Specifying external blinds for energy savings

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30 May 2014
Specifying external blinds for energy savings
Markilux awnings not only look great, they can also help reduced energy bills.

Outdoor blinds not only create or enhance an entertaining area on a patio or a balcony, they can also reduce energy bills by making indoor spaces more comfortable.

Outdoor shading devices are all about comfort - all markilux awnings and blinds are fully retractable and when not in use, are either totally concealed or have a ‘barely there’ look. They can also be fully automated with timers, sensors and remote controls for added convenience, as well as accessorised with infrared heating, lighting or sound systems to make enjoying the outdoors possible at any time of the day or night.

Tensioned conservatory awnings are a good solution for shading larger areas because they’re installed over a supporting structure and run in fixed guide tracks, which, when combined with the markilux tracfix technology gives them increased wind resistance.

For windows with a view, vertical external blinds can be fitted with specially designed screen fabrics to address glare and heat whilst maintaining an outlook to the beach, the coastline or the mountains.

Outdoor blinds are also an excellent way to save money by cutting energy bills. Because the sun’s heat mainly enters a building through its glazing, shading windows can significantly reduce the need to artificially heat or cool.
Markilux awnings block up to 95 per cent of the sun’s heat from entering a building and either eliminate or reduce by up to 75 per cent the need to air condition in summer. Because they’re retractable, they permit inside the sun’s warmth in winter to naturally heat the home.

Outdoor awnings help to retain heat inside in winter and prevent it from entering the house in summer. That leads to a building that is cooler in summer and warmer in winter, greater indoor comfort and a substantial saving on energy bills.


With more than 40 years experience in technical research, markilux is the world leader in awning mechanisms and textiles. Designed and manufactured in Germany, markilux offers the largest range of premium external shading systems in Australia.

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