• Control Your Windows As Well As Your Blinds

    Posted on 18th July 2011 by Chris.

    In the torrid heat of summer, it seems of vital importance that you can open the windows to vent the warmth in your home and allow a refreshing breeze to rush through. At any time of the year, in fact, it is much more comforting to let fresh air in and prevent the circulation and recirculation of old, stale air. Well, not only can you attain luxurious window blinds control with Controliss remote control blinds, but other companies can provide you with kit that will allow you to open and close your windows remotely as well. Whether gaining access to the window is difficult, or electrically operated windows are simply an appealing convenience for your home, openers can be installed on many different types of windows. For a standard top hung, bottom hung, standard casement window, or skylight, you may place a single chain-type opener that will push the window open and retract to close it. Or for larger windows and roof lights, the much stronger twin chain opener will be required. To open roof vents and domes that may have otherwise been troublesome to access because of their high-level positioning, linear actuators can be installed. To operate these openers, an array of control options are available which include wall switches, remote controls, and controllers that sense temperature, rain and/or smoke. Wall switches can be linked to the window openers with 1 to 4 switches to control the windows in a room at any time, without requiring direct access to them. For remote control operation, a signal receiver and transmitter might be required, dependant upon the opening system you want to control. A remote control can be set up to give individual, grouped and overall window control. A system that is ideal for conservatories, or other rooms that can heat up quickly, is the temperature and rain window control. This control panel can open and close various windows or roof vents to control the temperature within that room. When it is raining, the rain sensor connected to the system will trigger a command to operate the openers again to prevent the rain getting in. Smoke Control systems can also be supplied that will provide natural ventilation by operating the window or vent opening actuators whenever smoke is detected. These systems will ordinarily have power supplied through a mains connection but can also have a backup battery power supply if the mains fails. With the lethality of smoke when part of a building is on fire, this ventilation could give extra time to evacuate the property and therefore, could be an invaluable system in any residential or commercial building.

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  • Window of Opportunity

    Posted on 31st May 2011 by Chris.

    One of the most significant features of a home is it's windows. They not only draw in the natural light that enlivens the atmosphere of your interior, they also have tremendous aesthetic importance to the interior and exterior of the house. The wide array of frames, styles and glass options can be combined to produce some very striking and pleasing results. And then you may even consider adding extras such as Controliss window blinds to give complete control over the amount of light you let in through your windows whilst completing a really stylish look. When choosing a frame, the more common options that come to mind are UPVC, timber and aluminium. But the less common selections, such as composite and cut stone frames may suit some homes better. Composite window frames combine the durability of aluminium with the natural insulation of timber, allowing your window frames to better withstand the extremes of the weather on the outside and still help to prevent heat escaping the home. For these reasons, composite frames are growing popularity. Another alternative is the cut stone window surround. Although these will not suit all homes, they give a grand look and are very long lasting. The style of the window very much depends on the window's location and surroundings. You may want your windows to tilt, swing open or be made to do both, but you will need to consider anything around the window that could potentially obstruct it's operation. For example, if you plan to have window blinds top fixed within the recess of the window, it may be in the way when opening a window that tilts and opens inwards. Alternatively, you may decide that you want a box sash window that you can simply slide open. Or you may even decide to install a sun tunnel. These are particularly beneficial for internal rooms as they will allow natural light where it would not normally reach. The various options available for your glass mean you can choose to make your windows, not only energy efficient, but also unique. Coloured or stained glass is a popular choice, but also obtainable are vinyl stained glass films that can be applied to a window to add an off-the-shelf design or even your own design. High quality windows are expensive, but by making the right choices, there is lot of opportunity to create something original that will be pleasing every time it is seen and that could last a lifetime too.

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  • Energy Efficient Glass

    Posted on 17th May 2011 by Andy.

