There are many ways to reduce one’s heating costs. One could replace an inefficient furnace or boiler for a more efficient one, replace inefficient windows, or install a wood burning stove or a pellet stove. While these improvements may pay for themselves over time, the initial investment may be out of reach. Therefore, homeowners may want to consider less expensive improvements to save on their energy costs with something as simple as curtains.
Thermal or insulated curtains are a relatively low cost solution to making a home more energy-efficient. They can reduce your heat loss by as much as 50%, depending on the type of windows you have in your home.
Insulated curtains are heavy-duty curtains that help keep warm air in and cold air out, while doing the opposite during warmer months. I have benefitted from this low cost energy saving technique in my own home. I even open my curtains during the day during the colder months to allow the sun to help heat my home.
Curtains come in many different sizes to suit your needs. It is important to budget for the curtains and the curtain rods. Curtains usually come in sets of two panels. You may find that you can save money by using a pair of panels on two separate windows. You can also save money by investing in curtains in the rooms you occupy the most.
Some insulated curtains come with magnetic sides to make them more efficient.
If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the Pioneer Valley, make your first call to Michael Seward at 413-531-7129. Michael Seward is a Certified Residential Specialist, a Certified Buyers Agent, a Certified Loss Mitigation Specialist, a Certified New Homes Specialist, and Green designee of the National Association of REALTORS®.