Thermal Drapes and Curtains for Your Home
Save Energy with Thermo Drapes
With the high cost of energy
to heat and cool the home any suggestion that will
reduce usage is welcomed. After all the wall and
ceiling insulation issues have been dealt with
there is still more that can be done. Installing
thermo drapes will cut down on heat lost through
the windows or heat gain during the cooling period.
Thermo drapes and curtains can save you money.
Thermal draperies are made of
heavy fabric panels to trap heat. They share many
of the same properties as black out curtains but
thermal drapes are heavier because they have a
heavy liner. Thermal drapes trap heat to keep a
room cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
also effective for reducing noise from outside.
Thermal drapes form a pocket
of air between the window and the living space. A
single pane window has an insulation value of about
R-1. Double pane windows increase it to R-2 or R-3.
Heavy drapery can add an insulation R-value of up
to R-7. That means it can be a much better
investment to replace your drapes than to replace
your windows when it comes to heating and cooling
Thermal drapes are basically a
curtain that has a liner. You don't have to replace
your curtains to have a thermal drape. All you have
to do is just add a liner to your existing curtains
and you will have a thermo curtain. However,
curtains with added liners may not be as effective
as a regular thermal curtain because they may leave
air gaps for warm air to leak through.
During cold winter weather
conventional draperies can reduce heat loss by up
to only 10%. Thermo drapes can reduce the heat lost
up to as much as 30%. To maximize the benefit of
thermal drapes insulating abilities close the
drapes tightly at night.
For the best results drapes
should be hung as close to window glass as
possible. They should also make contact on a
windowsill or the floor. The fewer gaps between the
window and draperies the better will be the
insulation. For maximum effectiveness install a
cornice or valance over the top of the drapes or
use drapes that extend to the ceiling. In addition,
seal the drapes at both sides and overlap them in
the center. Use Velcro or magnetic tape strips to
attach drapes to the walls and floor. Overlapping
two drapes that are hung together instead of just
one will create an even tighter air space.
Replacing standard curtains
with thermal drapes and curtains for your home will
lower your energy cost, keep your home more
comfortable and save you money. It is an easy
project for the DIY homeowner.
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