The bad news: intense heatwave headlines from around the world. In Australia, July 2023 was the hottest July on record. And a predicted El Nino means that we’re in for drier, hotter weather for the next few years.
The good news: you can reduce the heat in your home (and your reliance on air conditioning and electricity) with smart shading. Premier Shades, your experts in home shading, are here to help. We understand the science behind shading.
Fact: most heat gain in summer occurs through your windows. But, more good news, external shading can block up to 80% of the sun’s summer heat gain through windows.
The classic Queenslander house is a great example of how to manage cooling in our climate, with wide verandahs creating shade to keep the sun off glazing and to catch the cool breeze. These outcomes are achievable in your home with clever placement of blinds, shutters and awnings.
Jessica Hawksley, Premier Shades General Manager, says: “the science of shading is critically important. Our Premier Shades consultants consider your home’s orientation to the sun (ie east and west facing glazing is hottest), prevailing winds (ie sea breeze is prevailing in summer), and where you like to spend your time indoors and out”.
“With that knowledge, our consultants can help you design solutions and take advantage of natural climate elements to keep your home cool. Our consultants know which products, fabrics, colours, and stylish designs will create the optimal solution for your home” says Jessica.
External awnings and blinds are best to keep the sun off windows and doors but must allow for ventilation with the outside of the window or door glazing. If the shading is fitted too closely, air trapped between the shade and window/door will heat up and conduct heat into the room. This can be worse than no treatment at all.
For example, a closed aluminium roller shutter will trap air and create much more heat transfer than a pivot–arm or auto–lock arm awning that is angled away from the window. The gap allows the prevailing breeze to move warm air away from the window keeping your home cool. Fabric and colour choices also make a difference, for example, light coloured canvas is cooler than darker coloured PVC fabrics.
If an external awning isn’t practicable, or you just don’t want one, there are good internal solutions to keep your house cool. Jessica suggests: “lighter coloured fabric and layers and thickness are important like dual roller blinds. Curtains and plantation shutters are also very good internal solutions, allowing you to keep windows and doors open to catch the breeze while keeping out the hot sun.”
Plus, Jessica says, “in our experience, adding automation will ensure that you actually use the shading qualities of your blinds, shutters and awnings, whether you’re at home or out”.
Premier Shades products are custom made to your exact measurements. We offer a free in–home consultation service, and we can give you options that suit your needs, style and budget best.
Premier Shades Blinds – Awnings – Shutters – Curtains
Phone 02 4324 8800