The excellent thermal parameters offered by Eko-Okna's windows can be further improved by using flush-mounted blinds. They are an additional barrier to escaping the heat which additionally protects against such factors as rain, snow or strong wind. In this simple way, heating bills can decrease even further. In the warm months, you can protect yourself from overheating the interior.
Properly prepared flush-mounted blinds can effectively deter attempted burglaries. Each blind curtain is an effective tool for deterring an intruder. Products with a high RC rating will resist even the most determined burglars. The presence of such blinds provides security and reduces the cost of home insurance with many insurers.
The most convenient time for installing flush-mounted blinds is during the construction of the house. Then, they will be placed in the window opening and under the insulation layer in a fully natural fashion. It is just as easy to install them when the windows are being replaced or when interference in the wall is unavoidable. However, having a finished building is not an insurmountable obstacle. The installation of an external blind can be done at any time, although this will involve additional work. Flush-mounted blinds also blend perfectly with the building's façade, maintaining its style and character.
Successful seclusion from the outside world provides greater privacy. This is especially important in cities, where unwanted glances can have a negative impact. Lowering the flush-mounted blinds will make all prying eyes disappear along with the noise, dust and flashing lights of large metropolises. Whenever you want to open up to the world again, simply raise the blinds, and it is as if they were never there.
Flush-mounted blinds allow you to conserve energy all year round. Their most important benefit in an era of exorbitant home heating costs is the improved thermal insulation performance of windows. They are an additional barrier blocking heat escape, so even very warm wooden or plastic windows will improve their insulation efficiency.
Thermal transmittance depends mostly on how big the temperature difference is between the environments separated by the window. Of course, all the features of a window are meaningful. However, regardless of its construction, the laws of physics remain the same. Installing flush-mounted blind means that the temperature immediately outside the window is not as low, so that heat leaks out even more slowly.
In summer, on the other hand, too much sun is a problem. The interior heats up and needs to be cooled, which becomes increasingly expensive with electric air conditioners. Lowering the flush-mounted blind during the hours when most sunshine comes through the window can reduce the interior temperature by double-digit degrees in extreme cases, which has a quantifiable effect on the electricity bill.
Using a flush-mounted blind system provides convenience not only in terms of warmth. It is also a way of ensuring quiet. Being able to separate yourself from everything that happens outside your home is an increasingly appreciated benefit and something to think about when building a house.
A well-chosen and properly installed box of a flush-mounted blind will effectively dampen noise from the outside. It will also provide an effective barrier against anyone interested in what is going on inside the house.
By easily closing the roller shutter, you can even more effectively muffle any conversations that may be escaping to the outside and ensure that no one can look inside. This is a convenience that is hard to overstate. Many people dream of it, especially those who live in large cities or erect houses close to the edge of the plot.
The expense needed for external flush-mounted blinds is not a large part of the total cost of a home. If you count every penny, you may still opt for a version with manual controls.
This approach usually uses a belt, a cord with a reel or a crank. With a bit of work, these can move the blinds into the desired position at the time.
A slightly larger expense allows the use of an electric drive. Such a drive is operated by a dedicated switch usually mounted on the wall next to the window, although this is not necessary. Each builder can decide where to place the controller.
In modern blind control systems, it is possible to use a remote control or even mobile applications integrated with smart home systems.
Leaving for work? An external blind system can automatically lower the blinds and turn the heating off to minimise costs. Coming back home? The heating is switched on in advance. Just before you return, the blinds are raised so you can enter your sun-filled home. It is even possible to set the system to automatic mode, which will respond to sensor data and control the blinds autonomously.
Windows and patio doors are always the weakest points in protecting the interior of a house from intruders. They do not have to be vulnerable at all. Eko-Okna offers many systems that can effectively resist all uninvited guests. Nevertheless, a window will never be as secure as a solid wall.
External flush-mounted blinds equipped with the proper anti-burglary systems can help a great deal or even wholly deter an attacker from attempting a break-in.
The RC standard describes anti-burglary solutions, including the most armoured ones marked with the number 6. Defeating such security features requires advanced tools and a great deal of determination. Blinds do not achieve such high values, but the demand for such advanced measures in ordinary homes is generally low. A typical security level for a flush-mounted blind protecting a home from intruders should be RC2 or RC3.
To get into a building through an opening secured with measures rated RC2, the burglar will need at least some simple tools like a wedge or a screwdriver. It will take him more than three minutes to attempt a break-in. It will also not be done quietly.
The RC3 standard features reinforced guides that resist attempts to dismantle the blind profile. The blind curtain can also withstand the impact of a crowbar. The mechanism preventing the forceful lifting of the blind curtain is also more effective. A person attacking windows secured in this way will have to spend a few extra minutes and should be equipped with power tools if they want to get inside.
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