Though summer is always a welcome time of the year, the surge in heat can make even the smallest tasks uncomfortable. If you have a home that retains a lot of heat, you might yourself resorting to cooling systems to balance the temperature. However, considering heat escapes and enters through open points of the home such as doors and windows, it’s worth looking at ways you can form a barrier between the inside and outside of your home.
If you’re not a fan of pumping the air conditioner 24/7, you might be wondering if there’s a more cost effective, energy efficient way of keeping the heat out. Luckily, there are a number of blinds to keep heat out that are not only functional and durable but stylish too. We take a look at the best window coverings to keep the heat out, and the pros and cons of each option.
Blinds to keep heat out
Roller shades are one of the best window coverings to keep the heat out, as they’re available in multiple fabric thicknesses. Depending on the intended use, you can choose from light filtering, sunscreen and blockout. The thick material acts as a barrier between the sunlight and the inside of your home and can stabilise the temperature of your room by keeping the coolness inside. Available in numerous shades and patterns, Roller blinds are a versatile heat resistant window coverings option that can be placed in any room of the house.
Pros of Roller blinds:
- Can be used alone or in combination with drapes and curtains
- Available in motorised options
- Easy to install and use
- Versatile and practical
Originally used in Roman times to keep dust and debris out of people’s homes during the construction of the Colosseum, Roman blinds are a simple and stylish window furnishing solution that come in various colours and materials. Much like roller blinds, blockout Roman blinds offer a great degree of insulation from the heat, as the thick material forms a barrier. They’re available in UV coated options to help further minimise the effects of the sun and are equipped with anti fading features to ensure they last for years to come.
Pros of Roman blinds:
- Will never go out of style
- Available in a variety of fabrics and colours
- Offers thermal resistance against heat
- Affordable alternative to curtains
When installed correctly, Vertical blinds are one of the best blinds to keep the out heat as it creates a seal that stops the heat from entering your home. These versatile blinds come in blockout options to provide maximum protection from the effects of the sun and are available in a range of colours to suit any style of home. Vertical blinds offer the most versatility as the slats can be angled at varying levels of light control and privacy.
Pros of Vertical blinds:
- Affordable and low cost
- Best control for privacy and light
- Great for wide windows and doors
- Individual slats can be replaced
Available in timber, aluminium and PVC, Venetian blinds make for popular heat resistant window coverings due to their simple and functional design. The aluminium blinds are particularly good at blocking out heat as they’re not prone to warping.
Pros of Venetian blinds:
- Great value for money
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Available in a lot of colours and materials
- Full privacy and light control
We hope we’ve given you an idea of the best blinds to keep the heat out. If you’d like to discuss some window covering solutions with one of our experts, please contact us and a member of our friendly team will get in touch soon.