Save Money on Winter Heating by Upgrading Your Blinds

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Save Money on Winter Heating by Upgrading Your Blinds

Did you know the quality of your blinds can have a profound effect on how much money you spend each month? Heating and cooling for your home can cost a fortune, especially if your home is poorly insulated. Your windows are the weakest point in your home’s insulation. What you use to cover them and, therefore, insulate them, determines how much heat you lose or gain from the outside weather. Here’s how you can save money on winter heating by upgrading your blinds.

Buy Blinds with Layers

To start, let’s talk about how insulation works, in simple terms. Insulation is an addition of layers used to prevent heat transference. The more layers there are, the harder time heat has traveling through them. Think of how you would try to muffle a sound. If you scream into the open air, it’s going to be loud. If you scream into a pillow, it’s going to be muffled. That’s because the sound waves struggle to travel through all of the fabric and filling in your pillow. They come out the other side a lot weaker and, therefore, quieter. It’s the same with temperature.

The more layers your blinds have, the better they will be at insulating your window. Blinds with layers of fabric work a lot better than traditional, slatted blinds at insulating.

Some blinds you might want to consider are:

  • Honeycomb Blinds
    Honeycomb blinds are the kind of fabric blinds that are kind of puffy when closed. When you open them, the layers of fabric collapse against each other as they pull up. 
  • The Ninet
    Ninet blinds are similar in design to honeycomb blinds. However, instead of having just fabric, they’re designed with slatted blinds between the layers of fabric. This allows for lighting control even when the blinds are closed.
  • Sheer Vertical Blinds
    Sheer vertical blinds are a beautiful cross between the lighting control of blinds and the elegance of curtains. These blinds are made of two layers of draping fabric designed to block out unwanted light and cold.
  • Roller Shades
    Roller shades are solid pieces of material that roll up to open. These are the type of blinds you see used in classrooms a lot. They work just as well at home. The thickness of the material is more effective at insulating than the thin layers from honeycomb blinds, so a single layer is perfectly adequate.

Ensure Full Coverage

Did you know the entire surface of your window will transfer heat? The temperature inside your house really wants to equalize with the temperature outside your house. Because your windows are thin, they’re the weakest point of insulation in the structure of your house. In the winter, that means the heat you’re running will leak out through your windows – even if they’re sealed perfectly.

To ensure windows are insulated, you need to completely cover the window with your choice of blinds. The bigger the gap between the blinds and the window frame, the more heat can reach the window and leak out. Therefore, using roller shades with side channels is a great way to completely close off the window. For blinds that don’t use side channels, ensuring they’re cut to fit as nicely as possible is important for successful insulation.

Which Is Better: Blinds or Curtains?

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Which Is Better: Blinds or Curtains?

When shopping for window coverings for your home, there comes an age-old question: blinds or curtains? For many of us, a preference for one or the other will make the actual benefits of each irrelevant. For others, functionality and purpose are a bit more important. So, let’s dive into what makes each of them unique.

Elegance

When it comes to appearance, you might think curtains are, hands down, the most elegant. However, we can’t pit curtains against the cheap standard of aluminum-slatted blinds. When compared with something fabric, like honeycomb blinds or the Ninet, elegance becomes completely subjective.

There’s the controlled, refined elegance of fabric blinds. They’re always in the expected shape, like coloring inside the lines. Then there’s the flowing, carefree fabric of curtains. They take any form they want. You can position them in loops over a curtain rod or let them hang free. You can even layer different colors and fabric types for a unique and artistic appearance. Which type of elegance suits you depends largely on your interior design.

Insulation

Insulation is a frequently ignored element of choosing window coverings. However, if you prefer to keep a tight hold on your finances, maximum window insulation is a game changer. Keep your AC or heater from running unnecessarily by insulating your windows year round.

Layered blinds, like honeycomb and the Ninet are great for insulation. They fill the entire window frame when closed, blocking incoming or outgoing heat from infiltrating or escaping through the window. Curtains, when closed can provide an equal amount of insulation. The downside to both options is that keeping the window coverings closed is required for insulation. Would you rather have blinds that are closed or curtains that are closed? This is where combinations can often be the best solution.

Light Control

When it comes to light control, blinds are typically the winner. After all, curtains typically offer very little control over sunlight. With good curtains, you can go from exposed to blackout. However, with blinds like the Ninet, you can go from complete exposure to blackout, and anything in between, with the help of the built-in slats, nestled between the layers of fabric.

Solutions

So, the question is, which one is better? While style and preference play into it, we think these are the best solutions:

Combinations

First, consider a combination of blinds and curtains. With blinds that offer sun screening when closed, you can leave them closed while framing the window with beautiful curtains. However, if you decide you want complete exposure, you can open both. Or, if you need total darkness, closing both will offer a complete blackout in most cases.

Sheer Vertical Blinds

On the other hand, we can’t forget sheer vertical blinds – the best of both worlds. Sheer vertical blinds look, visually, like curtains. However, the dual-layer design offers multiple levels of exposure. Completely opened means full exposure while closing the first, sheer layer means sun screening and privacy. Finally, the last layer gives you total blackout. This level of layered light control comes with the beauty and elegance most people use standard curtains for. 

