The estate agents love to talk about light flooding into rooms from the vast acreage of windows in a property – especially a modern one. And they’re right about the attraction – lovely bright rooms and, looking the other way, wonderful views, whether it’s a country barn conversion offering rolling fields or it’s an apartment giving you a bird’s-eye view of the bright lights, big city below. The only trouble is that light isn’t the only energy passing through the glass!
Between 10 and25 per cent of a home’s winter energy bill is accounted for by heat loss through the windows. The more glass in the home, the higher the number. And, come summer, the expenditure doesn’t disappear – homes with large expanses of glass can overheat, requiring air conditioning or a veritable wind farm of fans (except this wind farm doesn’t produce electricity, it eats it up).
Thankfully, your windows are a lot easier to insulate than walls or even roofs.
In 2010, Edinburgh World Heritage (the charity dedicated to conserving the city centre and its UNESCO status) conducted a study, taking thermal images of the historic Georgian townhouses. What they discovered was that simply drawing curtains, blinds and closing shutters had an immediate energy-saving effect. But not all the same effect, as you can see from the images here.
With over 27 years in the blinds business, Appeal Shading has developed an array of specialist solutions and the drive to produce blinds that will help customers reduce their fuel bills has always been a priority. (The company started in conservatory blinds, so they know a thing or two about the insulation needs of large amounts of glass!)
Among the energy-saving materials Appeal has developed is a unique double-layered hexagonal design with proven insulating properties. The honeycomb structure traps air inside each cell, delaying heat transfer between the window and the room. In addition to the effect of the hexagonal cells, the state-of-the-art material used in these blinds has been shown in tests to provide up to a 25% saving on annual energy bills.
The big news is that now, that design is part of the ULTRA wire-free power blind collection – the state-of-the-art home-automation system for windows recently launched at a remarkably reasonable price point by Appeal. And the ULTRA Honeycomb Energy Saver is a very welcome addition to the family.
As with all the blinds in the ULTRA collection, ULTRA Honeycomb Energy Saver has a quiet motor hidden in the unobtrusive headrail and a slim rechargeable power pack. Convenient wall-mounted control panels or hand-held remote controls allow you to take instant control over the insulation of your home, or you can opt for a programmable control which will operate the blinds automatically, so energy saving does not go out of the window when you’re not at home.
You can read a lot more about the benefits of the ULTRA system on the website but there are some benefits specific to ULTRA Honeycomb Energy Saver blinds.
The advanced automation options available on the ULTRA programmable wall panel or hand-held device allow you to control the system by timer – which will lower blinds at sunset before heat loss increases at night – or you can opt for a thermostat or light sensor based control. In summer, those programmes will lower blinds when either excess heat or direct sunlight becomes too much, saving you energy on air con or fans.
As with all Appeal blinds, ULTRA Honeycomb Energy Saver blinds are available in a wide variety of stylish fabric colours, to blend perfectly with the look of your home – and they come in different levels of opacity, including blackout. This is ideal for bedrooms, particular children’s bedrooms, not only keeping out the cold or excess heat, but keeping out light at times when you want your child (and/or you) to catch up on some sleep.
Sleep that will come a bit easier knowing you’ve fitted a highly effective energy-saving device to your home – one that is ULTRA-modern, ULTRA-efficient and ULTRA-stylish.