4:32 PM 10/28/2011
So in the winter and fall the cold seeps in very easily through my windows. The current curtains I have are pretty thin. Does anyone have experience with insulating curtains such as the ones on amazon, that claim to keep out the heat of the sun in the summer and cold in the winter? I am considering these for the winter because my apartment is always cold.
They do help.
7:21 PM 10/28/2011 | 0 Votes
If you have baseboard heating below the window, don't let them cover it.
7:22 PM 10/28/2011 | 0 Votes
They help - but don't expect the same difference as if you had new, insulated windows in insulated frames.
If you have any ctual draft - these are useless... plug the cracks allowing the draft, first. if it's merely a single pane window allowing in the cold - these will help a bit - but the net effect will only be a few degrees at best.
7:42 PM 10/28/2011 | 0 Votes
Even our medium-weight roman shades seem to noticeably help, but I would do as goatcrapp suggested and try to plug some of the holes. There are lots of weatherproofing options at the hardware store or Lowes.
8:05 PM 10/28/2011 | 0 Votes
Just my two cents: good, heavy-duty curtains (whether or not they are specifically labeled "insulating" definitely do a lot to keep heat in. As DIBS points out, don't let them cover the baseboards: I often roll them up to the windowsill. Another related quick fix on insulation are those "snakes" that you can place at the bottom of the window to block cold air. (Rolling up the curtain properly and making sure it covers the window end to end has a similar effect).
8:29 AM 10/31/2011 | 0 Votes
I think I've done my best to plug up the holes (from the outside anyway). I think the problem is my living room and bedroom has floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows. The cold just easily seeps in through the glass. Maybe I'll stop by Ikea to see what options they have. thanks
1:58 PM 10/31/2011 | 0 Votes
They really do.
2:02 PM 10/31/2011 | 0 Votes
if you have no heating below a window then the thermal curtain is the last resort and as stated do not cover baseboard with a long drape...the cold pulls on anything that has a higher temp even if a room is 68F it gets pulled on the lower outside temps
2:29 PM 03/10/2012 | 0 Votes
I agree with pheights_lady any heavy duty drapes will do the trick. What you need to pay attention to is the shadpe of the window and where the curtains would be installed. In order for the curtains to do a good job insulating the room they would need to create a barrier or a kind of an air pocket between the inside of the room and the outside part close to the window. As you can see in the image above the curains are installed overlapping the walls and above the top part of the window. This way they help eliminate draft and create that pocket I mentioned. Aslo the curtains should be installed as clsoe as possible to the wall/window. A rod as shown in the image above will push the curtain away from the wall a bit and create holes on each side that will let cold air in and heat go out. A curtain track to the ceiling will do a better job keeping the curtain close to the wall.
And the last part is the lining, heavy blackout lining or interlining will do a better job than simple translucent lining. They act like a heavy sweater in a cold day rather than just a long sleav shirt.
1:42 AM 05/14/2012 | 0 Votes