Amidst Australia’s second warmest temperatures to date1, bushfires have reached catastrophic alert levels, with the drought seeing Australia’s first day ever without any rainfall country-wide, in recorded history. As such, the summer of 2019 is anticipated to be a scorcher.
Most of your home’s energy is lost through windows, with research2 revealing up to 40% of temperature lost and 87% of heat gained in your home occurs through uncovered windows. Keeping the heat at bay, window furnishings, blinds and shutters can offer a sustainable solution and enhance the performance of existing windows, helping to keep your home cool this summer, without increasing electricity bills.
Insulation is key to maintaining room temperatures, and a few small changes can help make your home energy efficient and keep the bills down.
During the day, your windows let in more radiant energy than gets out. Sunlight enters through the glass, but as the window is unable to let infrared radiation escape, your home will get warmer and warmer. Stopping the heat of the sun from entering your home in the first place is much better than letting it in and cooling it down afterwards.
Keep the Heat Out
Actions as simple as closing window coverings first thing in the morning will prevent the heat of the day from entering, and help retain the coolest temperatures from overnight. Quality sunscreen fabrics will reflect heat and UV rays, drastically helping to reduce a room’s heat gain as well as protect furniture from sun damage or fading. It is also advisable to purchase window coverings that have insulating properties for extra heat defense.
Luxaflex® Duette® Shades are recognised as one of the most energy efficient window coverings on the market, featuring a honeycomb ‘cell’ structure which traps air and acts as an insulation barrier for windows.
Additionally, the revolutionary Luxaflex® Duette® Architella® range features a unique honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb cell construction which creates four fabric layers and three insulating pockets of air. These distinct air pockets have the ability to reduce the heat transfer through a window and reduce the average home’s heating costs by up to 43 percent in the winter months3.
Maximise Outdoor Shade
A report from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science shows that residential builds over the past few decades have been inclined to minimise or eliminate shading to walls and windows thereby making these dwellings less comfortable during our harsh summers4.
External shading reduces heat transfer through windows by up to 90* per cent and a whopping 88 per cent of a home’s heat gain in summer occurs through windows5.
Maximising living spaces with a seamless indoor-outdoor transition is a key trend right now. Outdoor awnings offer an extension of your living space as well as advanced sun protection and airflow for a more enjoyable entertaining space. It also provides the added benefit of helping maintain your home’s internal temperature.
The Australian designed Luxaflex® Evo Awnings range represents the latest in design and functionality. Six models are available in a selection of beautiful fabrics and smooth operating systems to suit any house style. They are specifically designed for harsh UV and demanding Australian weather conditions and offer the perfect balance between style and strength. Ideal for those looking to improve their homes sustainability and energy consumption, the Luxaflex Evo MagnaTrack Awning with Luxaflex Spectra Fibreglass Sunscreen fabric, can help eliminate up to 95%5 of solar heat, bringing you long-term energy savings and helping you feel comfortable all year round.
Improve your homes comfort and energy bills. Maximise insulation and minimise cooling bill this summer.
3 Savings are based on the installation of fully-recessed, reveal-mounted Luxaflex® Duette® Architella® Shades with 20mm blockout fabric in an average home in Sydney, compared with the House Energy Rating standard of Holland Blinds from AccuRate, in that home. These calculations have been modelled by an independent third party. Savings will vary based on the window type and installation.
* Based on research from Australian Building Codes Board - https://www.abcb.gov.au/-/media/Files/Resources/Education-Training/Case-Study-Energy-Efficiency-Performance-Solution.pdf
5 Based on research by the Australian Window Association - http://www.awa.org.au/documents/item/214