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Heating and cooling costs just keep going up, and it’s incredibly expensive to maintain your home at a comfortable temperature.

Most energy efficient ideas sound great in theory, but most of us can’t afford to pull out all of our windows and replace them with more efficient models or replace our electrical appliances with Energy Star models.

When these things are due to be replaced, it’s a good idea to consider those options, but what about in the meantime?

Windows are one of your prime heating loss locations. Rather than replacing the panes, you can help to minimize heat loss by installing insulated drapes.

Is there anything that you can do to lower your heating costs without making major replacements or home improvements? There is; read on to learn more.

Embroidered silk drapes with linings give this room decor a very stylish window treatment.

How Insulated and Lined Drapes Work

Insulated curtains and drapes are made from fabric that is insulated, treated, and/or lined to make it less heat permeable and sometimes even resistant to UV light. By closing them and completely covering the window, you can block out drafts and reduce heat loss through the glass.

The level of insulation that you’ll get is determined by the R-value of your lined curtain. If you’ve done work on your home before, you’ll probably remember the term: an item’s R-value shows how much it resists heat flow. R-value is determined by the basic characteristics of the material being used, its thickness, and its density.

Generally, an untreated, single pane window has an R-value of around R1, assuming that it’s properly installed. An insulated curtain will add its R-value to the value of your window when the curtain is closed.

You can find recommended R-values for insulation depending on where you live, but you’ll have a tough time finding them for windows.

Just use common sense: if you live in a region where insulation R-values are high, you’ll also want to make sure that your window R-values are high. You can even layer window treatments to increase the R-value without sacrificing style.

And if you live in a region particularly known for its bitter winters, or if you just can’t afford to replace those old drafty windows even though you can feel the air flow from across the room, consider layering some insulated drapes with an insulated shade that attaches all around the window to reduce gaps. This will result in a definite decrease in your heating bills. Or consider attaching your drapes to the wall using hook and loop tape to reduce gaps.

Choosing Insulated and Lined Drapes

You can choose to go with insulated drapes, which are made with fabric which is treated to retain heat, or lined drapes, which rely on layers of fabric or foam to trap air and provide comfort. You can go with either depending on your desired R-value and look. Or, if you’re absolutely in love with your existing window treatments, consider adding a lining.

If you use an insulated fabric, you can more than double the R-value of your drapes. You can sew a lining on, or select one of the options that fuses to your existing treatment. All you need to do is cut it properly and iron it on.

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