Shutter Installations from London to Bath, Oxford to Winchester

Please ensure that when you decide to purchase window shutters for your home or business premises that you work with the best south England shutter specialists. Why settle for an average service, reasonable value, DIY shutter installation or a restricted range of styles, colours and finishes? You deserve an outstanding experience, with market leaders Smart Blinds and Shutters, this is guaranteed.

They work across the south of England, enjoy industry partnerships and excellent reviews.

Smart Blinds and Shutters is a family run business with:

  • Over 20 years of experience.
  • An affordable, desirable range of window shutters.
  • A window shutter option that reflects your personality.
  • Window shutters in 5 wood types and in 117 painted and stained colour finishes.
  • Their showrooms are located in Caversham and Thatcham.
  • Professionally qualified shutter installation specialists.
  • They take time to understand exactly what the client wants from their window shutters, functionally and aesthetically.
  • They are happy to answer questions and you’ll never feel like you’re on a conveyor belt as you might at a national chain shutter company.
  • Free measuring and fitting services.
  • A no obligation quote.
  • Made to measure window shutters.
  • Tilt or no tilt option window shutters.
  • Made-to-order by the leading global shutter manufacturer.
  • State of the art manufacturing processes.
  • Top quality workmanship.

Space may be at a premium, curtains may billow distractingly into a space, blinds may not be to your taste; shutters offer versatility, security, privacy and finesse to an environment, whatever the colour, finish and design scheme.

Window shutters come in numerous forms and each one from Smart Blinds and Shutters represents a value for money, optimum quality, long lasting solution.

  • Plantation shutters

These are also known as Full Height Shutters. These window shutters cover the entire window but often feature a divider rail so that part of the shutter can be left open, the other section closed, if required. Plantation window shutters provide excellent insulation, reduce noise and light from outside.

  • Café style shutters

Shutter installations for this continental style tend to be in rooms which are not overlooked because they cover just the lower section of a window. The café shutters prove less expensive than full window shutter installations.

  • Tier on tier

There are two sets of panels, one sits above the other. These layers can be operated independently to control light, privacy and noise.

  • Shaped shutters

Made to measure shaped shutter installations of full height window shutters are suitable for any size or shape frame.

  • Tracked

This style of shutter features full height panels on runners. They contract rather like a concertina.

  • Solid panel

These solid window shutters provide exceptional insulation.

Reflect your personal or corporate identity with your window dressings. Don’t settle for anything but the best.

Smart Blinds and Shutters are ready to help you, as renowned south England shutter specialists and installers. From London to Bath, Oxford to Winchester, and all points in between, they offer safe hands for your window shutter installation needs.

Why not contact them today?

Four Popular Design Styles Explained

Interior decorating involves more than adding scatter cushions and lighting to an interior space. The space that you design or decorate should follow a trend, and all elements of that space should fall within the guidelines of that trend to create a consistent, unified space.

One thing people forget to “match” is their furniture, especially built-in cupboards. However, when building or renovating your own home you have the freedom to choose the colours for your built-in cupboards and permanent furnishings to match your intended décor trends. To make things easier I have listed four popular design trends along with my product suggestions from the PG Bison product range.

Bohemian

The bohemian décor trend captures the beauty of a carefree, adventurous lifestyle. This style is built by collecting what is good from all corners of the world and bringing it back into your home. Bold patterns and vibrant colours, scatter cushions, throws and rugs are indicators of this adored boho-chic trend.

Product suggestion: PG Bison’s MelaWood SupaTexture boasts the perfect bohemian colour, Napoca.

Scandinavian

Scandinavian design introduced a minimalist look to architecture and interior design. Scandinavian décor trends feature simple, functional furniture, with light peaceful tones of grey and white. Playful accent pieces can be added, but these usually follow softer tones. Scandinavian home décor creates a harmonious and peaceful environment by avoiding clutter and bold, clashing colours.

Product suggestion: Simple Scandinavian style wants simple lines such as MelaWood Storm Grey.

Industrial

The Industrial design trend looks back to the industrial era and shows off raw steel, distressed wood and un-plastered brick work. This is a masculine, mature and rustic form of décor and is often used in bars and restaurants. Cleaner lines and elaborate ornaments or furniture pieces can be added to the mix for a bit of excitement.

Product suggestion: Formica LifeSeal worktops are now available in an attractive gloss range. Colour options like Tucana and Aquila are perfectly suited to an industrial or urban look.

