Your window furnishings play a huge role in keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter. In fact, did you know that 40% of your home's temperature is lost through uncovered windows? This is also where 87% of heat is gained.
Whether you're building a new home, renovating, or simply making some cosmetic updates, it's important to think about the role that window coverings can play in helping you passively heat or cool your home.
By cleverly insulating your windows with the right coverings - and investing in smart sun protection - you can cut your electricity costs, and keep your home more naturally temperate all year round.
Choose quality window coverings
One of the most logical - but often overlooked - elements of heating and cooling is to cover your windows. By investing in reliable, high-quality window coverings, you can prevent heat from entering your home in summer, and also escaping in winter.
Luxaflex® Duette® Shades are one of the most energy efficient and durable window coverings on the market. They have a unique honeycomb 'cell' structure which traps air and acts as an insulation barrier for windows. Watch Neale Whitaker talking about the heating and cooling benefits of these shades in this short video.
The Luxaflex® Duette® Architella® range also features a unique honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb cell construction which creates four fabric layers and three insulating pockets of air. These smart air pockets can actually reduce the heat transfer through a window and reduce the average home's heating costs by up to 43% in winter.
Of course - the style of your window coverings is also an extremely important consideration, and is why Luxaflex® has just launched a stunning new range of fabrics and textures for the Luxaflex® Duette® Shades range. You can even order a sample here.
If you want a more subtle way to control the flow of light, the Luxaflex® Silhouette Shadings with their signature S-Vanes can help you transform harsh sunlight light into gentle, diffused glow. They are also made to filter harsh UV rays to protect your furnishings from damage. You can watch Neale Whitaker talking about the benefits of the Silhouette Shadings range below:
Create shaded outdoor zones
We Australians love to enjoy the great outdoors - especially over summer, and having ample outdoor space can be a wonderful way to create that 'holiday feel' in your home all year round.
By creating shaded outdoor zones, you not only create more usable living areas, but you also prevent radiant heat from entering your home via the windows during summer.
Designed in Australia, for Australian conditions, the Luxaflex® Evo Awnings range represents the latest in design and functionality. There are six models, available in a selection of beautiful fabrics and a range of smooth operating systems to suit any style of home. They also have in-built UV protection and offer an ideal combination of style and strength.
In fact, the Luxaflex® Evo MagnaTrack Awning with Luxaflex Spectra Fibreglass Sunscreen fabric can help eliminate up to 95% of solar heat, bringing you long-term energy savings and helping you feel comfortable no matter what the weather's doing.
You can also create effective indoor/outdoor zones with a covering such as Luxaflex PolySatin Shutters - the modern alternative to the traditional wooden shutter. Hidden inside the louvres is an insulation cell which helps keep rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. Made in Australia and backed by a 20 year warranty*, they also won't blister, peel, flake, corrode or fade.
Watch Neale Whitaker talking about the benefits of Luxaflex® PolySatin Shutters:
Automate your coverings
One of the easiest ways to control the temperature in your home is to open or close your window coverings at the right time of day. On a hot summer's day, for instance, it's wise to lower your coverings early in the day - and keep them closed until the temperature and air cools in the evening. This will prevent some radiant heat from entering your internal living spaces.
Luxaflex® offers a range of options when it comes to the operation of your blinds, shutters or awnings. This includes PowerView Motorisation, where your shades can be opened or closed with the touch of a button - even those on the exterior of your home. You can use either the Luxaflex® Pebble remote to do this, or an app on your own smartphone or device. You can even set timers - so your blinds open at a certain time in the morning, or close at a specific time in the evening. Plus, smart controls let you program your window coverings around the movement of the sun.
You can watch Neale Whitaker talking about the possibilities with PowerView Motorisation below:
Of course, not all window coverings in the home need to be automated in order to help you regulate temperatures. In fact, Luxaflex® offers a range of options to make it incredibly easy and efficient to open and close the window coverings around your home.
To find out more about the Luxaflex® range, visit our website or get in touch with us to discuss the options that are right for your home.