Whether to frame views, draw maximum amounts of natural light inside, use the sun to boost indoor temperatures or simply offer a better connection with the outdoors, more and more homeowners are looking to install wide spans of glass in their projects. Ensuring you have the right shading precautions in place is essential for thermal efficiency and to maintain privacy.
One convenient option is to buy windows with blinds fitted between the panes – a subtle result that means you’re paying one price for glazing and shading. Their position sheltered within the unit also means they are a virtually maintenance-free option, as you don’t need to worry about dust or moisture gathering between the slats. They also help with sound protection – especially important near busy roads.
Internorm’s HV 350 windows with integrated blinds combine sun protection and privacy in one unit. Available in PVCu or a timber/aluminium composite design, you can choose from Venetian or opaque Duette blinds. Venetian-style units mean you simply adjust the angle of the slats to regulate the amount of light coming inside. Different colours are available to suit your decor; you can also opt for blackout versions with an aluminium coating that hardly lets any light in.
HV 350 windows have the advantage of being able to be equipped with the Internorm’s I-tec shading. These work by including a photovoltaic panel that harnesses energy from the sun – especially useful if there is no electricity supply available from a direct source nearby. This method contributes to better energy efficiency in the home through the use of renewable tech. I-tec can even be controlled conveniently on your smartphone via app. Alternatively, the motor blind can be battery operated. I-tec ventilation can also be fitted; having this included in the window frame means ventilation can be controlled for each room individually and as required.
With Internorm integral blinds, you can open the window to allow access as one of the panes is on a hinge – perfect for cleaning the units; just a micro fibre cloth used without cleaner provides a flawless finish. Another advantage is that you need not worry if something goes wrong with the blinds, as it’s easy to look inside to adjust the unit or have it replaced if necessary.