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SAVE ENERGY, SAVE MONEY

Uncovered windows are responsible for up to 40% of heat loss from a home in winter, and up to 50% of unwanted heat gain in summer.

A 1 degree fall in temperature in your home adds 10% to your heating bill. Conversely an increase in temperature in summer adds significantly to the energy required for cooling.

So did you know Curtains can preserve up to 20% of your homes total heat?

Window coverings trap a layer of still air between the glass surface and the covering, reducing heat flow through the glass.

So choosing the right window coverings to insulate your windows will save you energy and money on your power bills.

HELP THE ENVIRONMENT

Saving money on your power bills is not the only benefit. Reducing power consumption will also help the environment by reducing CO2 emissions which contribute to global warming.

In fact, local and state governments are now recommending the installation of curtains in new homes in order to acquire the ‘correct’ energy rating.

So you can save money and help the environment!

Curtains can preserve up to 20% of the total heat in your home. They create a trapped layer of air between the fabric and the window, creating an insulating air pocket.

Studies demonstrate that Block Out Curtains can reduce heat gains by 33%. Curtains also stay cooler in the summer than other window treatments because their pleats and folds lose heat through convection.

LINING

If you add lining to your Curtains, you create a second layer of trapped air, and further insulation.

PELMETS

A Boxed Pelmet adds a barrier at the top of curtains to prevent air flow. Pelmets stop the warm air which has risen to the top of the room from going over the top of the curtain and transferring through the window.

Blinds are perfect at reducing summer heat gain and are best when combined with Curtains.

HOLLAND BLINDS

Holland Blinds are available in UV filtering and energy reflective fabrics which help control the amount of energy that enters and exits the room and vice versa.

ROMAN BLINDS

The fabric layers in Roman Blinds create an air barrier which offers increased insulation.

VENETIANS

The numerous openings between the slats in Venetians offer flexibility in the summer months. Adjusting the slats allows you to control light, ventilation and they can be adjusted to block and reflect direct sunlight onto a light coloured ceiling. A light coloured ceiling will diffuse the light without much heat or glare.

CELLULAR BLINDS

The unique construction of Cellular Blinds allows air to be trapped within the cells creating a layer of insulation and a very energy efficient window covering.

Window shutters, both interior and exterior, are very effective at reducing heat gain and loss in your home.

INTERNAL SHUTTERS

Internal Shutters are best combined with Curtains for improved insulation. Like Blinds, Shutters work best for summer shading. Movable or fixed louvers allow ventilation and natural daylight to enter a room whilst blocking out some of the radiation.

EXTERNAL SHUTTERS

External Aluminum and Roller Shutters offer weather protection, added security and the advantage of not having to use up interior space. They are an effective way to reduce heat gain through windows in summer and keep a home cool, some statistics showing external shading can reduce heat gains by 70-85%.

Window Awnings can greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency in summer. Awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 77% on windows.

The role of an Awning is to regulate the amount of solar energy that reaches the facade of your home, especially the parts of it that are glass. An external shade will block out up to 80% of the direct heat load on a window, resulting in an immediate reduction in heat transfer.

Adjustable or retractable Awnings can be rolled up in the winter to let the sun warm your house.

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  • What are Wave Fold, Ripple Fold or S Fold Curtains?

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    There's a trend in curtains right now that leans toward the simple, yet elegant look. The curtain of choice looks to be the wave fold. Also known as ripple  ..
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    There's a trend in curtains right now that leans toward the simple, yet elegant look. The curtain of choice looks to be the wave fold. Also known as ripple fold or S fold curtains, they provide a very contemporary look without being too outrageous or flashy.

    Curious? We'll cover a little bit about what these curtains are and how they work, then dig into where they fit and how you should use them.

    What are S Fold Curtains?

    S fold curtains are unique in the sense that they open and close smoothly. As the name implies, the curtains look just like a wave or long "S" pattern that continues as long as the length of the window it's covering.

    This soft flowing wave effect allows the fabric to drape beautifully and the overall look creates a very contemporary and on-trend finish. Wall to wall and ceiling to floor s fold curtains can truly transform a space, adding softness to a room with the fabrics movement and texture.

    The track that the curtain uses is slim, meaning that it can fit into small spaces between windows and the ceiling. This is what makes the S fold so great for taller windows or any window that is situated without much space for a curtain rod.

    Additionally, if your windows are generally small, S folds can help you create the illusion of size. Hanging your curtain rod closer to the ceiling and letting the curtain drape down past the window will give the impression that your windows are larger than they are.

    Things to Consider

    There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you're choosing your S fold curtains. The first thing is the fabric.

    Try to find a fabric that's light, airy, and soft. Stiff fabrics can be clunky and take up a lot more space. A softer material, however, will fold up nicely and hang beautifully.

    Beyond that, you have the freedom to choose any fabric, design, or placement that you want. These curtains are timeless and go will with modern interiors just as well as traditional ones, so there's nothing holding you back.

    Need More Advice?

    Curtains are a huge element in the feel of any room. S fold curtains or otherwise, we have the knowledge and information needed to help you make your next decision.

    There's no harm in getting a little advice about how to make your home as beautiful as possible. See what we have to offer.

