Thursday 14 October 2021

How to Keep Your Home Cool and Save on Energy Bills This Summer!

With many Australian families staying at home over the holidays, the lead up to summer is the perfect opportunity to consider how to make the most of your home and outdoor areas. Making your available space as versatile and comfortable as possible with stylish shade solutions will keep the heat out and reduce costs on energy bills at the same time.
Most of your home’s energy is lost through windows, with research revealing up to 40% of a home’s heating energy can be lost and up to 87% of heat gained in your home occurs through uncovered windows. By keeping the heat at bay, window furnishings, blinds, and shutters can offer a sustainable solution and enhance the performance of existing windows, helping to keep your home cool throughout summer without increasing electricity bills.

According to Vera Meharg, Marketing Communications Manager, Luxaflex®, maximising living spaces with a seamless indoor-outdoor transition has been a key trend over the past years, and shows no signs of slowing down. Making your home design more versatile, outdoor awnings offer an extension of your living space and provide advanced sun protection and airflow for a more enjoyable entertaining area. Not only does it help reflect harsh Australian UV rays, it provides the added benefit of helping maintain a home’s internal temperature.
Stopping the heat of the sun from entering your home in the first place is much better than letting it in and cooling it down afterwards, Evo Awnings, are proven to reduce cooling energy costs by up to 60%. When combined with Luxaflex® Spectra Sunscreen’s ability to eliminate up to 95% 3 of heat from solar radiation, the Evo MagnaTrack Awning can bring you long term savings and help you feel comfortable all year round. It has been designed to provide timeless styles and practical solutions for outdoor spaces.

When selecting an awning, Vera also notes that the colour of the awning will impact the heat and glare.
Darker colours are best for reducing glare, whereas lighter colours are more effective for heat control.
According to Vera, when it comes to spending time indoors, insulation is key to maintaining room temperatures. It’s important that homeowners can manage the temperature by keeping hot air out, and a few small changes can help make a home energy efficient and keep the bills down. Recognising which types of window shades are insulating, sustainable and beneficial for long-term use will assist when making window covering decisions.
Honeycomb blinds are one of the best choices in interior window treatments for keeping the heat out during summer. 
Luxaflex® Duette® Architella® Shades are the most innovative honeycomb shades in Australia and one of the most energy efficient window coverings on the market. With a contemporary sleek look, the shades feature a unique honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb cell structure which traps air and acts as an insulation barrier for windows. When closed, it can keep the heat out in summer and reduce heat loss in winter. These distinct air pockets have the ability to reduce the heat transfer through a window.
Another way to keep your home cool during summer and adding a design element is with Luxaflex® PolySatin® Shutters. The Australian made shutters are the modern alternative to traditional wooden shutters and combine timeless grandeur with practical and durable design. They bring relaxed elegance to any interior with the soft, matte lustre look of freshly painted wood and have a non-porous surface that makes them the perfect choice for wet and high humid areas.
Homeowners can achieve precise control of light and privacy with shutters, allowing natural light in while maintaining the concealment by positioning the louvres to suit the desired view through. PolySatin® Shutters are UV-stabilised, meaning they can last for years even in the harshest climates.
Best of all, they are different from traditional window coverings, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable, bringing the cost of your energy bills down by saving on cooling and heating requirements. Design wise, they add a wow factor to your window treatments that make them a perfect choice for the contemporary Australian home!

Till next time... visit for more information on the latest technology on blinds and keep your home cool and save on energy bills this summer!


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