Do Thermal Conservatory Blinds Improve Insulation?
Posted: 15 Feb 2016
Controlling the temperature in your conservatory can be a problem all year round; whether it’s keeping it warm in the winter, or cool in the summer. This is mainly because the glass in a conservatory lets a lot of heat through; making insulating the room (both from heat escaping, and heat getting in) very important. However, many question if thermal conservatory blinds actually do improve insulation?
Thermal conservatory blinds can make an incredible difference with this, with the right blinds insulating the conservatory all throughout the year. But with so many blind types available, what blinds are the best for insulating your conservatory?
pure™ Pleated Blinds
One of the most popular blinds for conservatories, our unique pure™ Pleated Blinds are excellent for insulation. We have specifically designed The Solar Design™ fabrics for conservatories, so they absorb a lot of heat, preventing it from going through the glass.
Because most of the heat in a conservatory escapes and enters through the roof, the best insulating blinds are ones that work well as roof blinds. We have designed our pure™ Pleated Blinds to fit into the awkward shapes found in conservatory roofs, so there is as little exposed glass as possible – meaning there are fewer areas for heat to get through.
pure™ Pinoleum Blinds
Popular in timber conservatories and orangeries, pure™ Pinoleum Blinds also excellent for insulation. The natural heat absorption of wood, especially Basswood, mean that wood blinds often outperform fabrics when it comes to heat loss. However, with the addition of optional Solar Lining, pure™ Pinoleum Blinds become some of the best insulating blinds available.
Like the pure™ Pleated Blinds, we have also designed for them to fit into awkward shapes in conservatory roofs; letting as little heat through as possible.
Duette® blinds have a honeycomb structure, which means air is trapped between the two layers of fabric. This makes them very energy efficient and excellent at insulation. The fabrics design also means it can reflect the sun, so are very efficient in the summer too.
Although they create an area of trapped air between the blind and the glass, roller blinds are often fitted so far away that the insulation effects are diminished. They also usually have large gaps between each blind, letting heat and light through.
We also do not recommend roller blinds for conservatory roofs, which makes them unable to cover the main part of a conservatory that needs insulation.
Vertical blinds are very poor at insulating a conservatory, except at providing basic shade when used as window blinds.
So if you are looking for temperature control in your conservatory, there are actually a few options to consider. In general, the best advice is to always use blinds that have actually been designed for use in conservatories. These made-to-measure blind options will properly cover the areas where heat enters and escapes.
If you would like advice from one of our experts, please contact us for a free quotation.