WHY YOU SHOULD START CARING ABOUT R-VALUES

Let’s not beat around the bush here, our little kiwi humble abodes are terribly insulated. It seems that when they were being built or designed, any thoughts about how we will keep warm in winter or cool in summer simply went out the window. Perhaps they built all our homes in the hot summer sun, stubbies on, a cool breeze across the upper thigh, and a long thick mullet protecting the neck from the sun. We can’t really blame them for thinking conditions would ever be any different. Actually. Yes we can!

Whether its a lack of insulation, thin glass windows, drafts in all the joinery, or a simple lack of consideration for the placement of the sun, most of our homes kind of suck. So where can we improve? Being in our line of business, we can’t help you with your underfloor heating but we can help you with your windows. Introducing our Duette® Architella® Shades. Representing the ultimate in window covering insulation. Incorporating a multicell system that creates three separate air pockets, the Duette® Architella® is a more sophisticated high-performance shade.

To work out how well they work, let’s starts with R-values. A product’s “R-value” is a measurement of its ability to resist heat flow. In a home during winter, R-values indicate the ability of walls, roofs and windows to keep the heat inside. The higher its R-value, the more insulation a product provides. A fully-recessed, reveal-mounted Duette® Architella® Shades can increase the R-value of a 3mm single glazed window from 0.127 to 0.979, reducing the heat transfer through that window by 87%. Independent modelling has shown that this, in turn, can reduce an average home’s heating costs by up to 49%.

The benefits don’t just stop there. Duette® Architella® block and filter sunlight, they are simple and beautiful, they are built to last, and you can install them almost anywhere. To find out more about our Duette® Architella® shades, chat with you one of our local Luxaflex experts who will be more than happy to help.

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Have a great week everyone,

The team at Luxaflex.