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Roller Shutters keep the heat in & the cold out

OzShut Roller Shutters can help you stay warmer this Winter while saving on the costs of heating your home.

They are designed to prevent the transfer of heat through your windows, keeping the warmth in and the cold air out.

Why is your house always cold?

Windows are a very important aspect of any home. They let in natural light and fresh air as well as connecting the inside of the home with the outdoors. However windows are also a major source of unwanted heat gain in summer and significant heat loss in winter. 

More heat loss occurs through windows than any other surface in the home. A single pane of glass can lose almost ten times as much heat as the same area of insulated wall. With heat being lost as fast as it is produced for warmth, windows are a very significant component of home heating costs.

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Your Holiday Home Security Checklist

Practical tips to help protect your home while you're away on holiday.

There are so many things to do before going on holiday, but before you pack up and head off, make sure home security is part of your travel plan so you can enjoy yourself knowing your home is safe!

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Keep your home cool

Prepare your home for the Summer heat.

The best way to cope with the heat of Summer while saving on your electricity bills, is to be ready for it!  

Here in Perth, we have a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and clear blue skies for 70% of the year. The extreme heat during our Summer months can make the temperature in our homes very uncomfortable if it’s not managed correctly. It is also the time of year when our power bills can surge as we try to keep our homes cool! In fact, approximately 40% of overall household energy use is for heating/cooling. It is the largest energy user in the average Australian home. However, with some pre preparation and good planning it is possible to stay cool while reducing the costs of running your air conditioner!

Approximate Household Energy Use

Heating & Cooling    40%

Water Heating           21%

Appliances                 33%

Lighting                      6%

Source   yourhome.gov.au

Tips for keeping your home cool AND energy efficient

Install Insulation

Having good quality roof and wall insulation is essential. Adequate insulation will keep cool air in your home and hot air out, reducing the amount of energy needed. On the hottest Summer days the temperature in your roof cavity can reach up to 70 degrees! Without proper roof insulation this heat is transferred through the thin layer of ceiling into your home. If you live in an older house the insulation may have become compacted and less efficient. You may want to consider having it checked and replaced. The better insulated, shaded and draught-proofed a house, the cheaper and less often an air-conditioner needs to run.

Maintain Your Air-Conditioner

There is rarely an Australian home without air-conditioning. But there’s no point in having air-con if it’s not running efficiently. Inside your home, wash or vacuum cleanable filters and replace disposable ones. Outside, clear leaves and other debris away from vents or exhausts and hose off any accumulated dirt. Have your air conditioner checked annually by a professional to ensure it’s in good working order. Do this in October or early November to ensure you aren’t caught out on the first seriously hot day of the year!

Don't Set The Temperature Too Low

Consider putting a timer or programmable thermostat on your air-conditioner. Leave it on a higher temperature while you’re out then set it to cool the house half an hour before you return home. We can get a bit comfortable with popping the air-conditioner on and then letting it run for the evening. But the truth is, it can often be shut down hours before we normally do it. This is especially true in Spring when the outside temperature at night really drops after the sun has gone down. So turn it off in the early evening or set the timer to 7pm. You’re not only helping reduce harmful emissions, you’re also saving on your next energy bill, since one degree cooler on the thermostat can mean up to fifteen percent higher electricity charges!

Cover Your Windows

The hottest tip to keeping your house cool is to cover your windows. This is where the majority of heat enters your home. Especially windows that face directly into the sun! This includes inside coverings and if possible, you should cover the outside of your windows too. Inside coverings will stop some sunlight getting through but unfortunately won’t do much in terms of keeping the heat out of the house. Outside coverings will stop the heat from reaching the window in the first place which is the best plan of attack. Window Roller Shutter slats are injected with an insulating material called Polyurethane. This prevents the transfer of heat into your home by up to 90% – far more than any other window covering option!

Keep The House Closed Up

Another simple but effective tip, to retain cool air and reduce costs and power consumption, is to shut the doors to areas that get the hottest and stop the heat spreading through the rest of the house.  Be sure to open the house up in the cool of the evening to let the heat out. It’s also a good idea to shut off any air conditioning systems in the unused rooms, such as spare bedrooms, if your system allows you to do this. Avoid unnecessary trips in and out of the house. Heat and humidity come in each time you open the door.

Use Fans

Fans are very energy efficient so it’s worth trying the fan first to cool the room. Try using the fan in conjunction with your air conditioner to help spread the cool air around the house more effectively. 

Consider installing ceiling fans. On moderately warm days, a ceiling fan may be enough to keep you comfortable. On warmer days, you can lower your air conditioner use by using a fan. Typically, the air flow created by a fan provides a similar improvement to comfort as reducing the temperature by around 3°C. If using a box or pedestal fan, placing a bowl of ice-cold water in front of it will create a chilly breeze. 

