Lorrie on insulating curtains

March 09, 2015

Lorrie on insulating curtains

We’re starting to lose the light in the mornings already and I just know our heatwave must end soon. That can only mean one thing – Winter is going to start sneaking in. One really good way to deal with the drop in night time temperatures in your home is to have good, insulating curtains to block out the cold air. To confirm the thermal properties of your curtains check to see:

  • Do they have a separate lining to trap a layer of insulating air?

  • Is there light coming through the curtains? If light goes through so does heat.

  • Do they reach the floor where possible to limit air flow?

  • Do they cover the windows fully, and extend beyond the frames to reduce draughts?

  • Is there a pelmet to stop the cold air rising up behind the curtains and into the room?

Some easy solutions to make your curtains more efficient are:

  • Attach detachable thermal lining to your existing curtains to create a good thermal barrier. Any decent fabric will work too, the important part is to trap a layer of insulating air.

  • If there aren’t built in pelmets put a board to fit between the curtain track and the wall. The board can be painted to match the curtain track.

  • If the curtains don’t fit in width, try pulling out a bit of the gathering (usually tied strings on the side of the curtain tape) to give some extra width.

Sustainability Trust can help with curtains and you can get a free home assessment that shows how to reduce heat loss through windows.





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