You must have noticed how the summers are getting warmer every year. While the temperature breaks all records around the world, you need to make sure that your home remains cool. That’s easier said than done, as the door and windows need to be kept open all the time to maintain air circulation.
The heat that comes with summer sun makes headlines around the world. But the effect of harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays is not so apparent. Overexposure to UV rays is very harmful. Just like your skin needs sunscreen, the interiors of the house require protection from UV rays.
As the room gets constant exposure to the sun, the temperature inevitably rises to unbearable levels. This is especially true for rooms with large windows or glass doors. At this point, homeowners have no option other than turning on their air conditioning systems, which ultimately leads to a huge increase in your utility bills.
Even when the windows or doors are closed, the glass absorbs the heat from the sun and transfers it into the interiors. This is known as thermal heat transfer. So, what is the solution?
One of the solutions favored by households across the country is the installation of vertical blinds.
Are Vertical Blinds any Good?
They are not just good, they are great! Vertical blinds were very popular in the 80’s and since then, have never gone out of style. The simple reason is coverage and visibility.
Vertical blinds are a series of vertical slats or fabric louvers which stand parallel to each other when open, and can be twisted to lie flat against each other to close. They run along a sliding track at the top and are connected together by weight to make sure that the slats are evenly weighted across the full length of the track. The slats are connected with a chain that is used to operate the blinds.
When open, vertical blinds offer little obstruction as far as the view is concerned. In summer, I am sure your outdoor is full of flowers, birds, butterflies and happy family and friends making the most of the season. As much as we like to shield from the heat, who would want to miss that view! Vertical blinds won’t get in the way.
Vertical blinds are very useful if you have a full-length window or French doors. On a sunny day, the slats can be partially opened and positioned to control the flow of light into the room. At night, vertical slats can be fully closed to maintain privacy.
The ability to control light makes vertical blinds perfect for outdoor use, in conservatories and verandas. Just adjust the angle of the slats to achieve total light control.
How Does it Work?
Responding to the growing concern regarding rising temperatures, a lot of research has gone into making blind materials heat-reflective. The material in this case reflects back most of the heat and light it receives, reducing heat-transfer into the interiors. As a result, the interiors are much cooler than the exteriors.
In reflective blinds, a surface layer is added to the material. This surface layer reflects the radiation back toward the source of heat. This works especially well with sunlight, as the reflective surface is designed to face outward, thereby reducing a lot of heat gain through absorption. Eventually, the heat transfer is minimized, providing your interiors with a much-needed break from the sun.
So, even if you turn on your AC, it will have to run for a shorter period, as your heat-reflective vertical blinds does half the work. You will feel the difference immediately and the result will be evident in your electricity bills.
How to Choose a Heat Reflective Vertical Blinds
Given the sheer variety available in the market, selecting a reflective vertical blind can be confusing. Let’s look at some factors that will make the task easier.
Material selection is the most important factor that will influence your choice, especially if you are looking to combine some other functionality to go with the heat-reflective attributes. Textured vinyl vertical blinds can give a blackout effect to your room. Aluminum blinds are perfect for keeping the light out and also getting rid of excessive heat. They might be your choice if you want more privacy at night. Vinyl is lighter and can function well as a heat-reflective blind. It can filter light to fill the room with a diffused glow.
Keeping to your budget, while selecting the best for your house, can be a tricky business. Bringing the costs down is a priority for most shoppers. Aluminum blinds are more expensive and vinyl blinds will cost the least. If your budget is a concern, try to prioritize the areas that let in the most heat. Living areas are a perfect choice as they are bigger rooms, which have a lot of windows and doors.
There is no doubt that vertical blinds are smart and modern. They definitely a lively vibe to the aesthetics of the room. There is a limitation in the designs and patterns that can go on them, but you will have plenty of choices in color. When closed, vertical blinds cover large sections of the wall. Chose earthen colors if you want a toned-down effect. For a bold statement, splash you room with bright colors. However, for optimum heat reflection, go for neutral colors.
Gentle handling is advised for vertical blinds. Each slat comes with its gear and rough handling can easily dislodge them. Use smooth slow motions to open and close the blinds.
Dust is not that visible on vertical blinds as on horizontal blinds, but they do need regular cleaning. Dust can also get in the way of its heat reflection capabilities. Use a gentle feather brush and regularly brush down their full length to keep them shiny and smart.
Your new vertical blinds will be a proud addition to your home. Keep out that blaze and reintroduce the comfort of spring within the four walls of your house.