Control the temperature of your rooms and create a healthy, comfortable home climate with these four smart tips
When it comes to getting the temperature of your home right, there’s more to consider than how to heat it on cold days. With hotter summers an ongoing reality, being able to keep our homes comfortably cool during heat waves is a pressing need. Energy efficiency is another consideration. Good quality windows that offer insulation and an airtight seal, preventing warmth from escaping, will keep heating costs down and ensure your home’s temperature stays consistent and perfectly suited to your needs. Read on to find out how VELUX® windows, blinds and shutters can help with perfect temperature control at home.
Keep in the warmth
The smart way to combat the cold on chilly days is not simply to generate heat, but to insulate against heat loss. Leaky window frames that let warmth out and drafts in are neither efficient nor environmentally responsible.
Instead, install ThermoTechnology glazing, manufactured with high performance materials in the window construction, which delivers brilliant energy efficiency, insulation and an airtight seal.
Think about window treatments, too. Thick curtains can keep drafts out, and on roof lights, specialist energy blinds that both insulate and create a blackout effect are ideal, especially in bedrooms and living rooms.
Strong, direct sun on long summer days can quickly take a room’s temperature from comfortable to cooking. Closing curtains, shutters or blinds can help block some of the heat, but the most effective way to prevent overheating is to install anti-heat blinds. These specialist window treatments reduce heat from the sun’s rays, helping to maintain a cool, comfortable temperature in your room. Another bonus is that they can be made from transparent fabric, so while you keep out the heat, you don’t lose the light.
Alternatively, pick anti-heat blackout blinds which block the sun’s rays before they even hit your window pane and help keep your home cool, as well cutting out glaring light, making them ideal for bedrooms. For maximum heat protection, choose anti-heat blackout shutters.
Bring in a breeze
Good ventilation is important in a home for a whole host of reasons. Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outside air and living with stale air can cause health issues ranging from itchy eyes, headaches and troubled sleep to asthma and allergies. To help purify the indoor atmosphere, aim to open windows to ventilate your home three to four times a day for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Getting the ventilation right improves air quality, but also helps to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Ideally, you want windows that can open flexibly, offering anything from a chink to a huge chunk of opening, so you can control how much fresh air comes in. Roof windows that pivot at the centre offer this range of opening, while a top hung roof window, operated with a handle at the bottom, swings open to give you a full, open view of your skyline and masses of fresh air.
Smart technology is on your side in the quest to keep your home’s temperature just right. Huge advances in window design and materials in recent years are now matched by brilliant technological innovations that make regulating your indoor climate incredibly easy.
You can choose to install an integrated system of electric and solar-powered roof windows that can be opened and closed with one touch of a single pre-paired wall switch. It’s also possible to link the functioning of all these windows, blinds and shutters in your home together, and then control them via an intuitive app.
This system also tracks temperature, humidity and CO2 levels, and automatically activates blinds and shutters to shield your home from excessive heat, or opens roof windows to let in a breeze and maintain healthy air quality.