Be sure to clean the fans before their first use after being idle all Winter! Whether it’s a ceiling or pedestal fan, it is likely to be covered in a layer of dust which can kill the efficiency of the fan – and being showered with dust can’t be good for you!

Change Your Ceiling Fan Direction

Did you realise your ceiling fan is designed to rotate differently depending on the season? In Winter months, it should rotate clockwise to help distribute heat that’s risen. In the Summer though, you should run your fan anti-clockwise at higher speeds so it’s pushing air down and creating better circulation. Check to see which direction the fans in your home are moving, and, if necessary, hit the small black switch near the base to change directions.

Only Cool The Room You’re Using

Don’t try to cool the whole house, just focus on the room/s you’re in. This is going to save you major dollars when that bill arrives. Make the most of cool night breezes and open bedroom windows once night falls to let cool air in and hot air out, ready for when you go to bed.

Keep Yourself Cool

When the temperatures high wear light clothing around your house and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Try placing a cold cloth or two on your body and change your bedding to a lighter, breathable fabric. These things cost you nothing yet can make you more comfortable and keep you from reaching for that costly air-conditioner!

Prepare Your Outdoor Area

Fix shade sails, purchase an umbrella or replacing missing roof panels in your outdoor area to ensure you have appropriate shade from the harsh summer sun. Plant some fast-growing trees and shrubs near your home to provide shade. Cook and eat outside, especially in the early evening when temperatures have dropped but daytime heat has not yet been allowed to escape from the interior of the house. Cooking outside during hotter months reduces the heat load inside your home.

Long term home cooling solutions

The extreme heat of the Summer month’s in Perth can bring some of the highest energy costs of the year with the high demand for air-conditioning. Keeping your home comfortable can be expensive. Consider investing in some long-term cooling solutions that will continue to provide your home and family with benefits year after year.

  • Insulation – This is an essential way to keep your house cool in summer but also warm in winter, all Australian homes should invest in roof and wall insulation!
  • Colours – Opting for bright/light colours on your exterior walls and roof will help reflect the light rather than dark colours which absorb heat.
  • Windows – If you are building or renovating choose windows that let the air move freely into and out of the house rather than small ones.
  • Good Quality Air-Conditioning – look for a system that allows you to control different rooms/sections of the house separately as well as set a timer to help reduce overall useage and energy costs.
  • Window Roller Shutters  Most of the sun’s light and heat enters the home through the glass of your windows. Roller Shutters are the best option help to stop the heat getting into the house in the first place. They are injected with an insulating material that is able to block the transfer of heat by up to 90%!! This also has the added benefit of saving you 30-40% on your air-conditioning bills. With their ability to block out even the brightest morning sun, up to 50% of outside noise, complete window security as well as increasing the overall value of your property, OzShut Roller Shutters are a smart investment for any home.

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Sleep better during the day

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How to improve daytime sleep when working nights.

How does shift work affect sleep?

Generally, the body is programmed to sleep best overnight and to be most alert during the day. Shift work isn’t easy because it involves working against your body’s natural rhythm. You need to be active and alert at night when your body is designed to sleep — and need to sleep in the day when you’re wired to be awake.

Working at night or irregular shifts can keep you from getting the regular sleep time that most daytime workers take for granted.Research has found that shift workers have 1-2 hours less sleep on average per 24 hours than non-shift workers.’

Memory and ability to focus can become impaired. People who are sleep-deprived often get irritable or depressed. Their relationships and social life can suffer too.

Shift workers also face potential health problems. Overall, those who work night or rotating shifts seem to have a higher risk of ulcers, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease.

Lack of sleep is an occupational hazard

Fatigue is recognised as a workplace health and safety risk. Being fatigued impairs you as if you were drunk or on sedative drugs. In fact, studies show that 17 hours without sleep impairs your driving in the same way as having a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent.

In addition to this, fatigue worsens your hand-eye coordination and makes it harder for you to communicate. Your brain does not process information or solve problems as well as it should. You also tend to take more risks. This means that your chance of making errors goes up. In turn this can be a danger to the health and safety of you and those around you. To make things worse, as you become sleepier, you are less aware of your reduced performance.

Shift workers are at especially high risk of the dangers of fatigue. They often need to work at a time when their body clock says they should be asleep.  

Shift workers often complain of being tired, both on and off the job. It may be harder to concentrate and be alert while at work. This means there is more danger of accidents at work and on the road driving to and from work. Research has shown that shift workers are six times more likely to be in a fatigue-related road accident than other workers.

