Heating your home during the winter is a necessity. But what if you were wasting money on your energy bill every year?
Americans on average spend almost 50 percent of their energy bill on space heating — and most pay more than they should.
During cold winter months, leaks in your windows, doorways and foundation let heat escape and cold air enter. Not only does it leave you freezing cold, but air leaks also waste hundreds of dollars each year.
In fact, drafts account for 10-20 percent of your space heating bill — around $200-$400 yearly — according to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
By reducing air leaks and winterizing your home, you can save money and keep your home warm. (It’s a win-win for your budget and your freezing toes.)
Today, we’re going through our favorite ways to winterize your home with curtains. Plus, we’ll share a few additional tips on how to bulk up your windows for the cold months ahead.
3 Ways to Winterize Your Home With Curtains
Curtains are an easy, cost-efficient way to insulate your home during the freezing winter months. Here’s how to get started.
Conduct a Home Energy Audit
First, you need to identify the areas where your house isn’t energy-efficient.
Air leaks around windows, ceilings, floors, doors and fireplaces work against your heating system by letting heat escape.
A professional home energy audit is the ideal way to get a comprehensive assessment of your home’s energy efficiency. But you can also conduct a home energy audit yourself.
To start, walk around your house. Carefully examine your walls and crevices. Look for gaps or cracks along windows and doors, baseboards, the edge of floorboards and junctures where the wall and ceiling meet.
Look at windows and doors. See if you can rattle them — any movement means there are likely air leaks.
Hang Thermal or Blackout Curtains
Once you’ve identified where the drafts are in your house, it’s time to winterize your windows to block them.
Thermal curtains are thick, heavy curtains that contain a layer of acrylic foam to provide additional insulation and prevent air from entering or escaping your window. In addition to blocking out light, thermal curtains also dampen sounds and can reduce your energy bills.
Blackout curtains are typically tightly woven fabrics designed to block out sunlight. They have a thin liner sewn on the inside to block light but aren’t as effective at sealing drafts as thermal curtains.
If you don’t want to purchase thermal curtains for your entire house, concentrate on the rooms where you spend the most time or windows that are particularly drafty.
Layer Your Curtains
Drapery and blackout curtains can get expensive, especially if you need them for your entire house. If you don’t want to spend the money on curtains you’ll only use for one or two seasons a year, you can layer your curtains.
Use a double curtain rod bracket to hang two layers of curtains against your windows. The double layer will provide additional protection against cold drafts.
Additional Ways to Prep Your Windows for Winter
There are a few other ways to protect your windows and stay warm through the winter:
- Try a window insulation kit: Available at your local hardware store, these do-it-yourself kits come with window insulation film to seal off your windows during the winter. They’re effective but render your windows immobile — you won’t be able to open the window until you peel off the plastic wrap.
- Caulk and weather strip windows: If thermal or blackout curtains aren’t enough to block air drafts, you can also caulk or weather strip your windows for an additional layer of protection. If you caulk the outside, make sure to use an exterior-grade caulk.
- Install storm windows: Storm windows retrofit onto your existing windows. They help reduce air movement and heating and cooling costs. One of the more expensive options, storm windows can also protect your main windows from exposure to light, wind and dust.
Winterize Your Curtains With Kwik-Hang Curtain Rod Brackets
Whether you’re looking to winterize your home with thermal curtains or want to freshen up a room, Kwik-Hang’s curtain rod brackets make hanging and updating curtains a breeze.
And with a revolutionary design that can hold up to 20 lbs., Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets can weather any season — from your heaviest thermal drapes to sheer summer curtains.