Now that the clocks have gone back, the evenings will be longer and the temperature will be colder. Many people will find that any room with areas of large glazing can be uncomfortable to use, and often stop using those rooms entirely until the spring.
A lot of people think of blinds as something to use during the warm, summer months. After all, the most common use for blinds is to try and keep the sun out to make the room more comfortable – a problem that is at it’s worst during the summer. However, blinds actually have their uses throughout the year, especially during the colder months:
1. Increasing Privacy
When it is dark outside but you have the lights on inside, it can create the “goldfish bowl” effect – essentially meaning that everyone can see in, but you cannot see out. This can even be a problem when you have glazing on a roof, such as in a conservatory or orangery, as any neighbours are able to look down into the room.
Blinds are the ideal solution to this problem. When you want to use your conservatory or extension during a dark evening you can just extend the blinds and add total privacy to the room. When you want to enjoy the views the next day, you can then retract the blinds away completely.
2. Controlling Temperature
Any room with a large area of glazing can start to lose a lot of heat during the autumn and winter. Glass naturally transmits heat, meaning that even with constant heating it can be hard to keep a room like a conservatory warm. Because of this, many people stop using their extensions or conservatories when it’s cold, because they can be so uncomfortable to use.
The same properties that allow our blinds to help reduce heat during the summer also make them excellent at keeping heat in when it’s cold. Fabrics such as the Duette® pleated blinds are specifically designed to create an insulating layer, which helps prevent the heat from leaving the room. This is where roof blinds – whether they be conservatory roof blinds or lantern roof blinds – can make a real difference. As the majority of heat will leave a room through a glazed roof, adding blinds will create extra insulation where it’s needed most.
Bi-fold doors can lose a lot of heat through their metal frame – a large folding door blind that covers the entire set of doors will help stop the heat leaving the room through the doors. When combined with individual blinds on each panel of the doors, you will have total flexibility on how you want to shade the room.
3. Reducing Glare
Glare is a problem in any room with a lot of glazing all year round. However, in the colder months it can be an even bigger problem as the sun is often lower in the sky, meaning it often comes through side windows and folding doors. This can make it difficult to use anything with a screen, such as a phone, a tablet, or a TV.
Our blinds have been specifically designed to reduce glare while still letting in enough natural light to keep the room bright. With blinds on both the roof and sides of a conservatory, you can reduce glare throughout the day no matter where the sun is in the sky.
If you’re starting to find that your extension or conservatory has become too uncomfortable to use during the autumn and winter, arrange a meeting with a member of our sales team and see how our blinds can transform your room into a more comfortable space all year round.