Nautical

Think beach house and you will probably be imagining nautical décor. This trend is formed on colours that remind us of the sea; mainly white, shades of blue, and sand-coloured furnishings. Unfinished wood, sea shells, ropes and deep texture can be found in this sensual design trend.

Product suggestion: One feels the sea and it only makes sense that your nautical décor should use textured, realistic-feeling wood panel products. Calais from the MelaWood SupaTexture range is the ideal fit.

 

Pest Survival in Cold Weather

Just as cold weather sees humans racing to the comfort of a warm fire and shelter, so too will the UK’s pests strive to make their retreat to a safe, warm spot with access to food and drink.

Berkshire pest control specialists know that many customers think that pests are less troublesome in the winter as they’re already hibernating or have died off, but you should still be alert because several pests are ready to make your property theirs, whatever the season.

Pest Survival in Cold Weather

Winter storms, snowfall and flooding can damage properties and create access points for pests and therefore pest control issues. Regular property checks and a proactive approach to maintenance tasks are wise precautions.

You may not see the pests as much during periods of cold weather but the calls to pest control specialists, including Pest Control Berkshire, are still plentiful.

Did you know that there are species of cockroaches which thrive in arctic conditions and so they won’t find snow or low temperatures in the UK problematic?

Spiders will trek indoors and find a quiet corner, loft or garage to sit out the cold weather. They eat insects which are overwintering, unseen by humans, in the property.

Rodents are intelligent and loyal; they’ll take risks in freezing weather which they’d dismiss at other times, just to survive. They’ll feed during daylight hours and in more open spots rather than making nocturnal food trips; bird food may be one of the easiest food stuffs to reach.

Rats and mice can wiggle through a space as small as a pencil and gain access to a loft, outbuilding, kitchen or warehouse. Their teeth are sharp and strong enough to gnaw through most materials, from fabric to timber to metal. Humans frequently save them from having to make an excessive effort by leaving bins open, and rubbish accessible, especially when collections are thrown in to chaos. A compost heap provides an ideal storm shelter with the food supply a whisker away.

We normally assume that bed bugs need warm duvets and mattresses, but they don’t die when we get out of bed, they can live well in cool temperatures. Pest control experts appreciate that bed bugs survive intercontinental flights and can infest bedframes, furniture and electric sockets. They don’t require food as humans do; they can exist for 3 months without sustenance. Be proactive about bed bugs, they are particularly a problem for hotels in which a succession of travellers can occupy rooms.

Woodworm require approximately 10-15% humidity so variable temperatures, heating being switched on and off and increased condensation levels are like a welcome mat. As they live for 2-5 years, they won’t mind a cool attic beam or floorboard. Their food source, cellulose, is naturally found in the timber. Summer is the least enjoyable time for woodworm because it’s too warm and the timber is drier.

Pests unlucky enough to find themselves outside and exposed in a winter freeze like slugs, snails and aphids will die.

Cold weather adaptability means that professional licensed Berkshire pest control services are in demand every day of the year.

Tips to use ISEER to pick the best Air Conditioner

Owing to the unfathomable surge in temperatures in the recent years, air conditioners have evolved as the primary necessity of people all over the globe. Apart from the seasonal variation prevailing in the entire country, most of the territories in India is majorly blessed with a tropical climate which implies that the temperature is bound to rise to an uncomfortable range. Such unbearable climatic conditions have eventually led to the popularity and increased necessity of air conditioners. However, with the extreme technological advancements and innumerable brands promising the perfect machinery in the market, choosing the best from the rest is a hefty task. The key to buying a sovereign of an electrical appliance is to understand the performance, efficiency, and energy-saving techniques.

Complying with the praiseworthy advancements, air conditioners have recently evolved with impressive inverter technologies that have astonishingly excelled in all the fields of concern. By converting the incident AC current to DC, it has mastered the art of energy-saving which directly reduces the count of electric units burned. As a result, the users are also blessed with reasonable electricity bills. However, some good quality non-inverter ACs might prove to be equally effective. Hence, buyers are always advised to abide by the general guidelines while choosing an air conditioner. The easiest way is to check the star rating which is inversely related to energy consumption. The higher the star rating, the lesser is the energy consumed by the machine which also means greater efficiency.

What Is ISEER?

