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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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  • Perfect your outdoor area this summer with shutters

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    Outdoor aluminium shutters (https://www.dollarcurtainsandblinds.com.au/products/aluminium-shutters) allow you to take control of your privacy, security, ven ..
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    Outdoor aluminium shutters allow you to take control of your privacy, security, ventilation, light and views.

    Similar to indoor timber plantation shutters, outdoor shutters are made from high quality aluminium they are specially engineered for the outdoors to withstand the harshest of Australian coastal conditions, extremely durable to protect your home from the heat, rain and wind. They are wind rated to 180km/h offering strength and protection for your home.

    DC+B’s outdoor shutters provide stylish, affordable and practical solutions for patios, decks, balconies, verandahs and windows. They are ideal to use to create an extra room in an outdoor living area and suitable for any size height or width area as they are custom made shutters, made to measure for a perfect fit to any size window, door, alcove or open space.

    Outdoor shutters are perfect for outdoor entertaining to easily close off the area from the sun, wind, rain and also insects. They are also ideal for closing off areas for privacy from neighbours or if you want to hide unsightly views or block off an area of your backyard, garden or driveway.

    As they block out the weather this results in increased insulation for your outdoor area and home which in turn means you’ll get energy savings and you may find reductions in your power bills.

    They are also easy to operate, as all you need to do is tilt the blades, which takes minimal user effort. This makes them a preferred option for many homeowners.

    Our outdoor shutter range can be fitted internally or externally and adapted to any form of installation, whether it is hinged, sliding, bi fold, French doors or simply fixed in place.

    Outdoor shutters can also be fitted with a security locking system so you can fully secure outdoor areas.

    Choose from a large colour range from modern whites through to wood grain colours, which offer the warmth of timber. Custom powder coating is also available to match back with Dulux colour ranges.

    A summary of the many benefits of outdoor aluminium shutters:

    • Control privacy, light + views
    • Increase security with locking systems
    • Protection from heat, wind + rain
    • Increase insulation + energy savings
    • Create an enclosed outdoor living area
    • Fixed, hinged, sliding + bi-fold styles
    • 90mm + 114mm blade sizes

    For more window treatment ideas or to check out our products, visit our website! Contact us with questions or to learn more.

  • Top 5 Ways Curtains Could Help You Save Money

    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Did you know your curtains could be saving you money year-round? Far from just an attractive way to improve the atmosphere of your home, window treatments c ..
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    Did you know your curtains could be saving you money year-round? Far from just an attractive way to improve the atmosphere of your home, window treatments could save you big on the warmest and coldest days of the year.

    Are you using curtains in the most energy efficient way possible? With many Australian households seeing a utility bill increase of up to 20%, you can't afford not to. Read on to find out how to save!

    The Right Curtain

    Selecting the correct style of curtain and method of hanging is essential. Energy-efficient curtains often have a core of dense material designed to insulate. You can buy curtains that have a energy-saving lining which has been coated onto the back of the fabric, or buy lining fabric that is attached behind your drapes.

    To save the most on energy, curtains must be mounted as close to the walls as possible. Reducing the amount of air between the window and curtain helps prevent air from escaping from around the edges.

    Reduce the Draft

    If your windows are old or lack a proper seal, temperature fluctuations can be a problem. Even moderate climates can see a loss of heat with drafty windows.

    Heavy, thick, or insulated curtains can help reduce heat loss by 15-17% when drawn closed at night. Energy-efficient curtains create a draft barrier and prevent temperature transference from the cold of the window glass.

    Choose the Correct Time of Day

    When the sun is out, open curtains to allow natural heat to penetrate through your windows. Solar energy can be a powerful heater, but leaving the curtains closed can prevent that heat from getting through.

    To maintain privacy in your home while still seeing heating benefits from the sun, consider hanging a sheer second panel behind the first. Pulling back the heavy protective drapery while leaving a sheer panel will maintain a privacy barrier without compromising sunshine. This combination is what we call Double Curtains and having two layers of fabric also doubles the insulation benefits.

    Keep it Cool

    In the hot days of summer, using curtains can prevent the sun from overheating the inside of your home. Curtains have thick layers of woven fabric which are one of the best window covering solutions to insulate your home throughout the year.

    Keeping the interior from heating up during the warmest part of the day means your air conditioner or fans don't have to work as hard to cool your home. Try leaving curtains open on the shaded sides of the house, while drawing them closed over windows in direct sunlight.

    Use Less Artificial Light

    In warm seasons, longer days allows you to take advantage of natural light in the evening. Ambient natural light uses no electricity, unlike lamps and light fixtures. Try to use natural light during the day to cut electricity costs, only drawing curtains closed when direct sunlight threatens to warm the interior of the house.

    Sheer curtains are perfect for summer, too. They allow you to enjoy the use of natural light without compromising your privacy. Sheers allow breezes to pass through, which can help to move stagnant air and keep the house comfortable.

    Time For New Curtains?

    Do your curtains pass the energy test? If not, don't fear. A simple update of the draperies in your home could mean big savings on your next utility bill.

    Looking for an affordable window treatment upgrade? Visit our guide on how to chose the right curtains for your home.

  • 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.

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