You may think ‘why are you discussing thermal blinds when summer is approaching? That doesn’t make sense!’ However, what you might not be aware of is that Thermal Blinds are actually great for keeping you cool in summer. Most people adopt thermal blinds to reduce energy bills in the cold winter months - which makes sense in the UK - but they are also excellent at keeping your room cool.
Do thermal blinds keep heat out? YES, during the summer months, thermal blinds come into their own by reflecting heat from the sun and keeping your room at a cooler temperature. When fully closed, thermal blinds can keep as much as 75% of the heat out of your home, making them a really good option for properties with a large amount of glazing that leaves you exposed at both ends of the seasons.
How do Thermal Blinds work for heat reduction?
Thermal blinds are designed with honeycomb pockets and are aluminium lined meaning that it traps air to create a thermal barrier between your home and the window where it is installed. Due to its energy efficiency, in the summer, it is excellent at reflecting heat back towards the glass and stops from warming up the air and subsequently keeping the room cool.
Comfortable all Year Round
Thermal blinds work by creating a heat reflective barrier at your window. These blinds have aluminium lined, honeycomb pockets that trap the air and work to create a thermal barrier between the window and your home, reducing heat loss by reflecting the heat back into the room.
During the colder months, when the heating is on, the barrier stops the cycle of warm air in the room hitting the cold glass, helping to reduce any heat loss. In the summer, it reflects the heat back at the glass and stops it from warming the air around the room, helping to keep it cooler. To make most use of the benefits thermal blinds bring in the summer, it’s best to keep the blind down as much as possible to ensure there are no gaps to let the warm air escape.
For even better performance, mounting the blind outside of the recess will ensure less gaps for the air to escape, giving you maximum benefit and keeping the room as cool as a cucumber!
What type of blinds are available in Thermal?
Due to the nature of their design, thermal blinds are fully effective in a small range of blind types. For that reason blind types such as wooden, Venetian and vertical blinds are not the best choice compared to full window coverings. As highlighted above, in order for them to work effectively and keep heat out, there needs to be no gaps for air to escape so with style like the above, they are not able to provide that layer of barrier and trap air to keep rooms hot or cold. Therefore, the most effective options you have available are Perfect Fit and Pleated blinds. Opting for Perfect Fit means you have a neat looking window shade with all of the benefits of keeping your room cool. Alternatively, if you don’t want to show any of the window frame and want the blind to be outside of the recess, pleated blinds are the option for you.
What colour options are there for Thermal Blinds?
Whilst you are restricted on the type of blinds available for a thermal option, you most certainly aren’t when it comes to colour choices! If you have a particular room that is decorated in a specific style or colour, you needn’t worry. If blue is your preference, no problem. How about red? Sorted. Particularly set on purple? No worries. Our range of thermal’s cover a spectrum of colours. So whether you want to keep it neutral and opt for a white or beige, or make a statement with one of the colours above? We have you covered.
Are Thermal Blinds adaptable for any room?
There are certain rooms that you will have earmarked for the use of thermal blinds. However, does that mean any room can cater for them? It really depends on the window type and where the room is situated in the home. For the south facing rooms in particular, this is where thermals will come into their own to keep the heat out. These coupled with loft conversions are possibly the warmest rooms in the house so if you have a pretty conventional window, you should be golden. However, large windows or doors such as bi-folds may make it difficult and more expensive to adopt thermal blinds. It’s always worth assessing the style of blind you feel will work best first and then see if there are thermal options available.
For more information on our range of thermal blinds, you can contact our customer service team for a more detailed chat. Alternatively, view the thermal blinds range here and order your blind today.