We love this current heat wave, it’s certainly making us spend more time outdoors – there’s nothing better. Well that is, until, our un-air-conditioned homes turn into melting pots. Sleepless, sweaty nights are not fun at all.
You may think that your insulated blackout curtains are adding to the room’s heat, however, this could not be further from the truth.
According to networx.com, blackout lined curtains and blinds will reduce the amount of heat transferred into a room by up to 24%. That means rooms will stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Change things up
It’s how you use them during a heat wave that makes all the difference. Keep you curtains closed during the hottest part of the day and when direct sunlight hits a
room. This will bounce those hot sunshine rays away from the window.
Then, when the sun sets, open your curtains. Yes, the early morning sunlight might wake you earlier than you intended, but waking up thanks to natural sunlight is scientifically good for you.
Huffington Post has an article regarding sleep and natural light. Allowing natural light to be the first thing that you see helps your internal body clock. You wake up and get up much easily "because your body's internal clock is sensitive to light and darkness" says Natalie Dautovich, the National Sleep Foundation's environmental scholar.
Black Out lining all the way
So, the lining of your curtains, whether you choose made to measure or custom made, is incredibly important. Blackout lining is slightly more costly, but as we have proven, it has a whole host of long-term benefits.