Over the last few years, rising temperatures have been a source of concern for everyone. Rising carbon emission, along with reduction in green cover, and increasing pollution, all are getting their fair share of the blame for such high temperatures. As the summer temperatures break record all over the world, consumers are increasingly looking to their window treatments to provide a much-needed reprieve from the constant heat and glare of the sun.
Researchers are working round the clock to bring in innovative design and materials to make window treatments an adequate protection against the effects of the sun. The results are encouraging. Now consumers have a wide range of materials, functionalities, and design to select from. The market is blazing with products that will fit any budget size and interior décor.
While protection against the scorching sun is a major concern, other factors like insulation, light-control, noise reduction, UV ray protection, and privacy are also playing significant role in driving customer choice.
Effects of the Sun
The effects of sun on our physical and psychological well-being are undeniable. Natural sunlight:
• Boots metabolism and our immune system
• Increases blood count and enhances hormonal balance
• Increases Vitamin B and D and much more.
Other than the improving our health, sunlight disinfects the atmosphere, killing germs and bacteria. Besides, sunlight has a definite invigorating effect on the mood of the room. A bright ray of the sun lifts the mood up instantly, whereas a gloomy sky makes the room dull.
Just as a coin has two sides, the sunrays also have some harmful qualities. Over exposure to the sun can cause significant damage to our skin, due to the presence of harmful UV rays. Similarly, the furniture, paintwork and other artifacts of the room suffers significant damage due to prolonged exposure to the sun.
The presence of sun can also disrupt sleep. The glare of the sun can be very annoying when you are trying to watch your favorite show on the telly.
To avoid this, select the right window treatment to dress your windows.
What is Internal Shading?
Internal shading is any window treatment used on the inside of the house to minimise the effects of the sun. It can be a mechanical device, or a textile. The most popular choices are roller shades, curtains, blinds, and drapes.
Why Is Internal Shading Important?
Internal shading devices are primarily selected to improve the atmosphere of the room. Internal shading is used to reduce heat transfer during the long, scorching summer days and preserve the internal warmth during freezing winter days. Some of the other benefits of internal shading are listed below.
If you want a break from the constant glare of the sun, select a semi-transparent or opaque shade. That will block the glare, but will let in enough light to preserve the feel-good factor. Solar shades are a perfect choice for this. Solar shades block the glare and UV radiation, while preserving the view and filling the room with a soft, diffused light. A thicker material can block out light completely, making your interiors cool and comfortable.
Internal shading gives the occupants varied levels of control over the light that flows into the room. Consumers can select to cut off light completely with blackout blinds, or go for a diffused look with curtains or opaque shades, or opt for completely transparent shades. Vertical blinds or venetian blinds also provide varied degrees of light control.
Insulation is a key factor that regulates the temperature within the room. Blinds made from thicker material provide better insulation. Go for cellular honeycomb shades or thick drapes for better insulation. Some cellular shades provide good light filtering options, while some come with room-darkening features. Blackout cellular shades are also growing in popularity.
Internal shades that are made out of thicker material provide excellent noise-cancellation properties. Noise generated from traffic, or garden parties can be hugely disruptive, especially if you are trying to grab some sleep or simply relaxing with a book. Internal shading provides some relief from neighbourhood noises. Cellular shades, Roman shades, and pleated shades are great for absorbing noise. Some blackout shades also provide noise cancellation properties. You can also try out fusion shades and slumber shades, as they are manufactured specifically keeping sound absorption in mind.
Privacy is very important. Your home is your private space, and it is important for you to be able to restrict the view from outside, at least to the extent you desire. Fortunately, most internal shades come with some elements of privacy. Solar shades provide complete privacy during the day. Same goes for Vertical Blinds. During daytime, vertical blinds maintains the view while keeping your personal space private. However, if you wish for a more versatile blind, go for day-night cellular shades. This comes with a unique design, with the upper portion filtering in light, and the lower portion providing complete privacy. Zebra sheer shades are another option to consider. It sports a zebra-like pattern, with alternate sheer and room darkening fabrics. You can align these two types of fabrics to control the light, as well as achieve full privacy.
How Effective is Internal Shading against Extreme Heat?
It must be kept in mind that internal shades alone cannot provide the optimum protection from glare, heat, and noise. The protection provided by internal shading is only partial, as the heat and glare have already entered the room before hitting the internal shading material. Also, internal shading can hamper the circulation of fresh air inside the room.
Internal shading is effective only when
• It is exposed to the sun for a relatively short time of the day
• The heat-build up inside the room might not be a problem
• The window can be kept open for proper ventilation
• Reduction of glare is their primary function
For windows exposed to continuous sun and extreme heat, it is more effective to pair internal shading with adequate external shading. Awning, shutter, vertical find, or external blinds, are some of the few examples of external shading that you combine with internal shades to cool your room.