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Insulated Curtains and Their Benefits

Windows let good stuff like sunlight into our homes and bad stuff like odors out of our homes, but they also let bad stuff, like noise, in and good stuff, like heat or cool, air out. If you want to avoid this problem and can’t afford to spend a ton of money on soundproof, energy efficient windows, insulated curtains are a great choice for you. Insulated curtains are relatively inexpensive, practical and stylish – perfect for any room in your home.

Insulated curtains work to dampen outside noise and reduce energy loss from your home by utilizing several layers of materials to do each job. There is a lining that protects whatever decorative fabric you want to use as a window treatment; a high density foam fill to dampen noise and reduce energy loss; a reflective moisture vapor barrier; and a reflective mylar film to reflect heat into or out of your home, depending on the season.

This multi-layer base of the insulated curtain doesn’t sound very attractive, but most manufacturers offer to cover the insulation with decorative fabric and some even let you select whatever fabric you want. The curtains can be manufactured to open up like Roman shades or to pull apart like drapery. Either way, your insulated curtains are warm on the inside and pretty on the outside.

Since insulated curtains are just as much about function as they are about beauty, it is good to know that they stack up well against insulated windows. Quality insulated curtains, when hung over a normal single pane window, have an R-rating (used by the federal government to indicate energy efficiency) that is as good or better than dual pane windows. Insulated curtains also deaden noise quite effectively, particularly since they absorb sound waves rather than vibrate and transmit them.

Insulated curtains require a little more maintenance than regular curtains, but nothing too difficult to handle. First, be sure to open them occasionally to prevent moisture build up behind the curtains and mildew growth on them. This is especially important if you live in a humid climate or one that gets heavy winter precipitation. To clean your insulated curtains, spray them with a spray-on upholstery cleaner and vacuum while hanging. If need be, insulated curtains can be dry cleaned but make sure the cleaning process is non-immersive.

There is one tip that will help you get better energy efficiency out of your insulated curtains. During the winter, leave your curtains open during the day so that warmth from the sun can come in. At night, close the curtains and all that heat will be trapped by your curtains so you can set your thermostat a little bit lower. In the summer, if you aren’t too concerned about noise or privacy, keep the insulated curtains open at night for the opposite effect.

Insulated curtains are a great option to enhance the energy efficiency of your home and reduce noise pollution inside it. They are an inexpensive alternative to insulated or noise reduction windows and they are more functional as they can also be worked into your home décor. If you haven’t considered insulated curtains for your home, it’s well worth thinking about.

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