Blackout blinds will help keep your rugs and furniture from fading. There's never a more important time to consider the way that window blinds can preserve the color of your area rugs, carpeting, and furniture, than in the summer. Blinds are typically made with horizontal slats that can be tilted up or down, for either full or partial light blockage.
Blinds are also for privacy, and the way that you tilt the slats can make you think that you are "covered", but that is not always the case. A rule of thumb regarding the privacy factor when tilting your window blinds is that if you can see them, they can see you. If you have horizontal blinds on a second floor window, and you have the slats tilted with the outside edge down, you can look through the slats when they are nearly closed, and see the ground outside. You might think, wow, I have privacy, but I can still see what's going on outside. In actuality, you only have privacy from someone at a level equal to, or above your level. Anyone on the ground can look up and see you just as plain as day through the partially open slats of the blinds. If you want the blinds to be partially opened, and you want privacy, in the case of the second story, tilt the slats with the outer edge up. This will insure your privacy from the ground outside. At night, if you have the lights on, this is especially important.
Now if your desire is to watch what is going on outside without being discovered, which some people call snooping, horizontal window blinds are just what you need. Night snooping is easy. Just make sure that you have the lights off in the room from which you want to snoop, and then tilt the slats of your blinds with the outside edge pointing down, and you are in business. SelectBlinds does not encourage snooping, but we want to be as informative as possible.
Let's get back to the more important matter of utilizing your window blinds to help avoid the fading of your furniture and floors. Horizontal window blinds are made with slats from wood, wood composites, vinyl, aluminum, or other materials, both natural and manmade. They all have one thing in common. They are constructed with rope ladders running through each slat. It is these ladders that tilt the blinds, and it is these ladders that are also used to lift and lower the slats. These ladders are normally threaded through holes in the slats of the blinds. The holes allow slivers of light to pass through, and it is possible that the pinpoints of light could fade your furniture. It is also possible, if someone were so inclined, to creep up to your window and snoop on you! SelectBlinds offers horizontal window blinds with the popular No Holes Privacy option. This takes care of both pinpoints of lights, and prying eyes.
SelectBlinds.com offers a full selection of horizontal blinds, and they all come to you with free shipping and our limited lifetime warranty.