Plants that Thrive in the Shade

Creating shaded areas around your home is crucial, especially if you live in a climate with very hot summers. Blinds are useful for cutting down heat penetration through windows and retractable awnings can provide small oases of shade around the perimeters of your home.

But not all plants do well on a covered patio or in a sunless garden, so it’s important to choose those that will thrive in areas with less sunlight. The following is a brief summary of some of the most popular shade-loving varieties. Keep in mind though that there are a number of different types or degrees of shade, including dappled, deep, damp and dry shade, so it’s important to consider this when choosing plants for shaded areas.

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Choosing the Correct Blinds and Awnings for Your Home

When deciding what kind of blinds and awnings would best suit your home, there are several important factors to consider:

  • The climate in which you live
  • The purpose of your blinds and awnings
  • The look you want to achieve
  • The amount you want to spend

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Ways to Reduce Your Reliance on Air Conditioning

Having air conditioning in your home is absolutely wonderful when you get home on a particularly warm day. However, blasting your air con uses a lot of energy and can cost a lot of money, so you should try and keep it to a minimum if you can. The following are some of the ways you can rely less on your home air conditioning system.

Screen doors and windows

If you don’t want to have to rely on your fake breeze so much, then you’d better let the real one in as much as you possibly can. Getting exterior screens put on all of your doors and windows can make a huge difference, as the breeze will be able to come through your entire house, and security screen options make it so that you aren’t leaving yourself vulnerable while you do it.

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5 Materials Used in Window Blinds

Wherever you go in the world, you’re likely to find window blinds. And wherever you go, most of these window blinds will have a few things in common. They will, for example, be fitted on the window of dwellings — of places where people live. They will generally be around the same size of that window, or possibly a little bit bigger. And their job will be much the same; to control temperature in a room — either by keeping the heat of the sun out or by retaining warmth from within — or to provide privacy for the residents from the gaze of neighbours, passers-by and unwanted sticky beaks.

However, despite all these similarities, blinds come in a huge range of different forms. There are, for example, many varieties of blinds, from the horizontal slats of the Venetian blind style to vertical blinds, Roman blinds and even automated roller blinds. However, in this article we’re going to look at another differentiating point of window blinds — the materials used. After all, all over the world, window blinds are made from a range of different materials, each with their own range of benefits.

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A Brief History of Window Blinds

In the 21st century, window blinds are — along with curtains — the most common type of window covering. In fact, you’ll scarcely find anyone in Australia who isn’t familiar with window blinds of some variety. And that being said, the varieties are many, including Venetian blinds, vertical blinds, roller blinds and many more. In this article, we’ll briefly look at the history of this ubiquitous window covering, from its humble beginnings in ancient civilisations to its modern and technologically advanced incarnations.

Blinds in ancient times

The earliest records of blinds being used by human beings date back centuries to the nomadic tribes of African and Asian deserts. These primitive people used basic sheets to cover the windows of their dwellings in order to block out the harsh desert sun.

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Understanding Ultraviolet Radiation

We all know that Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is bad for us. We know that we need to wear sun screen at the beach and install roller blinds in our home in order to ensure we stay protected. But do you actually know what UV radiation (also known as UV rays) really is? Do you know why it’s dangerous? In this article, we’ll attempt to give you a simple explanation of how UV radiation works.

Let’s start with the basics…

At its most basic level, UV radiation is a type of energy travelling through space. This category of energy is known as electromagnetic radiation and also includes visible light, x-rays, infrared ways and radio waves.

The energy travels in the form of waves; a measurement of this energy, then, is what is known as a ‘wavelength’. The larger the wavelength, the less energy there is; visible light, for example, has a longer wavelength than UV radiation. This means that UV radiation has more energy and, thus, is more dangerous.

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How to Protect Your Home by Thinking Like a Burglar

Sometimes, the best way to protect your home from burglars is to put yourself in their shoes. What are they looking for in a potential target? What type of homes will be easier to break into than others? In this article, we’re going to show you how to think like a burglar in order to keep your home as safe as possible from their ever-present threat, with suggestions ranging from installing roller blinds to forwarding phone calls.

1. Uh-oh… not an alarm system

Burglars want to go about their business with as little attention being drawn to them as possible. And nothing draws attention like an alarm system. Whether it’s a loud siren that is activated as soon as a door or window to your home is opened, or a complex video system that feed back to a control room whenever a motion sensor is activated, burglars will avoid homes where alarm systems are clearly present, Adding signage to the outside of your home warning that the area is alarmed is an excellent deterrent measure.

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A Home Security Checklist for Holidayers

You’re planning a holiday. Good on you — you deserve it! After working so hard throughout the year, it’s time to relax, unwind and enjoy life without the stresses. It’s all going to be for nothing, however, if you return feeling refreshed only to find that your home has been broken into while you’re away. The reality is, the extended period spent away from home that comes as a result of a holiday provides the perfect opportunity for criminals to break into your home and steal your valuables. Before you go away, draw your curtains or blinds and follow this home security holiday checklist to ensure you don’t become a victim.

Think about lighting

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Safe as Houses: 6 Home Security Tips

Your home is your haven from the world, and the security of that haven is key to living in comfort. In this article, we’ll take a look at six secrets to ensuring your home is as secure as it can possibly be, from installing roller blinds and exterior lighting to locking up valuables and keeping them out of sight of potential burglars.

1. Alarm systems

A modern alarm is still one of the most effective deterrents from burglars. These days, an alarm can be much more than a simple siren going off at the front of your home when a door or window is opened. If you want to go all out for home security, you can create entire alarm systems that connect to central monitoring stations where trained security experts can check live video feeds whenever an alert is set off. This also eliminates the problem of “false alarms”, which are a notorious side effect of traditional alarm systems.

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When in Rome: All About Roman Blinds

In the blind and awning industry, styles come and go. As a result, we’re constantly experiencing influxes of different trends, but it is safe to say that at the moment, one style that is experiencing a revival is the tried and trusted Roman style. A from of roller blinds , roman blinds are sturdy, practical and versatile, and more and more Australians are discovering the benefits of choosing this high quality product for their homes.

What Are Roman Blinds?

Roman blinds are usually made from extremely thick and heavy fabric, giving them a luxurious and elegant look. The blind is segmented into even horizontal panels, which have a firm strip of wood built in to each panel. When the blind is lifted (using a pulley cord) the panels raise one-by-one which means that it is possible to have blinds halfway open, fully open, closed or at any stage in-between, while still reaping the benefits of the protective and insulating fabric. Roman blinds typically have a protective head-rail that hangs over the top like a pelmet, and can be fitted flush to the window opening for maximum insulation.
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