Save Energy with Insulated Drapes and Curtains!
In these tough economic times, we’re all looking for ways to tighten our budgets and save a little money. At home, one of the most effective ways to cut your energy costs is also one of the least expensive: insulated curtains.
Insulated curtains keep drafts out and cut down on heat exchange — the process by which heated or cooled air leaves your home and warm or cold air comes in. This is the number one cause of energy loss in most homes. By reducing heat exchange, insulated curtains help keep the temperature inside your home constant without taxing your heating and air conditioning system. You’ll save on electricity usage and monthly utility costs.
There are various types of insulated curtains, each with a different degree of protection against warm or cool air loss. However, most include several layers meant to help regulate your home’s temperature. There’s an outer decorative layer to match the décor in your room, an inner lining, a layer of high-density foam that blocks sound and heat exchange, a reflective vapor barrier that prevents moisture build-up, and another reflective layer that holds air in the room. Many insulated curtains also have a magnetic strip sewn into the edge seams that help form a tighter seal around the window, adding another layer of protection against heat exchange.
There are many benefits to using insulated curtains.
In warm weather, keeping insulated curtains closed during the day blocks the sun’s heat. You’ll use less air conditioning because you’ll be letting less heat into the house. In winter, keeping the curtains open during the day will let in heat from the sun. Closing curtains at night traps that heat in your home, and you’ll be able to turn the thermostat down and use less heating. Both of these methods reduce the strain on your home’s heating and air conditioning system, saving significant energy and money.
Another benefit of insulated curtains is that they provide superior soundproofing for your home. Outside noises stay out, and inside noises stay in. Though they probably won’t prevent the neighbor’s blasting stereo noise from entering your home, for annoying ambient sounds like lawn mowers, barking dogs and loud passing vehicles they do make a great addition. You’ll find insulated curtains especially useful in bedrooms or kids’ rooms where a little extra quiet tends to come in very handy.
Insulated curtains come in a variety of patterns, fabrics, colors, thicknesses, and durability. They can be easily purchased at most home goods, discount or department stores or from online specialty shops. With so many options it’s easy to find a style that’s sure to suit your taste and room décor. Most can be hung from any standard curtain rod, though heavier curtains may call for a sturdier hanging device. Taking care of insulated curtains is no more difficult than caring for regular window treatments. Regular light vacuuming will keep them free of dust and looking like new. Tough stains wear may require occasional dry cleaning.
For significant energy savings without the substantial investment of replacing or upgrading your home’s heating and air conditioning system, give insulated curtains a try. You’ll have it made in the shade!