Learn the practical benefits of blockout blinds
Australia is one of the hottest countries in the world; the heat can be quite intense during summer. Air conditioning is an option, but not everyone can afford to run their cooling system 24 hours a day!
Now that sustainable cooling systems are growing in popularity, many Australians are turning to window fixtures as an affordable, eco-friendly way to block out the heat and the home improvement market is now flush with all sorts of blinds, shutters and curtains that provide more than adequate cooling. For those looking to modernise their current windows with fittings that repel heat, blockout blinds should be a top consideration.
What are blockout blinds?
Blockout blinds are named as such because they are designed to block out the sun completely. They function as a barrier for a partial or full cover of natural light in bedrooms, living rooms, and other parts of the house.
If you live in a sweltering area but cannot afford to run your air conditioning system for long hours, blockout blinds are an ideal alternative.
1. Blackout shades
At Blinds Quickly, we also offer a wide range of blackout shades that suit any budget and preference. Blackout shades are designed to prevent the majority of light from penetrating your windows, thus helping you sleep better, especially if you have a graveyard working schedule.
Our blackout shades are also great for blocking out harmful UV rays, improving insulation, and enhancing privacy and security. Blackout blinds can help Australian families keep energy costs down while preventing the sun from fading furniture.
Features of blockout blinds
- Available in a wide range of fabric options – thin, thick, opaque, printed or solid.
- Available in moisture-wicking and washable varieties, in a cornucopia of textures, colours and patterns.
- Works by gathering the fabric into a roll at the top of the window.
- Can be adjusted manually or mechanically.
- Custom made to fit exact window measurements.
- Available in different styles for different seasons of the year, depending on how much light and insulation are needed.
8 Benefits of blockout blinds
Australian homes can significantly benefit from blockout blinds – whether in Sydney, Canberra or Newcastle. Apart from their ability to control the amount of light entering a room, blockout blinds offer other benefits, listed below (click on each one to find out more):
- Protection from sun and heat
- Protection from UV light
- Heat dissipation
- Reduced glare
- Noise control
- Greater privacy
- Reduced cooling and heating costs
- Full customisability.
1. Protection from sun and heat
The most obvious benefit of blockout blinds is the ability to block both natural and artificial light completely. This feature is ideal for the following rooms:
- Bedrooms, especially when people working the night shift, are trying to sleep during the day.
- Home theatre rooms
- Home offices
- Studies, where the sun often creates glare on computer screens
- Rooms with large windows where it can get too hot in the summer
2. Protection from UV light
Blockout blinds often come with UV light resistance treatment to keep those harmful rays out of the home. This ensures improved safety, comfort, and well-being for the family.
3. Heat dissipation
Unlike traditional blinds, blockout blinds do not trap heat in the windowpanes. Instead, they deflect heat to prevent it from entering your living space. If the summer heat is a big problem, choose blockout blinds with light colours and premium fabrics as these are less likely to attract sun rays.
4. Reduced glare
When the TV or computer is situated opposite a window, screen glare can be a constant issue. But thanks to their special fabric, high-quality blockout blinds can help reduce or even eliminate solar reflection.
5. Noise control
In addition to blocking out light and heat, blockout blinds can help with soundproofing a home. They can reduce ambient sound and distractions by preventing noise from entering a room. This can enormously benefit to rooms where silence is essential such as home theatres, bedrooms, and study rooms.
6. Greater privacy
Although most blinds can offer sufficient privacy, they only provide coverage during the day. Traditional blinds – no matter how thick they are – become less effective at night when the lights are switched on, exposing the home interior to the outdoors.
The opaque nature of blockout blinds ensures that the household is safe from peering eyes 24/7. As a result, there will be no more concerns whether neighbours or passers-by are peeking into the home during the night.
7. Reduced cooling and heating costs
Blockout blinds are great for insulating the home. And these insulating properties mean that they can deflect heat in the summer and trap in heat during winter – leading to less dependence on air conditioning and heating systems.
Blockout blinds are an effective way to keep light, glare and noise out of living spaces, potentially saving money on power bills.
8. Full customisability
Blockout blinds are fully customisable to match the location of the property and how much light the household needs to block out. Less opaque blinds allow more sun through, while double blinds provide intense coverage as they are thick enough to repel heat day and night. There is also an option to add a light filtering blind for extra customisation.
Need blockout blinds? Contact Blinds Quickly for professional installation
Blinds Quickly is a locally owned business specialising in window blinds. We have installed hundreds of roller blinds, venetian blinds, Roman blinds, and vertical blinds in homes across Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra. We also supply blinds for commercial premises designed with the aesthetics of the residential and commercial property in mind.
Our window blinds come in a variety of materials and thicknesses – each for a different purpose around your home. They can be rolled all the way up to reveal the whole window or at a specific height of your choice, depending on the amount of sun you want to let in. By providing high-quality, stylish and affordable window solutions, we are able to help our clients improve the comfort, look and value of their homes or establishment.
Blinds Quickly stands out among the competition because it sources blinds direct from the factory, making it easy to choose materials and components. Find out more about what we can offer. Give us a call at 1300 112 333 or fill out our online form to get a free quote and take your home one step closer to getting the perfect set of blinds for the Australian weather.