How Having Blinds Protects Your Belongings from Damage

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How Having Blinds Protects Your Belongings from Damage

Having blinds is pretty standard for most households, but why is it important to get blinds that are quality? Well, for one, they can protect your belongings from getting damaged by the sun. There are a number of ways this can happen, so let’s jump in and take a deeper look.

UV Rays

The general culprit of sun damage is UV. UV rays are actually a type of radiation that can cause sunburns or, if you go out in the sun too excessively, skin cancer. UV Rays don’t just damage skin though; they also do a number on your belongings. Letting in sunlight is great for lighting up a room but, rather than letting the sun in all day, try to keep the windows covered part of the day. This is especially good to do if the sun is hitting the window directly, as direct sunlight will do more damage.

Sun Fading

One of the ways UV will damage your belongings is by fading the colors on them. This includes clothing lying around on the floor or dresser, the blanket on your bed, and many other things. Anything with fabric can fall victim to fading. Even the sliver of sunlight coming in from the slats or sides of cheap blinds can do the trick. More than once, I’ve found a blanket ruined from errant rays making their way inside to a guest room bedspread.

Faded colors isn’t the end of the world, of course, but it can be really disheartening and costly. Expensive blankets can lose their appeal when faded and will be a lot of money to replace. Handmade blankets or clothing are unique and irreplaceable. Letting those fade from sun damage can undo hours upon hours of hard work.

Having blinds will alleviate some of the stress on your fabrics and other fadable materials. The cover from direct sunlight can also make the fabric itself last longer, since UV can cause more damage than just faded colors.

Plant Damage

If you enjoy keeping plants around your house, you probably also have sun filtering in constantly. After all, they need it to live! Unfortunately, UV can do damage to plants. If they can get their light without a dose of UV, it’s all the better for them.

Having motorized blinds that only open for a certain period during the day will do well to protect your plants. You can also get fabric shades that let in some light while filtering some of the UV. Otherwise, it’s advisable to get them a plant light – a lamp with a special bulb that will allow your plants to photosynthesize to their heart’s content.

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Ensuring your windows are properly covered is well worth the investment to save your belongings from damage. Not to mention all of the other amazing benefits to having the blinds that are right for you. Contact us with any questions or concerns and we’ll be happy to help!

Which Blinds Are Best For A Hot Climate?

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Which Blinds Are Best For A Hot ClimateLiving somewhere hot can be kind of a chore. It’s important to have a nice, cool refuge to retreat to out of the sun. Any building can do the trick if it’s furnished right. No matter what building you’re buying for, you should know how important blinds are for creating a cool environment. Domir Blinds has a large variety of blinds and shades, but which ones are best for a hot climate?

Side Channels

No matter which blinds you choose, side channels are a must if you’re looking to keep out heat. They cover the space between your blinds and wall. That means no extra sunlight and no extra heat can slip past your blinds!

These are especially useful in living rooms and offices as they ensure windows are fully covered. After all, you don’t want stray sunlight shining on your TV or computer screen.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are made specifically for temperature regulation. The honeycomb pattern between each side of the shade is a buffer for heat. That means less heat coming in in the summer and less heat going out during a cold winter.

These shades are ultra effective when paired with side channels. Because they regulate the temperature in your home or office, they also save you money. No more blasting the heat all winter because the warmth keeps leaking out through bad windows. No more running your AC on high during the summer because your curtains won’t keep the sun out.

Blackout Shades

Blackout shades are useful in a variety of settings. Regardless of where you put them, their specialty is keeping the sun out. They’re thick and fantastic insulators, so not only is the light blocked out, so is the heat.

You might know from science class that the color black attracts energy and the color white repels it. This is incredibly important to remember when designing things that affect or are affected by heat. This reason is why wearing black clothing in summer will leave you sweating. Our blackout shades are white on the outside to keep from drawing in unwanted heat. This is one reason why blackout curtains aren’t as good at their job. Anything black on both sides might keep light out, but they’ll also attract more warmth.

Skylight Blinds

Sometimes it’s nice to have sun shining in through the ceiling. It can really brighten up a dark room. The other thing it can do is make your room even hotter.

Getting blinds for your skylight will cool down a room significantly and help lower energy costs.

Skylight blinds are installed with side channels to keep them horizontal across the window. They’re even more accessible when motorized. You can control the blinds right from the floor without using anything long to reach them and without having to get out a ladder. It’s as easy as the push of a button and you can choose to block out summer heat or let in the morning sunshine for a while.

How A Side Channel Improves Your Blinds

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How A Side Channel Improves Your BlindsSide channels do a number of things to improve your blinds. Not only do they enhance the appearance, they also add to the functionality! Let’s take a look at all the ways side channels can be a worthy addition to your windows, at home or for your business.

Saves You Money

Cellular blinds are a great choice for those looking to insulate their windows. The honeycomb pattern in the blinds keeps the heat in in the winter and out in the summer. The only problem with those is that there’s a gap between the blinds and the window frame where air can leak past. While the leakage doesn’t completely defeat the purpose of cellular blinds, it does lead to money lost from heat or cold air being beat by the weather.

Side channels meet the edges of your cellular blinds and keep air from sneaking past their sides. This can save you money on heating and cooling because it helps keep your interior air temperature stable.

Holds Shades In Place

Side channels have both a functional and aesthetic benefit of holding your blinds and shades in place. This is an absolute essential for skylight shades, as the side channels keep them in place. It’s less essential, but no less appreciated, when you use side channels on regular shades as well. It keeps them from moving around when it’s windy or you have fans going. That means less distraction and a lower chance of the blinds getting damaged from movement. It also gives the interior of a room a sense of stability when the blinds are kept in place. They look more professional.

Completely Blocks Light

When you’re using blackout shades in a classroom, presentation room, or home theater, side channels are a massive help! The annoying little sliver of light on each side of a set of blinds can really be distracting or ruin presentations. At best, it catches people’s eyes, and at worst, it casts a line of sunlight on the projection or digital screen. That kind of thing can completely ruin a presentation.

Side channels will complete the circuit you’ve been trying to form and block out the remainder of the sunlight coming in. Pairing blackout shades and side channels will work to keep a room dark even with direct sunlight on your window! This is especially important when trying to block out the bright beams of light that can make it hard to see during sunrise or sunset. You want your employees or peers to be able to see what they’re doing. They won’t be as effective if they’re struggling to see you or their own work.

Improves Appearance

Last but not least, side channels improve the appearance of your windows! They really bring it all together and make the blinds and window feel like one cohesive unit. The sleekness that the side channels give your blinds will pay off. It makes them look more professional and higher class. They’re worth investing in, if not for the boosts in functionality, then for the appearance of your blinds and window working seamlessly together.

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