Tips&TricksMore than just sun shield: 5 surprising benefits of window blinds

More than just sun shield: 5 surprising benefits of window blinds

Windows with brown blinds
Windows with brown blinds
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11:21 AM EST, January 17, 2024

The primary reason most people install blinds on their windows is to control the amount of light entering their rooms. Indeed, this is one of the main functions of window coverings. In order to ensure the optimal level of sunlight, manufacturers offer various types of blinds. For instance, day-night blinds consisting of lighter and darker stripes, or accordion blinds that can be rolled up and down from both ends. However, the uses of these window coverings don't stop there. There are four additional functions to remember.

What additional functions do blinds offer?

Blinds can help control the temperature of your rooms as they shield against sunlight. This is especially important in the summer months when heat can be oppressive. Covered blinds work efficiently as thermal insulation, thus helping to keep your home cooler. In winter, you can use the blinds to keep the warm air inside your home. Essentially, thermal insulation prevents heat from entering, as well as leaving your rooms through open windows.

Another significant advantage of installing blinds is the privacy they provide. If you live in a densely populated area, you may not appreciate pedestrians or neighbors having a clear view into your home. Blinds can efficiently address this concern by keeping your interior private. This way, you control what others can see from outside.

Not just curious eyes, even harmful UV rays can't penetrate through most blinds. Providing protection against UV rays is especially important if you spend a lot of time near a window, perhaps working at a desk. It's well-known that long-term exposure to sunlight can adversely affect health and skin condition, including accelerated aging and a heightened risk of cancer.

Lastly, the decorative aspect of blinds should not be ignored. They enhance the interior decor of a room. The market is full of a variety of designs, colors, and fabric types that can be matched to both the color scheme and style of your rooms. Blinds can equally complement extravagant glamor, eclectic boho decors, or vibrant children's rooms.

How should you choose blinds for your home?

There are many different types of blinds available. Classic hanging blinds are always a popular choice. Day-night blinds provide superior control over light penetration in a room. In contrast, accordion blinds allow you to cover any part of the window by maneuvering them from both ends. Therefore, when selecting blinds, it's important to consider which functionalities are most significant for you.

Another critical aspect is to find the ideal balance between utility (light control) and aesthetics (appearance of blinds). The selection of material is primarily concerned with this. Multiple fabric options offer a high, medium, or low degree of darkening. First, decide on how much light you want in the room after covering the window, and then choose the color or pattern. In doing so, you'll ensure that the blind looks attractive, while also providing sufficient protection against sunlight.

Blinds not only protect against the sun.
Blinds not only protect against the sun.© Freepik | Volodymyr Maksymchuk
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