How Window Blinds Can Help Keep Homes Cooler During Warm Weather

We’re all craving more sunshine and warm weather this summer, but even a little bit of sunshine can damage furniture and cause homes to overheat. So how can window blinds help to protect furniture from harmful UV rays and keep homes feeling cool as temperatures rise during the summer months?

Here’s how and why they work, along with some practical tips on maximising their cooling benefits.

For many keeping your home cool becomes a top priority in the summer. While air conditioning is effective, it can be costly both financially and environmentally. An often-overlooked solution that complements air conditioning or even replaces it in milder climates is the strategic use of window blinds. Window blinds not only enhance the aesthetics of your home but also play a crucial role in regulating indoor temperatures by reducing the amount of heat that enters through windows.

How Window Blinds Keep Homes Cool

  1. Blocking Sunlight: One of the primary functions of window blinds is to block sunlight from entering your home. Sunlight carries heat, and when it passes through windows, it warms up the interior space. Blinds, especially those with light-coloured or reflective surfaces, can significantly reduce the amount of solar heat gain by reflecting sunlight away from your home.
  2. Insulation: Blinds act as a layer of insulation for your windows. When closed, they create a barrier between the glass and the room, preventing heat transfer. This insulation effect can help maintain cooler temperatures inside, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
  3. Ventilation Control: Many blinds are designed to allow for adjustable ventilation. By tilting the slats or adjusting the blinds to allow airflow while still blocking direct sunlight, you can create a cooling breeze without compromising on privacy or protection from heat.

 

Tips on Using Window Blinds Effectively

Choose the Right Type: Different types of blinds offer varying levels of insulation and light control. Our Duette honeycomb blinds are known for their excellent insulation properties due to their air pockets that trap heat. Roller blinds with reflective backing are effective at blocking sunlight and reducing heat gain.

Close Blinds During the Day: The most effective way to use blinds for cooling is to keep them closed during the hottest parts of the day, especially on windows that receive direct sunlight. This blocks out the sun’s heat and prevents it from warming up your home.


Reflective Surfaces: Opt for blinds with reflective surfaces or light colours. These will reflect more sunlight away from your windows, reducing the amount of heat that enters your home.


Use Blinds in Combination: For maximum cooling efficiency, consider using blinds in conjunction with other window treatments such as curtains. Layering these can provide additional insulation and light-blocking benefits.


Nighttime Ventilation: During cooler evenings, open your windows and tilt the blinds to allow for natural ventilation. This can help cool down your home after a hot day.

By blocking sunlight, providing insulation, and allowing for adjustable ventilation, blinds can significantly reduce indoor temperatures and lessen the need for excessive air conditioning. Our local experts can help you choose the best blinds for keeping a home cool during an in-home consultation. Find your nearest Apollo here and book in with us today to enjoy a cooler home this summer!