Tips for better day time sleep

How window Roller Shutters WILL help create the perfect sleeping environment !

Light Control

This is often the biggest challenge for a shift worker who is trying to fall asleep while the sun is up! Even if your eyes are closed, light can be detected through your eyelids telling your brain that it’s day time. Roller Shutters give you 100% control over the amount of light let into your bedroom. When fully closed they are capable of blocking out even the brightest direct sunlight on a window.

Noise Reduction

Outside noise can be another big problem for those trying to sleep during the day time. From the general neighbourhood sounds of traffic, barking dogs or lawnmowers to a sudden ambulance or blaring music. Even if you manage to fall asleep easily, as your body transitions through different stages of sleep, unexpected noise may wake you during shallower cycles. The slats of a Roller Shutter are all injected with Polyurethane. This insulating material will block outside noise by up to 50%!

Temperature

Your body temperature naturally drops as you drift into sleep, so cooling down your bedroom can jump start the process and make it easier to doze off. If your bedroom window faces directly into the sun, chances are your room becomes uncomfortably hot at times, making it almost impossible to get comfortable enough to fall asleep and stay asleep. OzShut Roller Shutters are designed to prevent the transfer of heat by up to 90%! This also means you do not need to use your air-conditioning as much and will save 30-40% on the running costs.

Security

Especially if you are home alone during the day when you need to sleep, having Roller Shutters on your windows will give you great piece of mind and allow you to relax, knowing you are safe from unwanted intruders. Similarly Roller Shutters will provide the necessary safety for your family while you are working night shift or away for an extended time. Read more about the security features of OzShut Roller Shutters.

What our customers have to say

We installed our Roller Shutters as we both work shift work and often are required to sleep during the day. We love that our OzShut Roller Shutters turn day to night at the click of a switch. Additionally, the noise reduction makes an enormous difference when sleeping during the day. We would highly recommend your product”  Paul Konowalow

They block out so much heat and light which is perfect for my shift working husband trying to sleep during the day.”  Letecia Davis

The Roller Shutters make the house quieter with road traffic. And I love how they make the room really dark during the day as well as cooler.”  Tess and Phillip Waller

The Roller Shutters have made me feel so much safer when my partner is on night shift and he loves having a dark, quiet room when sleeping during the day. Thanks Ozshut for such a great deal and for hooking us up with some good quality and affordable Roller Shutters! ”  Courtney Gooden, Byford

“My husband worked night shifts but was unable to get any sleep due to constant noise from vehicles, dogs barking and people mowing their lawns. Once the roller shutters were installed my husband stopped complaining because he was able to get his required sleep during the day.” Mrs. Yvonne Archer

Read more on our Customer Reviews page. 

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OzShut Roller Shutters can be a great addition to any bedroom window but are especially useful to those that need to sleep when the rest of the world is awake! 

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Home Burglary – Are you at risk?

Home Burglary - Are you at risk?

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Don't make your home an easy target for a break-in by making these common home security mistakes!

A home burglary can be a terrifying experience. It can destroy your sense of safety within your own home and leave you feeling violated. Worse still, if you are home during a robbery the lives of you and your family could be at risk!

Unfortunately, with Perth’s ever increasing population, an ongoing drug epidemic and a tough economy home burglaries and invasions are a very real threat.

By becoming more aware and avoiding these all too common home security mistakes you can reduce the chances of your home being targeted. 

Leaving a door or window unlocked

This one seems obvious but many home break-ins occur because the homeowner has simply made it too easy for the burglar by forgetting to lock doors or windows. Often burglars are opportunistic and will go from house to house looking for quick and easy access.

Hiding a key outside

Especially under the front door mat! Any intruder knows there’s a good chance a key may be hidden by the front door. So if you do need to leave a key outside make sure it is well concealed and not hidden in obvious places like under the mat, plant pots, rocks or ornaments. Better still give a spare key to a trusted neighbour.

Leaving a ladder or tools outside

Be careful not to leave a ladder outside where a burglar can use it to gain access to upstairs windows or your roof. Similarly do not leave tools that can be used to force entry into your home lying around within easy reach.  Always make sure they are kept away inside a locked shed or garage.

Relying on a barking dog

It is common to see a ‘Beware of Dog’ sign on a garden fence or wall and although this may serve as a warning, today’s desperate thief is not deterred by the knowledge or barking of a dog on your property. If they want to gain access to your home they will find a way past them which may unfortunately result in injury to your pet.

Announcing you are not home on social media

All too common this day and age is to publicise your movements on social networking such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Whether a status update stating exactly where you are going and when, or posts and photos showing that you are on holiday or currently away for an extended time. You can never be completely sure who may have seen the information you provide on a social media platform.

