COOL TIPS TO KEEP SUMMER TEMPERATURES DOWN

09th of January 2020

Amidst Australia’s second warmest temperatures to date1, bushfires have reached catastrophic alert levels2, and as such, the summer of 2019 is anticipated to be a scorcher. Most of your home’s energy is lost through windows, with research3 revealing up to 40% of temperature lost and 87% of heat gained in your home occurs through uncovered windows. 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 this summer, without increasing electricity bills.

Insulation is key to maintaining room temperatures, and a few small changes can help make your home energy efficient and keep the bills down.

During the day, your windows let in more radiant energy than gets out. Sunlight enters through the glass, but as the window is unable to let infrared radiation escape, your home will get warmer and warmer. 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.

Insulation is key to maintaining room temperatures, and a few small changes can help make your home energy efficient and keep the bills down.

During the day, your windows let in more radiant energy than gets out. Sunlight enters through the glass, but as the window is unable to let infrared radiation escape, your home will get warmer and warmer. 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.

Keep the Heat Out
Actions as simple as closing window coverings first thing in the morning will prevent the heat of the day from entering, and help retain the coolest temperatures from overnight. Quality sunscreen fabrics will reflect heat and UV rays, drastically helping to reduce a room’s heat gain as well as protect furniture from sun damage or fading. It is also advisable to purchase window coverings that have insulating properties for extra heat defense.

Luxaflex® Duette® Shades are recognised as one of the most energy efficient window coverings on the market, featuring a honeycomb ‘cell’ structure which traps air and acts as an insulation barrier for windows.

Additionally, the revolutionary Luxaflex® Duette® Architella® range features a unique honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb cell construction which creates four fabric layers and three insulating pockets of air. These distinct air pockets can reduce the heat transfer through a window and reduce the average home’s heating costs by up to 43 percent in the winter months.

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