Thursday, December 8, 2011

Top 2 ideas on insulation for windows in winter!

Why insulation for windows in winter? So your family enjoyment can stay high and your heat bills low!

Anything is better than nothing but if you're tired of the sheet or Hudson's Bay blanket on your window and want some decorative ideas keep reading.

Yesterday I mentioned the guy with the overhead screen in front of his window to block the sun. I'm sure there are other creative ways to insulate windows in winter, maybe leaving your Christmas tree in front of the window could give some help to the cold air coming through your windows.

I know my list should be way longer than 2! The thing is I started on this topic of insulation for windows in winter and honestly wrote the first two. Then I found this article on Apartment Therapy and my top 2 are on their list.

So here are my top 2...

1. Lined, fully closing drapery. This is the one of the best insulators on a window. According to the University of Texas, for single glazed windows, adding drapes reduces heat loss by 37%, for double glazed windows by 30%, but adding insulated drapes to a single glazed window reduces heat loss by 56% or 48% for double glazed. They warn, however, that in really cold climates condensation can form on windows. This happens when the drapes are too close to the window and don't have any way for the air to get out. If your drapery rod doesn't go all the way to the ceiling and you don't have returns (that part that goes back to the wall) you should be just fine.

Lined Sheers

2. Duette Architella Hunter Douglas shades. Why do I consider this one of the best ideas on insulation for windows in winter? Architella shades have an extra layer of insulation inside the honeycomb. A honeycomb within a honeycomb. Up to 50% of heat can be lost through your windows in the winter months. If you've ever had one on a window, its like a blanket for your window. The only caution is the air not having anywhere to escape. The best thing to do is leave the shade up a tiny bit at the bottom (or the top if you have one of those up down blinds, aka top down) so the air can escape, otherwise you'll get condensation on your windows.

Architella Hunter Douglas
 Have a look at Apartment Therapy's list for their top 5!

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