What can I put on my windows to keep the heat out?

More than 30% of the unwanted heat that enters our homes comes from the space’s windows. While it’s incredibly uncomfortable to experience the Aussie summer without any mode of cooling, there are ways you can block heat from escaping through your windows, ensuring the efficiency of your air-conditioner or fans isn’t going to waste.

We understand that air-cons generate high energy bills and are sometimes not feasible to use in the long-run. Not to worry – there are numerous cost-effective tips you can utilise to keep this problem at bay, and the comfortable temperature in the place. Read more

Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Cool this Summer

Summer means fun beach days, icy-cold gelatos, outdoor BBQs and dips in the pool. And with the season still in full swing, there’s plenty of sunny days outside left to enjoy. Unfortunately, with the warmer weather comes some odd days where the heat gets a little too much. To ensure you and your family keep comfortable and safe during these times, we’ve put together some easy ways for you to bring the temperature down, without hefty electricity costs.

A note about air-conditioning

Utilising cooling isn’t just about the bills that come as a result. Having your air-con on full blast during summer also affects the environment. The longer you rely on these appliances, the more greenhouse gases are released. More than ever before, it’s essential to switch to eco-friendly ways to cool down, as much as possible. The planet will thank you for it, and so will your bank account.

Here are some tips and tricks that can help you keep your home cool during the rest of summer. Read more

Enjoying Both Day and Night: Blinds That Give you the Best of Both Worlds

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Privacy is crucial for most of us, especially in our own homes. We don’t want potential intruders peering in to see what valuables we have or for any other prying eyes watching us in the privacy of our own home for any other reason.

In saying this, we don’t want to have to shut ourselves off entirely from the world either, and we want to be able to let sunlight in for natural lighting and heat as well. That is where roller blinds come in to play, giving you the option to have complete privacy, open your home for sunlight and breezes as well. Who doesn’t like getting the best of both worlds?

Roller blinds give you privacy and versatility

They are also available in different fabrics that can allow different sunshine levels, depending on your needs. These designs can also be matched to the decor of your home as well and their sleek lines are very stylish and modern as well.

If you want to keep the light in and retain your privacy, there are roller blind options available that are semi-transparent. This will let you balance out rays the way you want to, filtering light in as you need it.

Blockout blinds are the perfect way to enjoy your own space

If you are looking to shut out the sunlight from outside totally, blockout blinds are your best option as they are made from fabric that completely seals your windows and doorways and keeps out 100 per cent of the sunshine.

This gives you complete privacy, but also provides a range of other benefits as well. These blinds are also beneficial at filtering heat and noise, so they are fantastic for shift workers (or for a good Netflix session in peace).

Then when you want to let in the sunlight, you can simply roll the blockout blinds up, including via remote control with electric options available.

You can have rollers custom-measured and installed at your residential or commercial property anywhere in Melbourne by the expert team at Jim’s Blinds. All of our franchise holders have been thoroughly trained and licenced and insured to expect the best level of service and the highest quality blinds installed at your property.

Jim’s Blinds Melbourne is available in all suburbs to install the best quality blockout and roller blinds to suit any home or commercial property. Give our team a call today on 131 546.

Keeping Pests Out of your Home this Summer

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Summer is a great time to enjoy the Melbourne weather as the mercury rises and cold, wet winter days make way for the warm and sunny climate. Unfortunately, we are not the only ones that love this time of the year, as many pests come out to play and wreck our recreational activities.

Mosquitoes become more active (particularly early in the morning and in the evening) when the heat and humidity rise. Meanwhile, many other pests – like flies and ants – seek out moisture when it dries up outside. This means they make a direct path for the inside your house.

It is important to prepare for these pest invasions before the season rolls around. Not only are they annoying, but they can also bring disease into your home, and the last thing you want is to be sick during the summertime. Read more

How to keep your vintage look when installing blinds

There’s a reason vintage has hit if big across global trends – be it on the runway or throughout interior design. Its timeless apparel and classical touch mean it is an accessible and stylish way to jazz up any space, and a lot of homeowners are still opting for the Victorian flair for their own homes.

So what kinds of blinds or curtains are available to homeowners who don’t want to ruin this look? Fortunately, there are many options available that will help you control the light in your home, keep unwanted insects out and help control the environment without clashing with your old-world styling.

Keep your retro look with outdoor window awnings

These are a great option because they are located outside of the home and will not intrude on the interior styling of your home. Read more

The Perfect Blinds for Smaller Homes

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There are many reasons why people opt for smaller properties. For singles and couples without children, extra room to move isn’t always necessary. Smaller homes are also a great option for older people who are looking to downsize from a property that’s now too big for their lifestyle.

But just because you are living in a smaller home, it doesn’t mean you can’t have big ideas when it comes to the interior design  If you have a smaller property, what kind of blinds are a better fit for the space on offer and aesthetics you’re aiming for? In this post, we’re running through the different options available for your cosy nest.

Tips and tricks for styling awnings and blinds for small houses

Jim’s Flyscreens and Blinds has a wide range of wall coverings and treatments to choose from that are fantastic for spaces that aren’t backed by a lot of room to experiment with. Choose from: Read more

This timeless staple could be the answer to your window problems

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Sometimes the classic and traditional options remain the best. That is often the case with plantation shutters, which have existed for hundreds of years and remain functional, versatile and stylish options to this very day. Jim’s Flyscreens and Blinds are your plantation shutter specialists and we have put together a guide on why your home needs plantation shutters, whether it is modern or contemporary.

