If you are having skylights installed to help increase the natural light in your home, it can also be worth considering getting blinds installed at the same time. Here are some reasons that blinds can help make your skylight a comfortable addition to the house.
Not waking at sunrise
While natural light is great, many people sleep best when there is very little light. If you like to sleep in, you might like to shut the skylight at night as you go to bed and open it in the morning after you have woken. Having a blind also gives you some flexible if there are people in your household who need to have afternoon naps, such as young children, who may find it easier to settle in a darker room. A blockout blind can be ideal in this situation.
If you have a skylight that is installed on an angle with your roof line, you may find that blinds give you some extra privacy. It can also be useful if you sometimes have tradespeople on your roof, as it can be easy to forget about the skylight and inadvertently give them visibility in your home. Even a light blind can block unintended viewers.
Less noise transmission
If you live near a busy area, such as major road, windows and skylights can transmit a lot of noise. Blinds can help to muffle the noise of the local area, which can improve your overall comfort at home. Look for a heavier style of blind if this is your main aim.
Better energy efficiency
Windows and blinds are a major source of energy efficiency for heating and cooling. Improve your energy efficiency by using well fitting window furnishings such as blinds on windows and skylights to keep the house cool in summer by limiting the amount of sunlight that reaches inside the house. Blinds are also effective in maintaining heat in the house in winter.
It can be useful to have the blinds operated by a remote control or have a long stick with a hook to make it easy to open and close the blinds several times a day. If you are looking to install a skylight in your home, it's a great idea to get a custom blind fitted at the same time to maximise your comfort, privacy and energy efficiency in your home. For more information, talk to a blind professional.
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