Brrr… I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the chill of winter right now. What are the practical things you can do to conserve energy and keep the warmth in? Curtains are a great way to keep the cold drafts out and stylishly insulate your home.
First up though, check and make sure that your windows aren’t letting drafts in. Now’s a great time to repair windows and seal off drafts. Once you’ve done that you can start looking at curtains and/or blinds. Curtains and blinds are energy efficient and serve dual purposes; they keep the warmth in during the winter and the heat out during the summer, resulting in lower energy bills.
If your windows receive sunlight during the day, throw the curtains open. Any use of natural sunlight during cold weather will reduce the need to heat the house. Close the curtains as soon as the sun has set to keep all the heat from escaping through window.
Floor length curtains will slow the flow of either hot or cold air from entering or leaving the room. Either line curtains with insulating fabric or hang two layers of curtains over one window, creating a tighter air space than one single set of curtains. The curtain closest to the window absorbs the heat or cold. By following these steps, you can reduce your heat loss by up to 25%!
The girls in our stores can work with you to find the right window treatment for your home. They’ll help you decide on blinds and/or curtains and most importantly on the fabric.
Don’t leave it too long to get cracking on this, our workroom is geared up for production, but every year we get slammed when the really cold weather hits. Beat the rush for curtains and don’t end up at the end of the queue…
Thanks to Australian House & Garden for image.