Are blackout blinds effective?
Recently, there’s been a lot of hype around these ‘wonder’ blinds. Some claim they are the best way to sleep better, prevent heat loss and reduce noise.
Others complain their blackout blinds don’t fit properly and leak light, heat and noise as a result.
In this quick post, we’ll look at the 3 main uses for blackout blinds and uncover why there are mixed results.
1. Are Blackout Blinds Effective At Improving sleep?
Our body’s natural sleep-rhythm follows the rising and setting of the sun. Light triggers powerful signals in our brain, which makes us feel more awake.
Modern life means that most people have irregular sleep patterns which are continually interrupted by natural light coming through their bedroom windows, particularly in the summer months and street lighting causing light pollution throughout the winter.
Blackout blinds have long been touted as the solution to unwanted light.
Many shift-workers, parents of young kids and sleep-lovers around the world claim they are the best way to get better quality (and more) sleep.
2. Are Blackout Blinds Effective At Saving Heat?
In recent years, people have discovered that blinds can play a huge role in preventing heat loss in their home.
Windows - even if they're double-glazed - are one of the main ways warm air escapes a room.
Some brands actually claim that installing their blinds will save you hundreds on your heating bills.
But with so many outlandish claims out there, it can be hard to tell what is true, and what is simply hot air.
Be wary of trusting these claims unless they’re backed up by accredited studies or tests.
3. Are Blackout Blinds Effective At Reducing Noise Pollution?
The least-discussed aspect of blackout blinds is their potential to block out unwanted noise.
Continued research has revealed the negative effects of noise pollution on our health, particularly when it comes to sleep.
Quality blinds can act as a barrier between the outside world and your home, deflecting noise from sirens, traffic and people back onto the street.
But Do They Work?
The main thing that determines how effective blackout blinds are is the quality of the product itself.
Many cheap, mass-produced blackout blinds from supermarkets and big retailers are known for leaking light, letting heat escape and having no impact on noise reduction.
This gives blackout blinds a bad reputation across the board, which unfortunately prevents many people from reaping the benefits they can provide.
Introducing Bloc Blinds: Say goodnight to unwanted light
Our award-winning blackout blinds are custom-made to fit the exact measurements of your window using engineered side rails and a bottom seal, making them one of the most effective solutions on the market.
The British Board Of Agrément independently tested and discovered that our BlocOut™ reduces heat loss through the window by 43%.
Plus with our easy installation and video tutorials, they’re simple to install and don’t require DIY expertise or a lot of tools.
We pride ourselves on creating products that are built to last and actually do what they claim to do.
We like to let our customers speak for themselves, and with 500+ reviews on TrustPilot, you can see for yourself.
So if you’re in need of quality blackout blinds, check out our shop for more information or request a free fabric sample today.
Thanks so much for reading.
Hopefully, it answered some of your questions.
If you have any more, please feel free to reach out to us. We’d be more than happy to help.
- The Bloc Blinds Team