Your home needs plantation shutters – here’s why

There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing your window coverings. You can stick with basic curtains, look at roller blinds if the light is an issue or select from a range of blinds, shutters and louvres that can help you control the light and airflow in your home. Read more

The great Aussie household sidekick: roller blinds

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As the mercury begins to rise it is only natural that we want to enjoy more of the glorious Australian sunshine that is heading our way. But sometimes that sun can heat up your home to uncomfortable levels, lead to higher energy bills and make it difficult to sleep – especially for shift workers. The perfect solution is roller blinds and the latest innovations make it simple to control the sunlight in your home.

Everything you need to know about roller blinds

While roller blinds may be simple in design, they can include a range of different features and technologies to suit each individual’s needs. Getting to know these features will allow you to come up with the right solution for your home and give you complete control over how much sun, light and breeze is allowed to enter your rooms. Read more

Get ready for the warmer months ahead with retractable flyscreen doors

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Spring is at our doorstep and summer will be hot on its heels, which means we are going to want to open up our homes again and enjoy the warmer weather on offer.

Retractable flyscreen doors are the perfect addition to your home for these warmer months because they give you the option and control over how much light and sun you are letting in, while also protecting against insects.

Permanent options are great for keeping insects out, but what about those times where you want to be able to let the breeze in or just enjoy an unfiltered view of your garden and surroundings?

Meanwhile, retractable flyscreen doors give you the best of both worlds, allowing you to slide them out when you need them and then retract them back into the door frame when you don’t require them. This is not only a tidy and convenient option, but also offers plenty of other benefits which we’ve outlined in more detail below.

Keep the flow of air going in your home

One of the biggest annoyances about summer is the flying creatures that will try and invade your home through an open access point. So opening up your doors and windows is going to let a lovely breeze through your home, but also invite the bugs and insects in.

Retractable designs are a perfect solution to keep the flow of air coming through your home while also keeping the insects out.

You can get rid of the insecticide

One way to get rid of insects is to spray them with bug spray, but this is not a preferable option for many people. A lot of these sprays contain harmful chemicals which is not great when you have children and pets in the house.

It also sticks to your carpets, your furniture, your curtains – pretty much everything and then you also have the issue of dead insects throughout your home. By installing retractable doors, you can get rid of the spray and just keep the bugs outside where they belong.

They help provide the perfect lighting setting

Summer can obviously be very bright, which also poses dilemmas. Opening up your home can let too much light in while keeping it closed up can make the heat unbearable – or ratchet up those electricity bills because you are using air conditioning and fans more.

Retractable flyscreen doors have an additional benefit in that they cut out about 50 per cent of the glare from the sun so you can have a softer level of sunlight streaming into your home, with no bugs and with those expensive aircon units left turned off.

They are perfect for entertainment spaces

You can have retractable designs made to order, and they can cover large spaces so you can protect against the insects on patios, decks and other entertainment spaces. Contact the team at Jim’s Flyscreens today, and we can measure your home up and have a quote ready for you so you can make the most of your summer.

Why Cellular Shades are the Hottest Window Blinds this Winter

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There are many different ways to cover your windows, with each option offering their own selling points. But when it comes to the people’s choice, cellular blinds remain the most popular for all the benefits they offer across the year, particularly for winter.

Cellular blinds or shades are the number one selling product in our range, ahead of wooden blinds, roller systems and sheer shades.

Why all the fuss about cellular shades?

So what sets these blinds ahead of the rest of the chasing pack? Well, for a start, they are unbeatable when it comes to insulation.

They are also referred to as honeycomb shades because of their design that includes fabric cells which traps air and creates a natural insulation barrier between the window and the room.

This is a critical feature when you consider that about 30 per cent of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows and that the average Australian electricity bill each year is almost $1800.

They are highly effective in both the summer and winter months, helping trap your air conditioning or heating, reducing the workload of your heating/cooling devices and driving down your energy costs – which is also great for the environment.

While a blind that includes air-filled cells may sound bulky, cellular blinds are actually extremely low profile so you don’t need a lot of depth in your window frame to fit them into.

And when these products are busy blocking out the heat or cold, they are also blocking out light so you can have the ultimate sense of privacy and also pitch black rooms for cinema-like movie sessions. They even make for a  great daytime rest space for children or shift workers.

The fact they have twin layers flanking the cells means they are just as effective at blocking out light and prying eyes as wooden blinds. This insulation also blocks out noise which is perfect for homes that are exposed to heavy traffic on main roads while also allowing you to turn up your music and movies a few notches louder without attracting complaints from your neighbours.

Cellular shades are also highly versatile, with a range of colours and styles available and motorised options along with corded and cordless mechanisms to open and close them.

With all of these benefits, it is easy to see why cellular or honeycomb shades and blinds remain the consumers top choice over all other options year after year. They are affordable and ultimately pay for themselves through energy savings and you can match them with the rest of your decor with the vast range of colours and styles on offer.

If you are looking to have cellular blinds installed on your property, Jim’s Flyscreens and Blinds has the right team for the job. All of our franchise holders are trained to the highest of standards and we can install the cellular shades you have purchased, or supply industry-leading products for you.

To learn more, contact the team at Jim’s Flyscreens and Blinds on 13 15 46 to find out more about our line of products and services.