At Blindsgalore, we have customers all over the country. I recently talked to a customer in Colorado who needed some design advice about choosing blinds for her large windows and the different needs she has in winter and summer. Depending on where you live in Colorado, summer highs can be in the 80s, and winter lows in the single digits. To help you deal with temperature extremes in Colorado, I’ve compiled this list:
- You’ve heard it all before, but it’s still great advice: to beat the heat outdoors, try to stay in the shade, wear a hat and light cotton clothing. Also remember to stay hydrated with plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year in Colorado, sunscreen is important. Remember to reapply a quality sunscreen often, and don’t be fooled by winter, either. There are plenty of bad sunburns to be had on the slopes.
- To keep cool indoors, preventing all that Colorado sun from heating up your house is the key. Window blinds or shades that block the sun are your best bet. To keep your fantastic Colorado view, consider using solar shades or screens which block out the sun’s heat and UV rays, but still provide some view-through. The same type of fabric can be used for panel track blinds, which are perfect for floor-to-ceiling windows and patio doors.
- In the winter cold, keep your hands, head and feet warm and dry. Disposable hand warmers are great for tucking into mittens, gloves or socks at outdoor events, and can be bought almost anywhere in Colorado. Remember that staying hydrated is just as important in the winter and helps your body stay warm.
- In the winter, you can harness the energy of the sun during the day and open your blinds and shades to warm up your rooms. Once the sun goes down, lower your blinds to keep the warmth inside. Replacing the blinds in your coldest rooms with an insulating cellular shade will help keep the cold air out. The honeycomb cells that make up these blinds create a barrier of insulating air that keeps rooms warmer in the winter. There are single, double and even triple cell shades for maximum R-value. Layering your blinds and shades with drapes will add an additional level that blocks wind and cold air, and adds a warm, cozy look to rooms.