Conservatory blinds are often called pleated blinds and often made of fabric. There are many reasons for buying these pleated blinds. By far the most common, and practical reason is to reduce the heat. Other commonly preferred stated reasons for buying are to reduce the glare, protect the furnishings and for privacy. Preserving heat and improving the decor are far less commonly stated reasons for buying.
The problem of heat is indeed a problem, as any conservatory owner knows. On a sunny and clear summer, a typical un-shaded window can allow for an enormous amount of heat to come in. The heat is the most intensive during the midday when the sun appears above the conservatory. During this time, 80% of the heat comes through the roof.
Individuals have a rather narrow range of comfort. It is the temperatures of 18°C to 25°C that is most acceptable. Unfortunately, un-shaded conservatories–especially those that face south–provide this range for as little as two hours each day.
Pleated blinds are a wonderful accessory to conservatories because they significantly reduce the amount of heat entering into them. However, it is not a complete or only answer. There needs to be a proper system of ventilation in order to regulate the temperature.
There are many other, and similar, reasons for buying conservatory blinds:
- They reduce glare and provide shade.
- They reduce the loss of heat in winter and during chilly evenings.
- They improve the décor and can help in making your style more consistent.
- They minimize the harmful effects of UV rays.
- They reduce ancillary heating, cooling costs and the temperature.
- They can make the conservatory more cozy and private in the evenings.
When choosing a supplier, it is a good idea to select one who offers samples. In this way, you can get the feel for the fabric or other material.