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  • Too Hot To Handle

    Posted on 21st July 2016 by Michelle.

    Too Hot Too Handle

    Temperatures have soared over the last few days, and although the UK has recorded its hottest day so far this year, the sunshine doesn’t always bring a smile to everyone face.

    By day we can treat ourselves an ice cream to cool our souls, Jublee’s and funny feet were always my favourite as a child, although nowadays I am all about the magnum!

    Cooling off by splashing cool water on the face and increasing our fluids are all well and good throughout the day, but the nights can be unbearable.

    Top tips for keeping you cool during the night

    Take a cool bath or shower prior to slumber Cotton bedding is a must, nylon and polyester will only add to the heat ensuring a restless night Ceiling or mounted fans can help circulate the air A glass of water by the bed to replenish the fluids should you wake

    Preventing solar heat gain through glazed areas is an absolute must so whilst out at work during the day try to keep window blinds lowered or curtains drawn in all the rooms that catch the sun. In the evenings, opening doors and windows to keep the house ventilated will always help keep the temperatures down.

    Visio-Lux-Titanium Electric Roller Blind

    Large glass expanses such as bi-fold, patio or sliding doors allow in the beautiful sunshine, but with that comes the heat. Dressing these larger glass areas with Controliss Visio-Lux diffusion screen electric roller blinds are a great way to compliment the decor, lowering the heat levels, preventing excessive glare and preventing the furniture from being damaged by the suns harmful UV rays whilst still allowing some light to gently filter through.

    Controliss blinds are a great way of reducing solar heat gain by employing cost effective prevention measures for south facing windows and doors and not only will they look sleek, chic and the envy of your neighbours, but they will also be worth their weight in gold when it comes to protecting furnishings from being sun bleached.

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with Electric Blinds, heat, roller blinds, Summer, sun, Visio-Lux

  • Savvy Window Shading Solutions

    Posted on 16th January 2012 by Jules.

    Somfy Thermosunis RTS Sensor

    Although our Winter so far has been relatively mild, it will not have escaped
    your notice, that the wind has been unprecedented! The wind chill factor has made it seem much colder than the thermometer might suggest.
 So as temperatures drop and fuel bills inevitably increase, just imagine if half of your precious heat was escaping through your windows!

    From my years as a practising interior designer, I would have banked on fully interlined curtains in a heavyweight fabric having greater insulation properties than a roller blind, I would be wrong!  In mind of keeping warm, I read an article recently
 that I found quite surprising; curtains can cut heat loss by 14% whereas roller blinds are double that at 28%.  wooden venetian blinds offer a very impressive 50% reduction in heat loss, as wood is a natural insulator.

    The key to energy efficiency, is the ability to control the energy either created or consumed. Thoughtful use of solar shading is a highly efficient way to achieve such control.

 Remote control blinds create a minimalistic method of trapping a layer of still air between your windows or doors, and the internal room space; reducing heat transfer in both hot and cold conditions.
 Opening the blinds during the day in Winter, allows natural warmth from any available sunlight to warm the interior; this is known as solar gain.  Closing the blinds at night, reduces the possibility of that heat escaping.

    At the other end of the scale, the blinds repel the sun's heat in Summer, preventing unwanted solar heat gain and maintaining a more consistent temperature internally.  These very simple steps can reduce the need for heating and air-conditioning, 
in turn saving you money.

    This control process is known as the "shading coefficient"; careful choice of window treatment greatly influences the shading coefficient value, thus lowering your heating and cooling expenses. In fact, adding wooden venetian 
blinds to your window is comparable to installing double glazing in terms of heat conservation!

    Controliss Blinds are available in a vast array of fabrics and finishes, whether they are mains powered or battery operated. Not only do they make an impressive interior design statement, combined with the ultimate convenience of remote control; they can ultimately save you money by increasing the shading coefficient of your home.

    At Controliss, we
 have all solar reflectance and transmittance values for all of the fabrics and finishes we use.

 We can offer an additional stage to increasing your thermal shading requirements, by incorporating  a programmable remote control, this facility permits 6 user programmable timed operations per day.  The benefit of this programmable feature actually simulates occupancy in an empty house, and will enable the thermal properties of the blinds to utilised even when you are away.

    For the ultimate in window blind shading control our wireless Somfy Themosunis indoor sensor will raise or lower the shades automatically according to sunlight levels or sunlight and room temperature. The wirefree easy to use sensor is compatible with all Controliss mains powered blinds and a single sensor can operate up to four Controliss Roller blinds or wooden Venetian blinds.

    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with blinds, controliss, electric, energy, heat, roller, shades, solar, somfy, themosunis, venetian

  • Home Efficiency Lower Your Window Blinds

    Posted on 18th November 2010 by jenny.

    Looking to lower your energy bills and be more efficient? Then, lower your window blinds. Thermal imaging cameras directed at Edinburgh historic buildings show that buildings with lowered window blinds or drawn curtains show up as deep blue, signalling that little heat escapes. Buildings with raised window blinds or open curtains show up as a high red and orange hue showing that this simple practice can lead to heat loss. In fact, this simple technique can be just as effective in keeping heat in as double glazed windows. This interesting study was conducted by the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust which aims to show that historic buildings are designed well and easy solutions can be made to make these buildings perform as well as modern buildings. The Edinburgh researchers also include other solutions such as draught excluders to keep historic buildings energy-efficient. According to Chiara Ronchini, Edinburgh World Heritage Trust’s energy efficiency expert, improving the energy efficiency of historic buildings will help in reducing carbon emissions and contribute to combat fuel poverty in the future. Ronchini further advises home owners to keep their window blinds closed at night to make sure that heat energy does not escape through the windows. If you find that lowering blinds every night is a chore, consider purchasing electric blinds that can be lowered, raised, or tilted with a remote control. We have remote controls that can control up to 99 different blinds with the same handheld device. With Controliss blinds, lowering your blinds will be so hassle-free that all it takes is a mere touch of a button. We have an extensive range of electric blinds to suit every decorating style, be it modern or traditional. So visit us and choose from the best designs in electric blinds.

    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with blinds, buildings, efficient, electric, energy, heat, home, window

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