If you are like most of us in the southern states then the cold snap has certainly brought a chill to the home. Great news for those skiers out there, but for the rest of us trying to keep the house warm... it is not much fun. Not to mention the energy bills coming our way in the months to follow.
Here are a few tips to keep your home warm and toasty this winter
- Get yourself some Thermal Insulated Curtains. These are a great way to keep the warmth in your home and stop a fair proportion of the heat transferring outdoors through the glass. The type you want to look for are the curtains that have the coated foam backing. This type of curtain has great insulating properties. And a great bonus with these is the foam coating is white which looks great from the street and also reflects the sun during summer. The downside is they are a bit tricky to wash. You can only wash one at a time, and when you dry them you will need to hang them so that the coated foam surface does not touch otherwise the coating can stick together.
ASPEN EYELET CURTAINS are a great example of the foam coated type and they come in 4 widths and have a generous 225cm drop so you can hang them above your window. These curtains are also available in 4 fabulous colours in our online store. You can find a great selection of ready to hang eyelet thermal curtains here > insulated curtains
- There is another type of insulated curtain available, and this one is called a woven (or triple weave) thermal curtain. This type has no foam backing. Rather, it is made from a specialty triple weave that makes the fabric quite thick. They hang beautifully and are easy to wash. The down side is the reverse is more often than not the same colour as the front which may or may not bother you when you look at the house from the street. The darker colours also absorb the heat rather than reflect it during summer. They are still very good at keeping your home warm during the winter's chilly months. Our suggestion for the rolls royce of thermal custom made curtains would be PORTSEA
- If you can afford to, try not to skimp on the size. Best to try and hang your curtains a good 15cm past the window on each side and 10 -15cm above the window at the top if you can. Lots of cold air creeps in around the sides of the window so the wider the better.
- If you are selecting the eyelet ring top type of curtain make sure that you buy them wide enough so there are a lot of folds in the curtain. The more fabric the better. I know it is tempting to go for the smallest size as they are cheaper, but for little bit more money you will get a much better result. The money you spend on larger curtains may even be returned in your energy savings. I would suggest you get double the width of your window. That means if your window is 180cm wide then you need at least 360cm wide of fabric i.e two 180cm wide curtains or around this width. As a rule of thumb double your width. If you can find some affordable narrow curtains, you can hang multiple curtains on one window. For example, you could hang 4 panels.
- If you have a section of the house that you don't use that often, then block it off during winter. The easiest way to do this is with a tension curtain pole. By this I mean the type that uses no screws. They slide in easily between two walls in a hallway. On this tension curtain rod, hang an eyelet type curtain to keep the heat down one end of the house. At the end of winter, take it down and store it for next year.