Curtains are drawn, air conditioners are blaring and your t-shirt’s sopping wet. You’re doing all the right things to brace yourself against the inevitable heat waves that make it feel like a giant hairdryer is pointed down on the nation. But once you’ve purchased some choice roller blinds from Yes Blinds, what are the things you need to avoid at all costs in the hot weather?
Avoid the (Herald) Sun
While our sun is a fiery, gaseous giant slapping us with heat 150 million kms away, it might be easier to avoid than the ubiquitous, hysteria-inducing tabloid newspapers. Stephen Moss at the Guardian makes a fine point when he assures us we shouldn’t read tabloid headlines predicting the end of days due to a particularly feisty heat wave. While you’re swatting flies from your face and flapping your t-shirt to dry the slimy sheen of sweat on your skin, do you really need to read about how the “Summer heat wave is here to stay”, or be confronted by the “Great Aussie Heatwave” headline, splashed across front covers? Panic takes energy and expending energy heats you up. Keep calm; keep cool.
Avoid the cities
Bad news for urbanites. If you look outside your window at black asphalt, pavements and SUVs sitting and seething in the heat, you’ll be experiencing a hotter summer than everyone in the rural, coastal areas. This is due to something called the “urban heat island effect”. The phenomenon occurs because darker objects (like roads) tend to absorb more light. This light is converted to thermal energy and emitted back out as heat. Not only are the days hotter, but it takes a lot longer for suburban landscapes to cool down, so the heat hangs around all night, as well. If you’ve got an air conditioner, prepare to rack up a nasty electricity bill.
Avoid electric fans
While some people can’t stand to sleep next to an electric fan, for others it’s a comfortable sort of bliss. The white noise masks the bumps in the night, the air pushes the mosquitos away and, blowing gently on your face and body, a fan keeps you cool.
Except that it doesn’t.
In really hot temperatures, an electric fan simply blows hot air around. It has no cooling effect and can actually heat up your body during the night. In South Korea, there’s actually a widespread belief in something called “Fan Death”, because fans can cause heat stress and dehydration. Hopefully that’s enough to scare you off using your fan tonight.
Blindsided by Blinds: Getting to know your blinds
We live in a world where consumers (that’s you) want more choice. It doesn’t matter what it is, we just want to know we have enough options to feel like we’re in control of what we buy. Interior design presents an impossible array of different choices, to the point that it can become overwhelming. You can make a choice out of sheer desperation and feel blindsided when you see it in place, looking nothing like you imagined.
With Yes Blinds, you can buy blinds online. This means you can take your time, consider carefully and compare prices. But the huge selection of top quality blinds at great prices is still enough to make your head spin. Start by breaking down your selection before you start making any decisions.
Know the Big Six
Chances are you’ll be choosing from one of these six. You need to know the benefits to each and which style is going to fit each room of your house.
An extremely popular style, venetian blinds are horizontal slats suspended by a cord. They’re versatile and each blind can be adjusted for optimum light distribution.
First popularised in Ancient Rome, these blinds come in translucent (allowing light to pass through) or complete block out. Roman blinds are durable and protect the windows from dust and other debris.
A classic, vertical blind in a very 70s style, these blinds allow for light to pour through the window or be completely blocked out when rotated against the window.
Unique in design, these blinds have single and double cell fabrics and are terrific insulators. Though more expensive than the previous two, honeycomb blinds are ideal in the harshest parts of any season, able to trap heat in winter and block it out in summer.
Have large windows or sliding doors? Panel glides are the blinds for you. These work as room dividers and stylish window covers. Because of the big area they cover, you can choose the perfect colour and bring them into the foreground instead of blending into the walls. Just don’t choose the wrong colour!
Perhaps the kind of blinds you want nestled in the background, this simple and efficient style is ergonomic and practical. Ideal for any office or working area, roller blinds are a no-nonsense classic.