Hot tips for Winter warmer window dressings
With utility bills rising steeply year on year, energy efficient window dressings are the perfect choice to help you make a saving. According to energy regulator Ofgem, the average yearly bill in the UK will be £1,582 a year by 2015 and £2,766 by 2018 and forecasters from uSwich.com have predicted that this cost could be as high as £4,185 by 2020.*
“It’s very unlikely that you’d throw a bundle of crisp five pound notes out of the window on a regular basis,” says Sarah Quilliam, head of product design at Hillarys, “but that is exactly what you could be doing if your window dressings aren’t energy efficient.
“A lot of heat can be lost through windows, especially in older properties with sash or period windows, but you can make a big difference by choosing the right covering.
“Here are some tricks of the trade to help keep your home warm and cosy and make the most of natural light during the chillier winter months.
One of the quickest and most affordable ways to insulate your home is to dress your windows with thermal curtains or roman blinds. Simple steps such as choosing a lining with thermal properties for roman blinds and curtains can also make a surprisingly big difference. The extra layer of fabric provides added insulation and gives the window dressing a luxurious padded look.
You may be wondering what thermal or interlined actually means? Curtains and roman blinds are generally made up from either two or three layers. A ‘normal’ lined curtain is made up from the face fabric – the one you’ve chosen for its colour or pattern – and a single back lining layer. This can be plain, thermal or blackout. A plain lining will give some protection from heat loss but will primarily help the curtains or roman blind to hang attractively. A thermal lining is a specially coated fabric that will provide increased insulation.
Three layer curtains are lined and interlined – this is an extra lining that is sandwiched in between the face fabric and the lining. It’ll make the curtains seem fuller, hang better and of course provide fabulous insulation.
All of the fabrics in Hillarys roman blinds collection can be interlined or you could opt for a beautiful made-to-measure curtain with a thermal lining, so there’s no need to compromise on style over substance.
Parts of your home that are going to benefit the most from thermal treatments are generally hallways, rooms with north facing windows, bedrooms and conservatories. Blinds, curtains and shutters are proven to help prevent heat escaping through any windows, resulting in a cosy home and lower bills.
Nice to pleat you
Honeycomb pleated blinds can reduce heat loss through single glazed windows by an incredible 51%. And with the average heating bill at over £600 a year, this equates to significant savings over a 12-month period.
Hillarys has recently launched ThermaShade™, a gorgeous collection of honeycomb pleated blinds that combine on-trend colours with the ability to keep rooms cool in summer and warm in winter.
Top tip for conservatories
Pleated blinds that are designed to fit into conservatory roofs will help keep in the warmth pretty much like wearing a hat – and roman blinds with a thermal lining at the sides combine to make an extremely energy efficient partnership.
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Hillarys Signature Service
Simplify the process of choosing blinds, curtains and shutters by booking an appointment with a consultant from Hillarys who can advise on style, fittings and proportions as well as colour and patterns. Our Signature Service includes measuring and installation too, perfect for those who can’t quite get the length of their curtains right, aren’t sure where to put the poles or don’t know their recess measurements from their cord tidies! There’s a massive choice of gorgeous fabrics and styles and we’ll bring our ‘shop’ to your home so you can mix and match with existing furnishings. Simply call us on 0800 916 6516 to arrange your Signature Service appointment.
* For context, bills have rocketed from £522 a year in 2004 to £1,353 a year today – an increase of £831 or 159% in under 10 years.