    Over the weekend whilst watching the television, I noticed a lot of commercials advertising and promoting Energy Efficient Glass. Although not a new creation, energy efficient glazing and windows has now been given a platform and increasing numbers of people are considering using this when replacing existing windows or at a new build stage. In the past few decades the implementation of double glazed windows has helped tremendously with reducing the cost of heating and energy bills, and there are a number of  options for different types of specific coatings on the glass like Pilkington's Activ Self-Cleaning glass and low emissivity energy efficient glass such as the energikare by Pilkington or Planitherm. Here’s how energy efficient glass works… Believe it or not up to 26% of your houses energy is actually lost through the glass! That’s a quarter of your houses energy! Although double glazing does improve reducing the loss of energy there is more you can do with the type of glazing you choose. As the natural rays of the sun stream into the rooms of your home, they create warmth. Normally the warmth could escape through the pores in the glass, but Energy Efficient glass has a special coating on the inside of the pane which reflects the warm energy back into the room.  This not only includes the natural energy from the sun but also heating from radiators and fires already in the home. This then enables you to turn the heating down in your home.  There are plenty of companies currently providing energy efficient glass like Pilkington and PlaniTherm. If you're one of the lucky people who have sun streaming through and it all gets too much then you could consider putting up a beautiful Controliss remote control blind. Then you can control how much sun comes into the room and how warm and bright you want it. They will work hand in hand with energy efficient glass and look amazing too. Not only can you transform your windows and decrease the use of the heating in your home, but you’re helping the environment with less energy escaping from the home and therefore a decrease in your carbon footprint.

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  • The Window Tax

    Posted on 10th May 2011 by Andy.

    You would be forgiven for thinking it was utter madness that you could possibly be taxed on the number of glazed windows in your home? Some people might not be able to afford such luxuries and have to board up their windows. Total darkness, how terrible would that be? Well, this was the crazy reality during the 1700’s. If you look at some older properties it is sometimes possible to see bricked up window spaces that would have previously been glazed to avoid the Window tax. The idea Window tax was circulated in the last 1600's but there was such strong opposition the permanent tax wasn’t introduced until 1842. The bigger your house in those days, the more windows you had and the more tax you paid. Window tax was abolished during the winter of 1850-1851 but then bought back as a tax for inhabited houses. So if you think Window tax what about brick tax? Brick tax was introduced in the UK in 1784 to help pay for the wars in the American Colonies.  Taxes were charged per thousand bricks, and increased year after year, putting small brick makers out of business and forcing builders to use timer and weather board again.  Brick Tax was stopped in 1850 due to its effect on the industrial economy.

    And finally…

    “Oh Mary, you’re wallpaper is absolutely gorgeous! Where did you get it?”

    It’s 1712 and Queen Anne has decided that all those fortunate enough to have printed, patterned or painted wallpaper should be taxed for the pleasure. To avoid the wallpaper tax it was possible to use buy plain none taxable wallpaper then have an artist create their own beautiful designs on it. I don’t know how that evaded being taxed but it did. Wallpaper tax was abolished in 1836. So thank your lucky stars today we don’t have glass, window, brick or wallpaper tax, if we did I don’t think our homes would certainly look very different indeed.

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  • The Colour of Glass

    Posted on 6th May 2011 by Andy.

    It’s so nice to loll around in bed at the weekends, that well deserved lie in is a real treat, that is until the sun streams through the window, burning through your eyelids. Then you have to get up. Despite how many curtains and old bed sheets you hang in the window you can’t quite seem to block those early morning rays. You could go very continental and install shutters, but beware, if you need that loo break in the middle of the night, you stagger around in the dark and could end up breaking something else! You could be a clever clog and install Controliss blinds, that way you wouldn’t even have to get out of bed. Why? Because they are remote control, and it’s doesn’t get much better than that, all you need now is a robot to bring you your tea and morning paper and maybe some kind of system to help you decide what you need to do over the course of the day and which clothes will suit your chores. Another way to dress your windows, which seems incredibly popular at the moment, is stained glass. I understand that you probably wouldn’t want to wake up thinking you’re at the altar of a church but it’s a lot more colourful and creative, you wouldn’t even have to cover the whole window, there are smaller stained glass pieces you can hang in the window that catch the light. There are a lot of places that provide stained glass courses so you can make your own creative piece of art in stained glass. If you think that’s too much effort there are lots of very talented artists such as Abinger Stained Glass and Richard Pett of Stained Glass Art who you can purchase from or have that extra special something commissioned that has real meaning to you. And some reclamation companies out there offer reclaimed stained glass that has real depth and history. So the next time you’re woken at 5am by the sun, think about how to harness those beautiful rays, with a remote control blind and a piece of colourful glass art.

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  • Window Restoration Advice for Period Homes

    Posted on 2nd December 2010 by jenny.

