How To Use Custom Blinds, Shades, And Curtains To Beat The Heat

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Custom blinds and drapes are one of the easiest ways to elevate the look and feel of any room in your home. Nothing makes you feel more like you’re in a hospital (or a bad hotel) than stark white, plastic blinds that fly up and down with that familiar smacking sound. You don’t want your home to feel like a hospital or bad hotel, you want it to feel comfortable and peaceful, and you want it to reflect your personal sense of style. That’s why Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura strives to provide one of California’s largest selections of high-quality, modern window treatments.

You might be surprised to learn that making your home look good isn’t the only thing custom blinds, curtains, and shades can do. They also have a big role to play in keeping your home comfortable by keeping heat out when you want to be cool, and keeping heat in when you’d prefer to be warm. Keep reading to learn more.

Staggering Stats About About Windows And Heat Gain

Since you, like us, probably live in California, we’re going to focus this article on the ability of custom blinds, shades, and curtains to keep heat out. While we love the almost-constant sunshine, it can sometimes cause our homes to become uncomfortably warm. With the average American family spending nearly $2000 on heating and cooling costs, this type of heat gain from sunlight can really drain your pocketbook.

What most people don’t realize, however, is that custom blinds, shades, and curtains are a low-tech, highly-efficient way to beat the heat! Here are just a few ways custom window treatments from Arjay’s can help your control the temperature in your home.

Use Window Treatments To Cool Your Home

  1. Utilize Exterior Shades –  The best way to beat heat gain is to prevent sunlight from hitting the surface of your window at all. This can best be done with awnings or other exterior shade options we offer.
  2. Use Curtains & Drapes Strategically – During the summer (and any time the sun is shining directly onto your windows) it’s best to keep curtains and drapes closed. Just this simple act can reduce heat gain by up to 33 percent. Our professional installers can hang your custom curtains in such a way that they’re as close to the window as possible, further reducing the heat that enters your home!
  3. Get Reversible Shades – “Reversible shades that are white on one side and dark on the other can be switched with the seasons with the white side reflecting the sun in the summer and the dark side absorbing it in the winter,” explains Consumer Reports. You may also want to investigate quilted roller shades and Roman shades that are insulated, as these can be more effective than other soft window treatments.
  4. Install Custom Blinds – While blinds are a very flexible form of window treatment, they’re not the most effective in blocking heat. This is mostly because even privacy blinds have slats, either horizontal or vertical, through which the heated air can make its way into your home. However, when completely closed, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45 percent, reports the Department of Energy.
  5. Try Reflective Window Films – While less traditional than curtains or blinds, window films are becoming very popular in California, as our air conditioning season lasts almost all year long. If you’re willing to give them a try, remember that the more reflective your window film is, the better. Limited budget? Try installing window films only on east- and west-facing windows as they have a greater potential for heat gain.

No matter why you’re looking for custom window treatments, remember that the skilled team at Arjay’s is ready to help. Contact our team or come visit our Ventura showroom today!