  • The Best Window Privacy Options and Treatments

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Big, bright windows are a major selling point for all homes. Once you move in, those beautiful windows can run up your utility bills and leave you wanting f ..
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    Big, bright windows are a major selling point for all homes. Once you move in, those beautiful windows can run up your utility bills and leave you wanting for privacy.

    Window treatments are a great way to protect your privacy and save energy. The best window privacy options reflect your style and allow natural light in.

    Not sure what window treatments will work for you? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Dollar Curtains + Blinds has all the window privacy options to suit your tastes and needs.

    Read on for a list of options that will work well for your home.

    Roller Blinds

    Roller blinds are made of panels of fabric that cover the width and length of your windows. They are ideal for people with specific tastes because they are highly customisable.

    Choose from sheer or opaque fabrics, all of which are able to maintain their original quality after exposure to the bright Australian sun. Roller blinds can be opened and closed through chain control, spring-loaded operation, or motorisation.

    If you're looking for versatility and easy customisation, these blinds will work for you.

    Roman Blinds

    Roman blinds are traditionally an opaque window covering made from blockout fabrics. They are designed to be raised to let light in during the day and lowered at night to protect your privacy.

    Roman blinds have beautiful fabric folds when drawn open and create a more decorative look. Depending on the fabric you choose, roman blinds can have a modern or traditional appearance.

    Venetian blinds are the most traditional of all the window treatments. This is a window treatment to go for when you're working with a tight budget.

    Venetian blinds consist of slatted blinds that can be opened or closed through the use of a cord. They can be the sole window treatment, or complemented with the use of curtain panels.

    Sheer Curtains

    Sheer curtains allow light in during the day while allowing for daytime privacy. They also allow you to look out and take in surrounding views. These curtains are made of very sheer fabric that is opened or closed through a pulley system that pinches or pleats the fabric together. This sheer fabric acts to diffuse and soften the natural light.

    Sheer curtains are great for adding height to rooms with low ceilings, and for softening up the look of bare walls and windows. They are ideal to layer with blockout curtains or blinds so you can achieve day and night time privacy as well as light control at night time with the blockout fabric.

    Interior Plantation Shutters

    There are many different types of shutters available for the interior of your home, but plantation shutters are one of the best. These shutters are hinged to the window and consist of slatted blinds inside a frame.

    Plantation shutters are super versatile. You can open the blinds within the shutters, or pull or fold the shutters away from the window to allow lots of light to come in. Close them at night for privacy.

    Use Any of These Window Privacy Options

    Protecting the privacy of your home doesn't mean you have to sacrifice natural light and style. Window privacy options make the most of natural light, style, and privacy so you'll have a home that is both beautiful and secure.

    They also have the added benefit of energy savings during those sweltering Australian summers. Want to learn more about window privacy options that are perfect for your home? Contact us today for your free in-home measure and quote.

  • What are the Advantages of Double Roller Blinds or Day & Night Blind

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    When you're looking to make some home upgrades, it's crucial that you put thought into each purchase. There's a lot to be gained even when you purchase  ..
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    When you're looking to make some home upgrades, it's crucial that you put thought into each purchase.

    There's a lot to be gained even when you purchase something as simple as a set of blinds. Double roller blinds, also called Day/Night blinds, provide a lot of value for your household.

    If you'd like to learn more about these window coverings and how they can help you out, read on.

    Double Roller Blinds Let You Control Your Home Lighting

    Double roller blinds are your best option when you'd like to control light. They have two different options so that you can make your room dark or let in varying degrees of light.

    When you switch to the blockout blinds, you're able to get excellent privacy and darkness in your room. As a result, you'll also optimize your sleep cycles, so you can wake up each day with more vitality and energy.

    Your body produces melatonin at night, so light seeping into your room in the morning could diminish the quality of sleep you receive. Switching to these blinds can help your body produce more melatonin, which will not only make your brain work better, but also help with everything from depression to heartburn.

    At the same time, who wants their room to be dark all the time? By switching to the other sunscreen or sheer rollers, you can let in more sunlight so that you have more visibility and don't have to keep your lights on all the time. At the same time, the sunscreen or sheer roller blinds provide daytime privacy and filter or soften the light.

    These Blinds are Excellent For Room Decoration

    Installing these blinds will help you out when you want to decorate as well.

    They'll add warmth to your home, there are a variety of colour and style options that you can choose between. Dollar Curtains + Blinds Interior Consultants will also help you to customize your blinds so that they suit any decorative setup that you are going for.

    Our highly qualified team will easily install them, so you don't have to worry about a complex setup or DIY and making mistakes.

    You'll Make Your Home Cost-Effective and Eco-Friendly

    The true benefit of these blinds is that they're great at preserving home energy.

    By controlling your lighting and temperatures in your home, you'll be better able to give your lights and air conditioner a break. As a result, you'll see that your energy bills start to plummet, letting you keep more money in your pocket.

    Our extensive and exclusive range of fabrics is available for you to choose from which include Block Out, Sunscreen, Translucent or Sheer fabrics. Fabrics are designed to withstand Australia’s harsh climate and are available as non-flammable and fade bacteria and mold resistant.

    Find the Help of a Window Covering Pro

    When you're ready to shop for double roller blinds, look no further than Dollar Curtains + Blinds. We have the best product range that you'll find and can happily help you with whatever purchase you're looking to make.

    If you're ready to learn more about these blinds and how to order, stop by one of our stores and speak to our consultants today!

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