In the summer, a conservatory is an amazing addition to any home: it offers a real sun trap and an opportunity to make the most of the (short!) British summer.
In the winter, though, things can be very different. When temperatures plummet, conservatories can be costly to keep warm, and the chill that penetrates through the vast expanse of glass can spread throughout the rest of your home too.
That’s where conservatory blinds come in. With the right window coverings, you’ll be able to keep the heat in and the cold out, without spending a fortune on your central heating bills.
However, you’ll need to think carefully about your needs. Generally, you’ll find that slatted blinds don’t retain heat as well as roller blinds or Roman blinds, with the latter creating more of a barrier between the winter weather and the inside of your home.
Think about moisture levels too: if damp is a problem in your conservatory, choose fabrics that are unlikely to retain water, to avoid damage. In terms of fabric, choose thermal options for the very best insulation, or blackout blinds, which are often thicker than their non-blackout counterparts and therefore keep out more of the cold.
While it can be tempting to buy off-the-shelf to avoid extra expense, it’s important to ensure that your choice of blinds fits your windows perfectly. Gaps around the edges will let the cold air in and the warm air out, meaning that they won’t provide as much insulation as those that are measured specifically to fit your windows.
Finally, once your blinds are installed, the way in which you operate them can have a big impact on the temperature of your home. When the sun rises, it’s time to open the blinds, as the heat from the sunlight will provide natural warmth. In the evenings, when the sun goes down, it’s time to close them, to avoid losing all of the heat that you have built up during the day.
Here at Absolute Blinds
We have been supplying custom-made shutters, blinds, awnings, canopies and curtains for both residential and commercial properties for over 15 years. We pride ourselves on the quality of our products, our excellent customer service, and the value for money that we provide. We manufacture everything ourselves here in the UK, meaning we can maintain the highest standards and complete the occasional job in a hurry if you really need us to! To help you out we offer a free no obligation survey and quotation service – and if you decide to take one of our wonderful products our installations are free of charge.
As always we’ll be delighted to help and advise you.