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Quickfit Blockout Curtains save up to 25% on home heating and cooling

23rd May 2013

WHY QUICKFIT READYMADE BLOCKOUT CURTAINS ARE ENERGY SMART

Not all curtains have energy saving properties according to Quickfit Blinds and Curtains textile designer Jane Dodge (BA Fashion Design RMIT major in Textile Design). And not all curtains prevent energy loss through windows. This is due to the fact that the level too which they block energy varies from curtain to curtain. There are many factors, the weight of the fabric, the color, the material type and thickness of the reverse coating, the quality of the lining etc.

Not all curtains will save on your household energy costs. Simply because they don't all prevent energy loss. The energy-smart coating material on the reverse of quickfit blockout curtains block energy loss through glass windows better than ordinary curtains. By switching to our blockout curtains you could reduce as much as 25% of your homes energy loss through your windows.

Quickfit Blinds and Curtains have ensured that all there blockout curtains have encorporated the latest technologies available. Simply put this means the coating used on the reverse of there curtains has been tested to ensure maximum blockout properties.

"We use a 3 pass acrylic technology, 3 layers of foam coating is applied to the reverse of the curtain. The first layer is white (this ensures no color is seen through from the front, the second foam layer aplied is black, this layer prevents any light penetration and also helps to increase the barrier, the final third layer is white. This layer is the layer seen from the outside of your window and white absorbs the least heat again increasing the barrier and heat transfer through the curtain"

It is commonly believed that approximatey 35% of heating and cooling energy loss occurs through the glass windows we have in our homes. The more windows the more energy loss. This occurs because windows have the poorest or lowest insulation value of any element in the home. This means they provide a poor barrier between warmer and cooler areas. 

TIPS: For ensuring you get the most from your energy smart Quickfit Blinds and Curtains Blockout Readymade Curtains.

  • Keep your curtains closed when there is no direct sunlight on your windows (winter)
  • When there is direct sunlight on your windows keep them open to benefit from natural heat transfer from the sunlight (winter)
  • During the summer months you should always keep your blockout curtains closed to prevent energy transfer from the outside in.
  • Follow the correct size requirements for your window. Try to have as close to double the curtain size. For example if your window is 180cm wide then you should get two (2) panels ecah measuring 180cm this gives you a good number of folds. The more folds the better insulation properties
  • There are two types of blockout curtains. 3 Pass and 1 pass. For the maximum blockout peroperties install the 3 Pass type (blockout)
  • If you live in an area that has high humidity you need to take special care of the foam coating on the reverse of your curtains. see this article for more information "Preventing mould on your blockout Curtains"
BLOCKOUT CURTAINS VRS THERMAL CURTAINS

Quickfit Blinds and Curtains sell two types of blockout curtains. BLOCKOUT and THERMAL. Both have a foam backed acrylic coating applied to the reverse. Blockout has the 3 pass technology. Thermal only has one layer of white foam applied to the reverse. Whilst it will supply some energy saving benefits they will not provide the maximum you get from Blockout. The benefit of Thermal curtains is they do let some light into the room when closed. Which is a very appealing to many decorators as it does not require the lights being on in the room when the curtains are closed during the day. Many people choose the thermal curtains when they dont have direct hot sunlight on there windows during the summer, and would like some light in there rooms when the windows are closed. It really is a personal choice and both have there benfits. For more information " The difference between Blockout and Thermal coated curtains"
 
Coated reverse of foam backed acrylic curtain
 
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