Did you know your Curtains could be saving you money year round? Not just an attractive way to improve the atmosphere of your home, window treatments could save you money on the warmest and coldest days of the year.
Are you using Curtains in the most energy efficient way?
The right curtain
Selecting the correct style of Curtain and method of hanging is essential. Energy-efficient Curtains often have a core of dense material designed to insulate. You can buy Curtains that have an energy-saving coated lining which has been coated onto the back of the fabric or buy lining fabric that is attached behind your Drapes.
To save the most on energy, Curtains must be mounted as close to the walls as possible. Reducing the amount of air between the window and Curtain helps prevent air from escaping from around the edges.
Reduce the draft
If your windows are old or lack a proper seal, temperature fluctuations can be a problem. Even moderate climates can see a loss of heat with drafty windows.
Heavy, thick or insulated Curtains can help reduce heat loss by 15-17% when drawn closed at night. Energy-efficient Curtains create a draft barrier and prevent temperature transference from the cold of the window glass.
Choose the correct time of day
When the sun is out open Curtains to allow natural heat to penetrate your windows. Solar energy can be a powerful heater, but leaving the Curtains closed can prevent that heat from getting through.
To maintain privacy in your home while still receiving the heating benefits of the sun, consider hanging a sheer behind the Curtain. Pulling back the heavy protective Drapery while leaving a Sheer Curtain will maintain privacy without compromising sunshine. Known as Double Curtains, they have two layers of fabric which doubles the insulation benefits.