Blinding the Winter Sun: How to Control the Glare
At this time of year, the sun dips in the sky and comes in through curtains and blinds at different angles. This affects the perception of things in our lives. It can also have health implications and cause headaches and affect vision. People might squint more or strain eyes to see through the glare. This can be better managed with good blinds fitted at home.
Glare Affecting Home Life
When there is glare in the house, perception is alerted and altered. People can see things that aren’t there or can miss things that are. When we watch television, sometimes we will miss important parts of the show, because of the glare of the screen. When we are alone in the house, the glare might make something stationary look like it is moving.
When we are walking through our home, we can trip on objects, bump into things, or have accidents because the glare distracts our eyes. When reading a book, or working on a project, productivity can be slow due to the angle of the sun. Natural light is helpful at times, but can be a bad distraction at others.
What Is the Best Way to Control the Light?
Blinds come in a variety of styles and options. Blinds are more controllable than curtains and can fold away, allowing natural light in when it is needed. Blinds can look modern and fashionable and can be different for each window. Controlling the natural light coming into homes and offices can benefit the space.
Six different types of blinds offer control of light, control of airflow, and aesthetic beauty. Below is a brief description of each:
- Vertical Blinds: vertical lengths of plastic or fabric tilted for privacy and light control
- Roller Blinds: Wrapping around a roller, these can be lowered or raised quickly
- Roman Blinds: Fabric that folds up or down, controlling privacy and light.
- Venetian Blinds: Metal or wood or faux wood that tilt for airflow
- Pleated Blinds: Concertina folds of fabric easily raised or lowered for effect.
- Perfect Fit Blinds: Built-in a frame that fits perfectly to the shape of the window.
- Blinds for VELUX: Black Out blinds that fully control light, controlled by a roller.
Why Install Blinds?
Finding what works best in regards to space, light, and airflow can be difficult. According to the team at Toronto Blinds, there are over 15 hours of sunlight during the summer months. During those months, it is best to offer shade to furniture, appliances, and ultraviolet radiation. We need to have a good think about how we are going to protect our furniture and ourselves in our homes from the bright light.