How To Use Your Window Blinds And Curtains To Keep Your Home's Interior Comfortable

Draperies and blinds installed in your new home can provide privacy and add a decorative accent to your home's interior furnishings. Draperies and blinds can also help keep your home's interior a more comfortable temperature, thereby reducing your utility bills. Here are some tips to help you install and use these window treatments.

Hang Curtains

When the temperature outside drops during winter, you can use the curtains for keeping your home's heat inside by closing them at night or when the sun is not shining directly into them. Because your home's windows can allow heat to pass through their glass, hanging curtains adds insulation to the window to prevent this from occurring. Then, during the day, open the curtains to let in any direct sunlight to help keep your home warm from the sun's solar heat gain.

Curtains that are made of a single layer of fabric can add insulation to your window to prevent your home's heat from escaping, but if you hang curtains that are lined with a woven or other thick type of fabric, it adds extra insulation. The two layers of fabric in the curtains trap air, which prevents heat from transferring as much. Plastic-lined curtains can also help increase your curtain's insulative properties.

It is helpful if your curtains hang all the way to the floor, as they work better this way to block heat from escaping through the window glass. If you have shorter curtains, try tucking them into the window sill and attaching them to the sides of the wall around the window using a strong adhesive tape to keep in your home's heat.

During summer, your curtains, especially curtains with light-colored lining will help keep your home's interior cooler. Close the curtains on any windows facing south and west to block out direct sunlight, as this can heat up your home from the solar heat gain.

Install Blinds

Blinds are a good window treatment option to give you privacy in your home and also to help keep your home cooler during the warm summer months. Because window blinds are made of individual slats, you can adjust them to be open slightly to allow some light in or closed fully to block the light. And you can also control the direction in which they allow light into your home.

During the summer, close window blinds against income sun on southern- and western-facing windows. If you need to allow some light to enter the room to see during the day, angle the blinds so they direct incoming light onto the ceiling, where it will diffuse into the room. This allows light into the room without allowing in direct sunlight that would heat your room with solar heat gain.