Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are living in an OLD house with the original windows and want to reduce drafts and our electricity bill this winter. We got those plastic sheets to put over the windows, but do you think it’s also worth it to get thermal curtains/drapes? I know they’re expensive but I was going to sew them myself, so it would be a little cheaper. We’ll be here for two years. Is it worth the expense? I’d appreciate any advice/stories you have!
Post # 3
I totally meant to post this in the “nesting section, but it didn’t work! If anyone knows how to move it that would be great! Sorry!
Post # 4
i’ve heard bout quilted curtains….never tried it b4…
Post # 5
If you’re still getting a draft with the plastic covering I would suggest taking the trim off (if it’s simple millwork), getting some expansion foam and slowly (in layers -let that nasty sticky stuff expand and dry before adding more) filling the gap between the window frame & drywall/lathe & plaster/what have you. I think a can of expansion foam is something like $6.
When that’s done put the trim back on & re-plastic your windows, then think about foam backed drapes.
We’re living in a 75+year home and our windows are friggin drafty (somedays I SWEAR a window is actually open), and we tried plastics & drapes, but the draft was still noticeable, what we found was that the air was sneaking in around the windows& frame. A can of expansion foam later & everything was good.
Not sure if this applies to your situation, but a quick way to find the draft is to graba lighter and hold the flame near your windows, if the flame is drawn (looks like it’s getting sucked toward something) or blown out entirely you’ve found your draft.