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2016
2016
MAR
03

Don't Be Dazzled By The Winter Sun

Low Winter sun prompts increase in solar shading enquiries

External Roller Blinds

Due to the sun's lower position in the sky during the Winter months, we've recently experienced lots of bright and sunny weather conditions. However, as much we appreciate these sun-filled days, the sun's increased intensity along with its lower orientation in the sky can leave us dazzled along with causing excess glare within our homes.

Whilst glare can be an issue all year round, bright Winter sunlight can make it especially difficult for our eyes to focus. This excess glare can lead to eye-strain and general discomfort, hence why we've recently seen a notable increase in enquiries regarding our innovative external roller blinds which effectively resolve this issue. 

Excess glare, caused by the sun's lower point in the sky, is a direct result of the Earth's annual cycle. This cycle impacts how the sun's rays strike various locations on Earth, with the sun's path varying from one season to the next.  For example, The Earth is at its most extreme tilt during the Winter and Summer solstices, therefore the lowest arc through the sky occurs on December 21st, as shown in the diagram below.

Solar shading, such as our external roller blinds, work by using this predictable movement of the sun to utilize energy for heating and cooling purposes. For example, our blinds prevent overheating in the Summer, by blocking up to 96% of the sun's incoming solar heat radiation, along with reducing heat loss in Winter to deliver a passively cooled, glare-free and naturally lit space 365 days a year.

External Roller Blind

Playing a key role in achieving maximum occupant efficiency and enjoyment of any space, our external blinds maintain optimum comfort all year-round, adding both kerb appeal and value to properties of all shapes and sizes. Plus, as air conditioning units are no longer required, homeowners can enjoy lower-energy bills whilst reducing their property's carbon emissions, so they're an excellent eco-friendly addition to any home. 

If you’ve been inspired by this article and would like to know more about energy-efficient buildings along with seeing our full range of state-of-the-art solar shading solutions, visit our stand at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition where we will be exhibiting from 8th-10th of March. The show, which places an emphasis on sustainability and innovative design, is a great source of inspiration for all your home improvement projects. 

Tickets are completely free of charge - click here to register- so it’s an ideal opportunity to see our superior products in the flesh whilst gaining expert advice direct from the UK's leading external shading specialists on the right sun protection system for your project.