ISEER is abbreviated of Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is also defined as the ratio of heat removed to energy consumed. The basic idea behind assigning the name is the seasonal variation that prevails in the country all year round which also means a varied range of cooling temperature is required. The compressor motor works differently when it has to cool a room with approximately 27℃, while the outside temperature is 30℃ than it would have to when the temperature outside is a scorching 40℃.

What To Check In A Machine?

Majority of the consumers are not acquainted with the technical terminologies and distinguishing an AC on the basis of calculations is not always feasible. However, a brief note is always provided by the manufacturers to assist the buyers with the basic knowledge of the machinery. Besides ISEER, here is a list of details that should be checked as well:

  • ‌Rated Cooling Capacity for 100% load

The modified inverter air conditioners possess a varying cooling capacity. For e.g., a 1ton inverter AC has a variable capacity of 0.2-1.2 tons. In this case, the Maximum Cooling Capacity would be 1.2. This is in compliance with BEE which marks ±5% concession for the rated capacity.

  • ‌Rated Cooling Capacity for 50% load

Certain manufacturers design air conditioners with 50% energy consumption. This implies that the conditioner is assigned to consume only 0.5 tons if the rated capacity is 1 ton. However, 0.5 does not indicate the minimum value.

  • ‌Rated Power Input for 100% Load

The unit of power consumed in watts while the machine is performing at 100% load (rated capacity) is indicated as the rated power input.

  • ‌Half Power Input for 50% Load

The unit of power consumed in watts while the machine is performing at 50% load (rated capacity) is indicated as the half power input.

  • ‌Cooling Seasonal Energy Consumption

This indicates the total number of watts consumed per year. However, the unit mentioned is usually calculated for a period of 1600 hours and is subjected to variation depending on the seasons and regions it is operating at.

Assigning stars for the performance of air conditioners has been considered as the best as it clearly indicates the efficiency of the device as well as assists the buyers with the quality of the product. The high rated, inverter air conditioners have evolved as the best in matters of energy saving and are also preferred by the mass because of the huge savings in electricity bills.

How to Pick the Right Water Filtration System for Your Home

Having filtered water at home is a priority for many people and buying bottled water can add up over time. Filtering your own is a great option and there are a variety of filtration options available on the market. But what’s the best method for you? In this article, we’re going to give the steps you should take to find the best filtration system for your needs.

How to Pick the Right Water Filtration System for Your Home

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Test Your Water

Before you even look into buying a filtration system, you’ll want to know what’s in your water supply. Your local water treatment facility should be able to provide you with a water quality report. You can also use an at-home testing kit to test your drinking water or use a local lab. Finding out what you need to filter will help with the next steps.

Determine Your Type of Filer

It’s very important to understand each filtration system in detail and use the right ones for the types of contaminants in your home. Each filter is designed to remove different compounds from your water supply. Activated carbon filters, for example, will remove heavy metals, pesticides, parasites, chlorine, and some VOCs. Other contaminants may need to be removed using other systems. If your water contains arsenic, you’ll need a distillation system.

Decide on Location

You can choose either a whole-house or point-of-use filter system. Point of entry filters are designed to filter the water before it enters your home. One example is an AquaOx filter for your whole house which takes the fuss out of the process. Point-of-use systems include faucet and sink systems, water bottles, and water pitchers.

The whole-house models are often used to remove minerals and unpleasant tastes so your entire water system from the sink to the bathroom will have these compounds removed.

Find a NSF Certified System

No matter what type of filtration system you use, you’ll want to look for a system that is certified by NSF International. This means that the system has gone through rigorous testing and actually does remove the contaminants that it claims. If you’re not sure whether your filtration system does this, you can always check the NSF website for more information. Without this certification, you may be settling for a system that doesn’t provide the services you need.

Inspect the System

If you already have a system, make sure that it’s being inspected on a scheduled basis. Many filtration systems are installed and then left alone where they start to break down over time. Regulations change so you may need to have a professional inspect your system or have it upgraded. Even water filtration pitchers are often forgotten about. In addition to maintenance, change the filters as needed. Most systems that use filters will have guidelines on how often they need to be changed. Make reminders for yourself so you don’t forget to do this important task.

Although your water may not be unpleasant tasting, it’s still important to make sure that your water source is safe from contaminants that can hurt you or your family. After getting your water tested, you may want to consider using these steps to put in a filtration system.