If you have a west facing window then you no exactly how quickly a room heats up during these warm summer months. A quick and easy way to keep the westerly sun away is with some good quality Thermal Curtains. These are the ones with the white coating on the reverse. Try to get the ones with 3 layers of coating. These have a white layer then a black layer and then another white layer. These are the best for keeping the sun out and have really good thermal properties. They are a good insulator. They will work well for you during the summer keeping the sun out and equally as good during the colder months keeping the heat in.
The thermal or foam coating on the back slows or inhibits the penetration of heat transfer through the fabric.
Here are a few tips:
- Get the Eyelet type of curtains. The ones with the silver rings in the top. These are so flexible in that you can use as much fabric as you like in the width, the wave created at the top when threaded onto the pole/rod means they stack up nicely at the end of the rod when open. Meaning you can hang lots and lots of fabric.
- Hang your curtains as high up as possible. For example if your window is 210 cm high then get yourself some 230 or 250cm high curtains and hang the rod well above the window
- Hang your rod so it overlaps the window on each side by at least 15-20cm. This will slow the heat creeping through the edges.
- Try to hang as much fabric as possible. By this I mean if your window plus the 15-20cm overhang at each end is 220cm wide then hang at least double this in the width of your curtains. By this I mean curtains with a total width at least 440cm wide. This could be x 2 240cm wide panels or x 4 120cm wide panels (two panels on each side) etc.
- If you can afford to get more than double the width then do so. Go as wide as 3 times. The wider the better. The more fabric the more insulation. hang 6 panels if you need too.
A great affordable way to sort out your west facing windows is to get yourself a good quality 8 panel bulk pack of eyelet top curtains. You can get these for about $20-25 per panel.
Well worth the expense. And a real bonus is the eyelet top curtains have a great modern look, come in some great fabrics and colours and can be moved from room to room.
Here are few colours available in the Arizona Range of 3 layered foam backed Eyelet Curtains. You can buy these as a pack of 8 for $169 - $189.00 or as a single panel for $25.00 - $29.00