    Living in a period home truly has its benefits. Their old-world charm makes them very attractive to home buyers. No wonder they are in demand in the housing market. Period homes may even come with original wooden sash windows, which are a rare sight nowadays. Despite their scarcity, wooden sash windows may become problematic, especially if they show their old age. These windows may let in a draught during winter. Some may be hard to open. Others creak and rattle when strong winds blow. Worse, the timber may be showing signs of decay. Why Restore Period Windows? You may be tempted to replace these old windows with UPVC types that are are commonly found throughout the UK. Before you do, remember that plastic windows will look out of place in period-style homes. These 21st century contraptions will change the character of period houses, greatly reducing its value should you decide to sell your house in the future. For home buyers, original wooden sash windows contribute greatly to the attractiveness of period houses and demand for homes with well-maintained original windows are high. Restoring windows are also the greenest option, contributing less to environmental damage because you don’t have to replace the windows. Restoring Wooden Sash Windows Because of these reasons, it is usually best to restore these windows to their former glory instead of replacing them. Hiring specialists to restore your period-style windows may seem pricey at the outset, but they are considerably cheaper than replacing your windows. Conservation specialists say that restoring traditional sash windows is possible, even with extensive damage. When a sash window still has 50% of its wood remaining, conservation specialists would advice restoration instead of replacement. Restoring windows is also cost-effective because they will last for a long time, even longer than UPVC windows. If the wooden frame has been partly damaged, you can cut out the damaged timber about 50 mm beyond the point where it has decayed. The remaining timber will be treated and a new piece that matches the wood will be spliced into the frame. The window will then be sanded, filled, and painted. New seals will be installed to keep draught and noise out. These new seals also lead to better operation of the windows. Restoring Metal-Framed Windows Aside from wooden sash windows, some period homes have metal frames, especially homes built in the early to mid-20th century of the Art Deco and Early Modernist styles. These features may also be found in houses with mullioned windows. Metal-framed windows may become rusted or their paint may build up leading to problems in the window mechanisms. Some frames may become distorted because of age and the hinges and the latches may fail. For rust and paint buildup, repairs may be made without removing the frame. If the window needs major repairs, the frame must be removed and sent off to repair specialists. Be sure to photograph the window before removing and label the parts clearly. Badly rusted areas will be replaced and new hinges and latches may be installed. Energy losses from period-style windows can be mitigated by fitting them with electric blinds. Wooden blinds will be a great fit for these windows, enhancing their natural beauty.  Period homes may need more tender loving care than the average home, but as folks living in these places steeped with history would admit, their efforts are well worth it.

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  • Cosy Up With Electric Blinds

    Posted on 1st December 2010 by Lee.

    Winter has finally arrived in the UK, bringing with it strong winds and flurries. While winter may conjure thoughts of children’s laughter amidst merry snowball fights, it may also bring up not-so-merry thoughts about subzero temperatures, severe weather warnings, and the subsequent rise of electric and gas prices as households try to keep warm in subzero temperatures. As snow wraps the country in its cold embrace, there are simple measures you can do to keep your home warm while keeping your energy bills down. Here are a few tips to keep your home winter-proof and keep the chill out without depending too much on your heating systems: Keep your windows and window blinds closed. It’s amazing how something as simple as keeping your window blinds lowered can prevent heat from escaping through the windows, minimising the amount in your energy bill. Check for leaky windows. Warm air can escape from a loose window pane. You can caulk or tape the edges of the loose pane. Alternatively, you can prevent warm air from escaping through the windows by installing metal or plastic weather-stripping in the area between the window sash and frame. Keep draughts from entering through  doors. Just like windows, doors can also be culprits when it comes to heat loss. Draught-proof your door by weather-stripping or caulking between the door frame and the wall. Aside from this, heat can escape through bottom of the door, so draught-proof your door by covering the space with a door sweep or draught-proofing strips which are available in hardware stores. Clean your radiators. The dust in your radiators can absorb some heat so always keep your radiators clean from dirt and grime. Remove any objects, such as furniture or books to make sure that the vents are not blocked. Curtains can also block the radiators that are installed beneath windows , so keep your window coverings simple. Vertical blinds and venetian blinds are ideal window decorations because they only cover the window itself. These basic tips will keep your home cosy without driving up your heating bills. They are a sure fire guarantee that your house will be inviting and comfortable even in the coldest of temperatures.

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  • Smart Windows: The Windows of the Future

    Posted on 29th November 2010 by Lee.

