Can your curtains reduce your heating bill?
07 November 2012
Small steps provide big savings this winter
Windows provide daylight and ventilation but unfortunately, they also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill by letting heat out. There are a number of measures you can take to stop heat escaping from windows that won’t cost as much as installing brand new double-glazing energy efficient windows.
Firstly, invest in insulated thermal lined curtains to stop drafts coming through windows. Ready-made thermal curtains consist of two or three layers of thermal lining, interlining or blackout lining. Thermal lining is cotton coated lining that provides insulation, slightly different to blackout lining which prevents heat loss as well as blocking sunlight passing through the curtain during the day. However, bear in mind that sun light can help heat a room in the cold winter months. If you want an extra warm room, choose interlining as well as thermal lining or blackout lining. Interlining provides more heat insulation and the extra weight will make your curtains hang beautifully.
It’s also possible to purchase thermal curtain lining at add to your existing curtains. This can reduce your heat loss by as much as 25%. Harry Corry supply ready made blackout lining and polycotton lining, both of which are very easy to hang.
Cold air can also enter the house through gaps in the front door. Exterior doors account for 11% of the overall heat loss in a typical home. To combat this, Harry Corry supplies a range of blackout door curtains in a selection of colours. All door curtains from Harry Corry Interiors are made with high quality blackout lining. There is no need for extra lining to stop drafts and keep out the draft.
Other top tips for reducing you heating bill include opening the blinds and curtains in your south facing windows during the day to capture sunlight. This can help to naturally raise the room temperature. At night, close you curtains at dusk and tuck them behind radiators, this will reduce heat escaping through the windows.