How Your Window Treatments Can Help Keep Your Ottawa Home Comfortable
The days are slowly but surely getting longer, and soon enough we’ll switch from complaining about the cold to complaining about the heat–and trying to get away from it. Most people will pump up the air-conditioning and rely on an abundance of cold treats and beverages to combat the sticky hot Ottawa summers, but there’s a simpler solution! Something you probably already have in your home can help–blinds!
Often, when we decide to buy window treatments, we make the mistake of focusing on the aesthetic qualities rather than the functional aspects of our blinds and shutters. Ottawa summers can become unbearable at times, especially if your home is not summer ready, so here are a few ways blinds and shutters can help keep your home cool:
Ottawa residents who hear this word generally don’t give them a second thought. Beyond being a house staple, we simply think of blinds as something that adds a little privacy, and a little personal style to our home. Little do many of us know, investing in a solid set of blinds can cut cooling costs in half during the summer. It’s true! Blinds have one main purpose: to keep the sunlight out of your home. This not only keeps that annoying glare off your TV, but also deflects sunlight, which can magnify through your window and crank up the heat in your home.
It may be very tempting to go for appearance over functionality, but functioning blinds can give your home a multi-purpose and adaptable addition that will keep you comfortable during our sometimes uncomfortable Canadian summers. Many blind manufacturers include materials that are specifically designed to reflect the sun’s rays (reducing solar heat gain) and retain the cool air inside. With proper blinds you can save money, and stay cool.
Shutters, on the other hand, add an extra protective layer on the outside of your home. Shutters have adapted over the years to be more weather resistant, and to create an air tight seal around your window, ensuring that all the cold air in your home does not escape. Much like blinds, the majority of quality shutters include reflective materials, paints, and/or finishes.
Next time you’re shopping for window treatments, opt for blinds or shutters! There are many styles to suit your home that can also provide multiple benefits. Treat yourself and your home to some new shutters or blinds this year, and stay comfortable during the warmer months.