Shut the Sun Out: Controlling Sunlight with Window Treatments

Posted on Sep 29 2015 - 5:12am

windowsControlling sun exposure is very important in Australia given that heat is the number one natural killer in the country. There are many campaigns regarding the proper use of wearable, applied and installed sun shields, whether for the home or a commercial establishment.

As for homes, there are a number of solutions that help protect not only the inhabitants, but also the property itself. The most popular of them are outdoor shutters, which are best integrated into the home’s architecture as mounting, drainage, and hinging these is easier during new construction. Some systems are even required by local fire codes.

Reflective Light Feature

The surface of shutters reflects up to 92 percent of sunlight and keeps the light from getting absorbed. This controls the shade and the temperature in the room, making for a more comfortable living and working environment. Its ability to deflect sunlight also protects interiors from ultraviolet ray damage, and allows for more versatile control of shade.

Shutters are useful when it comes to automated control of sunlight and in preserving indoor pieces. This minimises negative impact on upholstery, carpets, paintings, furniture and plants. Remember that all these items and elements can sustain damage in varying levels when exposed to harmful ultraviolet light.

Better Summer and Winter Protection

In the summer, solid shutters decrease both heat loss and gain. These insulating shutters may consist of a vapor barrier, wood panels, and a cover. Professional installers can fit them tightly against a window frame to create an insulating air space between the shutter and the window.

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Indoor spaces can be up to 90 percent cooler in summer and 50 percent warmer in winter, compared to rooms that do not have shutters. During cold winter days, the cold wind remains outside, containing warmth and keeping heating bills down to a minimum. On hot sunny days, air conditioning may not be needed.