Windows that bring warmth to the home

2015-07-30 06:00
Use curtains made of thick fabric to increase the insulation in your home.

PHOTO: supplied

Use curtains made of thick fabric to increase the insulation in your home. PHOTO: supplied

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IT’S that time of the year again when you need to look at ways to keep your home warm.

With winter chills blowing in, you want to make sure your home is snug, and with load shedding looming over our heads, winter has definitely been colder than usual.

There are many ways to use window treatments to increase the insulation in your home. Thin fabrics, nets or sheers might be just the thing for summer, but in winter you need fabrics that are thick enough to block out draughts.

Here’s how you may block out draughts:

• Use velcro tape to attach a backing to your curtains. This will allow you to add an extra layer of fabric to the back of thin curtains to help keep rooms warmer.

• Another temporary option for the colder months of the year is to use curtain clips to hang a thick insulation layer behind summery curtains.

• Use fabric blinds to add a layer of insulation.

• Use a thick layer or two of fabric hung above the window to keep a room comfortable and ensure heat doesn’t escape.

• Quick and easy, add hooks onto the back of summer curtains and hang an additional layer of fabric.

• Close off a draughty alcove or window seat during winter by fitting a curtain rod across the space and hanging thick drapes.

Too many homeowners worry about what window treatments work best for different windows, but simplicity is sometimes the best route to take. Keep window treatments simple and use colours that are already in the room to avoid overpowering the eye.

A simple curtain rail above a door or open doorways can easily be fitted with a curtain when the temperature drops, allowing you to insulate rooms within the home.

Hanging window treatment is one more way to introduce colour, pattern and texture into a room.

If your home doesn’t already have any form of insulation, or you find that rooms are cold in the winter months, adding extra fabric insulation to window treatments will cut down on how much you spend on heating a home and keeping you and your family cosy.

- Property24

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