Forgetting to turn on your security system

If you have a working alarm, use it! Don’t get into the bad habit of forgetting (or not bothering) to arm it before you leave the house. If your home becomes the next target for thieves you will wish you had taken your security more seriously.

Putting valuables near a window

NEVER leave money, jewellery, laptops or other items of value within view and easy reach of windows. A burglar is usually looking for items that are easy to access and easy to carry so they can be in and out of your home as fast as possible.

Providing hiding places in your garden

Large plants and bushes, although they may look nice, offer a home burglar a place to hide on your property. This buys them time and possibly gives them the privacy to break-in through a concealed door or window.

Forgetting to stop the mail or have someone collect it

While you are away, a sure sign that your home is unoccupied is a build up of mail in the mailbox. Don’t forget to organise for a friend or family member to collect it for you regularly.

Leaving no lights on while you are away

Sometimes thieves will watch the houses in a street over a few days to work out which ones are easy targets for a home burglary. If your house remains in darkness for a number of days and nights it’s a sure sign that you are away. A good idea is to set up some timers for your lights/lamps to come on and off during the evening and give the illusion that someone is home.

Not having enough outdoor lighting

A house with many dark unlit places to hide is very appealing to a burglar. It gives them privacy during their break-in attempt and time to scope out your property unseen. Consider installing motion sensor outdoor lights around your property.

Poor quality or fake security

A fake alarm box or cameras might be effective at a first glance but after closer inspection an experienced thief will very likely be able to tell the difference. Installing cheap, low quality locks means doors and windows are able to be broken or forced open easily.

Don’t rely on just one type of security!

As much as all of these tips are great to remember and put into place, the BEST form of security is one that will STOP a thief from being able to gain access into your home!

Even if all doors and windows are well locked, the next most common entry point during a home burglary is through the smashed glass of an exposed window. This is often at the rear of the home where the intruder has more privacy. Sure an alarm system may then be triggered and even a monitoring company alerted. However thieves realise they still have a window of opportunity to grab easy to reach and carry items then flee the scene before anyone has responded to the alarm.

 

 

 

 

 

An OzShut Security Roller Shutter covers the entire window and completely prevents access to it while also having the flexibility to be opened to any level.  They are made from strong aluminium and feature an automatic locking mechanism when fully closed. You might choose to begin by having OzShut Roller Shutters installed to the front windows of your home to deter a burglar on the lookout for an easy target or prioritise the bedrooms for night time peace of mind. 

Learn more about all the practical uses of OzShut Roller Shutters on our Product Information page 

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A better sleep for your baby….and you!!

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Create the perfect environment to help your child sleep

Adequate sleep is important for health and well being at every age but getting babies and toddlers to sleep can sometimes be a very daunting task! Issues can arise at any age whether they are waking too often through the night, getting up too early in the mornings or having trouble napping during the day. Putting them to bed in an environment that minimises stimulation and encourages sleep can help your child to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

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OzShut on Channel 9

9 Lends a Hand

About the show…

OzShut Roller Shutters was proud to be a part of a recent television special on Perth’s Channel Nine called ‘9 Lends a Hand’.

Presented by TV celebrity Rob Palmer, former The Block contestant Luke, Perth radio host Lisa Fernandez and a surprise visit from The Block’s Ronnie and Georgia. OzShut along with other Perth businesses and volunteers from the community surprised the Kelmscott Junior Football Club with a makeover of their club rooms. Continue reading OzShut on Channel 9


Worst Perth suburbs for break-ins!

Are you on the list?

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Based on RAC home burglary insurance claims data for 2016, they compiled the list of the worst Perth suburbs for home break-ins.

“RAC Manager Home Claims, Glen Walker, said according to RAC insurance claims data for the year, Gosnells is up from fourth place in 2015 to number one, followed by Morley, Thornlie and Balga.Continue reading Worst Perth suburbs for break-ins!


New Premises – OzShut Grows Again!

New Premises!

To all our Valued Clients,

OzShut has now moved into its brand new premises. Brand New Head Office and Production Facility!

Our new address is 83 Truganina Road, Malaga WA 6090. Our phone numbers have NOT changed.

This new office build has been some 16 months in the making and we have all been working tirelessly to bring this to fruition.  Our new production facility is now fully stocked with a complete supply of quality Australian Made Roller Shutter components and profiles.

Look out for some photos of the new premises to come and check out our Facebook page also which we will endeavour to showcase to you why we are Perth’s No.1 company for Roller Shutters!

Feel free to drop in and say hello and check out the new office!