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Duette Showcase: Excellent Insulation

Most of us are familiar with the building standards of New Zealand’s past homes. Too hot in the summer, freezing in the winter. Most of this can be attributed to a lack of insulation and orientation to the sun, but the fact is, up to 30%* of total heat loss from a home occurs through uncovered windows. Duette® Shades do something about that.

The next best thing to double glazing
Dubbed “the designer alternative to double glazing”, Duette® Shades’ cells form insulating air traps, while the fabric can reflect heat. The overall effect is to help keep a home warm in winter and cool in summer, reducing your heating and cooling costs in the process.

Affordability
Cost is a huge consideration for nearly all of us. In fact, 1/3 of Kiwi’s energy bills are attributed to heating and cooling. So why not offer one of the best products in the market today to help cut costs? With acceptable insulation, our customers can save more money all year round.

Your options
Two pleat sizes: 10mm and 20mm cells; each creates a unique look.


The 10mm Duette® is lower cost and suits smaller windows. These shades are at an ‘opening’ price point, yet offer the insulation benefits of air-filled double glazing. Visually, the closer pleats of 10mm tend to suit smaller windows. They provide insulation like a 40mm Pink Batt.

The 20mm is the choice of more style-conscious customers. Developed more recently than the 10mm, 20mm Duettes have a much wider range of fabrics, specialty operating systems and higher insulation properties than gas-filled double glazing.

20mm Duette® Architella® incorporates a cell within a cell creating 3 separate air pockets. Duette® Architella® Shades represent the ultimate in window covering insulation. This is the preferred choice for hot and cold environments to stabilise the temperature.

The quiet achiever
When we think of insulation, one of the things we often forget is the added benefits of sound insulation. Duette® Shades make the perfect choice when looking at blinds for the bedroom or across your home including media rooms.

With the Luxaflex Duette® Shades honeycomb technology, in addition to their energy efficiency properties that help keep your home warm in winter and cooler in summer, the technology also helps to reduce everyday sound energy. Sound energy is absorbed within the cell, dulling exterior noise by up to 55% even with Translucent fabric. Allowing light to enter your home while keeping noise at bay.

Duette® Architella® is a more sophisticated high-performance shade.
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® Shade can increase the R-value** of a 3mm single glazed window from 0.127 to 0.775, reducing heat transfer by 83%. Independent modelling has shown that this, in turn, can reduce an average home’s heating costs by up to 43.3%.***

 

If you are looking at how you can improve your home insulation this winter, chat with you one of our local Luxaflex experts who will be more than happy to help.

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* Based on information from NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System). Visit www.nabers.com.au for more information.

** The R-values are the combined measurement of 3mm (one-eighth inch) CI glass (R=0.127) plus the window covering and are reported in metric SI units. Thermal properties are determined by a certified third-party laboratory utilising accepted ASTM, NFRC and WES standards and procedures. Measurements may vary based on window type and method of installation.

*** Savings are based on the installation of fully-recessed, reveal-mounted Duette Architella Shade with 20mm Panache Blockout fabric in an average home in Sydney, compared with the House Energy Rating standard of Holland Blinds from AccuRate, in that home. These calculations have been modelled by an independent third party. Savings will vary based on the window type and installation.

 

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