How to Match Your Blinds to Your Interior Design

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How to Match Your Blinds to Your Interior Design

All of Domir’s blinds come with unique features for optimal functionality. They can be mixed and matched to create a very efficient house. However, for many, aesthetics are more important than function. If you’re happy with basic functionality, all you need to know when shopping for new blinds is how to match your blinds to your interior design.

Magic Lite Blinds

Magic Lite blinds are a take on the traditional, vaned blinds that most homes have. However, with higher quality and functionality, they offer extremely flexible light control. You can take a room from full sunlight exposure to complete blackout with a pull of the cord.

These blinds are white and squared, offering an appearance that fits best with a cool-toned aesthetic. These blinds would fit in well with a sleek, modern interior, providing a fantastic backdrop for bright decor. Thus, a vase of bright flowers or a couch with colored pillows would look great in front of a window covered in Magic Lite.

Blackout Shades

Blackout shades are not the prettiest blinds we have to offer. They’re made to be functional, primarily. Offices where functionality is key would benefit from them greatly. On the other hand, you can use the blank, white, inside surface of these shades to your advantage. If you want the blackout abilities of these shades but aren’t satisfied with their appearance, use the white space as a canvas for your creative side. Put decals on its surface or, at the risk of voiding the warranty, put your painting skills to use. Use your creativity to match your blinds to your decor by force.

Ninet

The Ninet blinds we offer are a combination of regular, vane blinds and roller screens. They offer lighting control and privacy all at the same time. These blinds, with their soft and warm appearance, would go well with a cozy interior. If you decorate with warm colors and have a welcoming aesthetic, these blinds would fit right in with your interior. Not only that, they’re one of our best designs and offer great functionality!

Roller Screens

Roller screens are made to let in all of the natural sunlight you want while still blocking out UV, heat, and prying eyes. These screens aren’t pure white. They offer a warm tone to the windows and would fit well with a warm interior design. These screens would be well suited to a home with lots of big windows. We recommend pairing them with side channels. Side channels are attached to the walls framing your window and hold shades in place. They also keep errant rays of sunlight from slipping in at the sides of your shades or screens.

These screens can be left down at all times, since they let in all the light you need. Because of that, they’re great for homes with a lot of decor. Cover your window sill with as many bouquets, books, and statuettes as you want. You won’t have to worry about knocking them off when adjusting the blinds.

If you have questions about our products or how to order them, just drop us a line. We look forward to helping you choose your new favorite blinds.

Get Ready for the Summer Sun by Upgrading Your Blinds

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Get Ready for the Summer Sun by Upgrading Your Blinds

The summer sun is on its way. Is your home prepared? If your blinds are outdated or simply not doing their job, late spring is the perfect time for upgrading your blinds. Here are some things your blinds are responsible for this summer. Are yours going to be doing their job?

Regulating Temperature

First and foremost, your blinds are a key element in your home’s temperature regulation. Did you know having blinds that insulate can save you a significant amount of money on cooling? Without blinds, sunlight will come straight through your window, heating up your home much faster than if it was stopped short at the blinds. Metal, slatted blinds are poor insulators, even when completely closed. But who wants to sit in the dark all summer? A happy medium is better for everyone.

Blocking UV

Want to protect your skin? A lot of people don’t realize that they’re just as susceptible to sunburns and skin damage from inside as they are outside. If you’re in direct sunlight through a window, it can actually amplify the effects, like a magnifying glass.

There are many kinds of blinds, such as honeycomb blinds, the ninet, and roller screens that block out UV while still letting in the glow of sunlight that you enjoy so much during this time of year.

Preventing Sun-Bleaching

Because our blinds are responsible for blocking out UV, they’re also responsible for preventing sun-bleaching. Damage caused to fabrics by the sun is specifically attributed to the UV in sunlight. Therefore, if you take the UV out of the equation, sunlight is no longer a threat to that lovely blanket you have across your bed.

Keeping Screens Visible

Direct sunlight does more than just threaten us with damage, it also threatens us with extreme inconvenience. Sure, sure, there might be bigger problems in the world than the glare of the sun on your TV screen. However, that doesn’t mean screen glare won’t have the power to drive you up the wall this summer. 

Make your relaxing time actually relaxing by protecting your screen from direct sunlight and upgrading your blinds. That goes for the TV, the computer, a handheld game console, or even your cellphone. If you find yourself squinting at a screen because the sun is getting in your way, your blinds are not doing their job.

Protecting Your Eyes

Screen glare is one inconvenience, but sunlight getting directly in your eyes is another. Not only is direct sunlight in your eyes irritating and inconvenient, it’s also bad for your eyes. Instead of squinting against the evening sun shining directly in your face through the kitchen window, get the best of both worlds with a roller screen or the ninet. Both allow sunlight to filter in through them without allowing direct rays to hit you in the eyes.

Giving You Privacy While Letting in Sun

And, last but not least, we can’t disregard privacy. Your blinds are responsible for giving you privacy from the world around you. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice daylight to get it either. By upgrading your blinds with a roller screen, honeycomb blinds, or sheer vertical blinds, you can maintain  your privacy while still enjoying daylight hours. Light up your home without sacrificing what matters. Give us a call at Domir Blinds if you have any questions about our products or how to order.

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