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Eco Design Tips: Curtains and blinds

The Eco Design Advisors are often asked ‘Do you recommend double glazing?’ The answer is yes, we always do. But there is an easier way to improve your window insulation.

Curtains or blinds are usually the first thing we recommend for improving window insulation. Some types of blinds scored highly in the recent consumer test of curtains and blinds.
 
Many types of blinds are also able to reduce the sunlight coming into the living space. This is more comfortable in summer, without completely blocking the light.
 
Normal roller blinds and Roman blinds will block the sun, and are not ideal for this purpose. Venetian blinds, horizontal blinds and internal shutters are best suited to summer use.
 
Honeycomb blinds are good for light reduction, but without being able to see out. Some models also have an extra sunscreening blind. Sunscreen blinds in particular will reduce the amount of sunlight coming in, but still allow you to see through them. They can also provide privacy by being more opaque for people looking in. The qualities that make these blinds good for summer use will also make them good for winter use when heating at daytime.
 
You can also fit these types of blinds on the inside of window frames, adding to the performance of existing curtains.

Hutt City Council offers a free home assessment service by our in-house Eco Design Advisor.

For a full house assessment and advice,

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