Thermal Window Coverings

Thermal window coverings can help you take better control of your utility bills. You can improve the insulating qualities of your windows without compromising your decorating style. There are several ways you can improve the thermal quality of your window coverings, and by knowing your needs and desired decorating style, you can better select the right thermal window covering for your home or office.

Do you live in an old, drafty house? There are many ways to help keep the drafts outside where they belong and to help decrease your heating and air conditioning bill. Many people do not put much thought into their window coverings as a method for heating your home, but window coverings can make a huge impact, especially if your windows allow the drafts of cold air to come in. Thermal window coverings are an answer to this age old problem.

Thermal window coverings is a broad term that can describe many different window covering choices. It is possible, though, that thermal window coverings can have a huge impact on the warmth of your home, winter or summer, and on your utility bills. If you can keep more heat in your home and the cool air out, your heating system does not have to work as hard so it will cost less to run it. The converse is true in the summer. What are some kinds of thermal window coverings that are available?

* Cellular shades
* Thermal lined curtains
* Thermal fabric curtains

Cellular shades, or honeycomb shades, are a very economical way of insulating your windows. They are easy to use, too, because they open and close like regular window shades, but are much thicker, which helps to insulate the windows from cold drafts or heat leaving your home. This thermal window covering is made of fabric with air cells between the fabric layers, which can come in different thicknesses to help you get the insulating affect that you need and desire. These air pockets can help by blocking up to 62% of the heat transfer through the windowpane. You can also get them with a special reflective surface on the outside-facing layer to improve the thermal qualities of the shades. One more benefit of cellular shades are they can also reduce the noise level coming into your home from the neighborhood and street.

Thermal lined curtains are another great way to keep the heat inside your home. These curtains, found at large home furnishing stores, window covering shops, and even discount stores, have a thermal liner which helps them to keep your home's temperature comfortable. They come in many different colors and fabrics, so you are sure to find the exact thermal curtains that will look great in your room and that will keep the heat inside your home where it belongs.

Thermal fabric curtains are another option if you are looking for thermal window coverings. They are usually placed between regular curtains and the window and are made of a reflective material to help keep the heat inside your home. They reflect the heat back into the room rather than allowing it to escape through the windowpane.

Whether you choose cellular shades, thermal lined curtains, or thermal fabric curtains in conjunction with your regular curtains, you are sure to see an improvement in the temperature of your home as well as your heating bill. This small outlay of expense can save you a large amount of money, so learn more about the different options, and decide which one is best for you and your home.