There are many different ways to winterize your home windows just by utilizing window treatments. Some window treatments are better than others when it comes to keeping the winter out, but in most cases, something is better than nothing.
Regardless of what you use, winterize home windows before the fall to get the most benefits from them as soon as the cold, winter temperatures arrive.
Blinds come in many different shapes, sizes and levels of efficiency. The best blinds to install for your winterization are thick ones. These specific blinds will indicate on their package that they are “blackout” blinds or “energy-efficient” blinds.
The thicker blinds provide a better barrier at your window that does a better job at keeping the cold out and the heated, interior air inside. Thinner, cheap blinds don’t do as good of job at keeping the cold air outside where it belongs during the winter. But again, having the thin blinds on your windows provides at least a little bit of a barrier and is better than having nothing on your windows at all.
Blackout Curtains to Winterize Windows
Blackout curtains are a great choice to put up when you winterize your home windows. Just like with the blinds, curtains also come in differing levels of thickness. The blackout curtains are one of the thickest curtains you can use to create an energy-efficient barrier on your window. The thickness of the curtain prevents any cold air that may get through your windows from actually getting in to your home, creating a nice double barrier to keep your home warm in the winter.
Winterize Windows by Solar Curtains
Inexpensive solar curtains work more like a mirror than a barrier to help you winterize home windows. The metallic material reflects the heat back to the inside of your home, instead of allowing it to escape through the window in the winter.
The only downfall with solar curtains is that they aren’t very pretty to look at, and they also reflect the heat on a sunny day back out of the house, as well.
To resolve these two issues, when you install the solar curtain put them on their own rod. Then you will be able to at least keep your regular curtains up and use them to cover the solar curtain from the inside.
To allow the sun to naturally warm your home on a sunny day, you will have to be diligent in opening the solar curtain on these days. Otherwise, your quest to winterize home windows with this method will prevent you from taking advantage of a natural heat source in the winter.