    Being in the window blinds business, we here at Controliss have always been fascinated with the latest innovations in window technology. On the horizon are windows that can be incorporated into air conditioning, heating, and energy systems within the home. What's keeping us excited are the smart window technology that we’re seeing more and more of, such as that of electrochromic glass technology. Although they're not yet commercialised, electrochromic glass technology can pave the way to smart windows. The theory is that a pane of glass will be able to change its opacity from transparent to translucent through a remote control. The translucent window will completely block out the sunlight whenever you prefer it. Electrochromic glass will change how it transmits light as a response to the voltage and electricity that will be applied to it. In this way, light and heat that passes through the glass will be controlled. This kind of technology will need all windows to be wired electrically so that windows can be opened and closed for security and ventilation purposes. When this kind of technology is mass-marketed, having windows control light and heat will be commonplace. Imagine the possibilities that this kind of technology can do to our society. At this very moment, solar powered windows are being developed to generate electricity although this electricity might only be used to power the windows itself. Although these developments in window technology very exciting, we know that these kind of smart windows sold to the general public are extremely expensive and out of reach for most people. The closest things to smart windows are smart window blinds, such as electric window blinds. Controliss electric blinds do not need any professional installation in order to work and are powered by standard  AA and AAA batteries that you can commonly find anywhere. Choose from our extensive range of wooden blinds, venetian blinds, vertical blinds, and roller blinds. We’re sure that we’ll have the perfect window blind to fit your personal preferences.

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  • Create Serenity in Your Home with White

    Posted on 26th November 2010 by jenny.

    Refreshing and peaceful, white interior furnishings are globally revered by interior designers for  its serene minimalistic qualities. While some of us tend to veer away from white, afraid that it will be cold and clinical and those of us with children can be reluctant to introduce white furnishing for practical reasons. With children or without, applied correctly white furnishings can achieve beautiful results. All it needs is some creativity. For those with children, incorporate white into washable fabrics in your sofas. Some variants of white paint can be easily wiped clean without losing its sheen. If you have children, these are the best ways for you to incorporate white into your decor. White can best be warmed up with wood. White walls will look best with natural wood floors if the room is contemporary or traditional. If you are blessed with floorboards in great condition, white will highlight the lovely texture of wood. Add wooden furniture and you’ll have a great foundation for a perfectly balanced room. White can also be applied to the floors. Floors made with white tiles will give an airy feel in any room, widening the space because it reflects more light. Make your white floor warmer with rugs in neutrals or play with patterns for a more upbeat atmosphere. You can avoid the dullness of white by playing with texture. Layered textures will reflect light in different ways, adding more depth. White can be a perfect backdrop and foil for colours. Introduce colour in accessories and you’ll find that white makes the colours more vivid. White is the favourite of minimalist interior designers. White walls, white floors, and streamlined furniture are the best ways to incorporate sophistication in a minimalist home. If you want a more traditional style, then layer textures and still use white. A white crocheted bed cover will look wonderful in a bed with an antique headboard. White shades are often applied in window blinds and there are plethora of possibilities with different textured fabrics and finishes. Controliss electric Roller blinds in the minimalistic Liso Frost or the beutifully textured Viveza Pearl are firm favourites with interior designers and the pearlescent white and silver print finish  of the Plata Swan Roller blind with a contemporary iridescent pattern will add allure to your windows. Lighting can create a rather ethereal atmosphere especially if you have sheer Vertical blinds in Verso White which will soften the light coming from your windows. Using white in your interiors and especially in your windows is a great choice because it creates more space for you to think and relax in an atmosphere that feels airy and light.

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  • Vertical Blinds vs. Horizontal Blinds

    Posted on 22nd September 2010 by junowebdesign.

    When shopping for your window blinds, do you often wonder to choose Vertical blinds or horizontal (Venetian) blinds? The secret behind the answer to this dilemma is to find out your windows dimensions, the mechanism that opens and closes your windows, and your room's decoration style. The first thing to consider is the dimensions of your windows. If your windows are taller than they are wide and you operate your windows by raising and lowering them, then consider horizontal window blinds, such as our Controliss motorised venetian blinds or our motorised roller blinds. These fashionable window coverings will enhance your windows while making it cosy and relaxed. However, if your windows are tall and slides from side to side, you might want to consider using vertical blinds. The vertical slats will add height to your room and bring an air of formality and dignified beauty to your room. Aside from the windows’ mechanism and dimensions, you must also consider what your decorating style is. If your room is more modern or contemporary, the sleek lines of window blinds will create a unified look to your over-all design. What matters is to find the right fabric and texture that will merge with your decorative style. For example, if your room exudes a country charm, our Controliss wooden blinds will be a perfect match. Our suede vertical blinds will be right at home in a sophisticated room because of the opulent fabric. Deciding between vertical blinds or horizontal blinds is as easy as pie when you think about these three elements: dimension, operating mechanism, and style. Keep this in mind as you browse through our ranges.

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