Jay Angler wrote:I am happy to give my opinions on this subject - I've been sewing my own curtains for 30 years! ...consider insulated "Roman shades"... Also, I attach the drapes to the board with velcro, with the fluff side on the drape, so taking them down to wash is easy to do. Likewise, they require a bar at the bottom for rigidity and weight, and I make a button hole for this to slide into the casing, so it can be slid out for laundering.
Amit Enventres wrote:
I worry about moisture with adding in water proof Windows too... But I think that's less likely if the window to the outside is well sealed. I haven't sealed in my plastic curtains, but have no moisture issue and I have heard others with the same results.
Anna Demb wrote:We built these for all the windows in our old Victorian house:
Interior Storm Windows
Easy to make, cheap (About $10-15 a window), and they add 2 layers of "glazing" and most importantly, close up drafty leaks. Then we close our regular curtains (which range from gauze to heavy velvet) at night.
Of all the weatherization stuff we did on our house, these gave us the most comfort. And you can see right through them like a normal window. We store them away in the summer and put them back on when it starts getting chilly in the fall. We've been using the ones we made for about 6 years now. The film is very thin, so it's easy to get a hole if you bump it into something sharp when moving it, but you can easily mend it with clear packing tape.
Amit Enventres wrote:Rebecca, your thought was my original thought, but then I did research and found that's not what the research says and indeed, that's not my experience either. Maybe it's because the warmed house air is dry or the temperature of the glass tends to lean towards warmer rather than colder (yes, I know they feel cold). Still, if it was the more air circulation than the more moisture than non-curtained windows would be wetter than curtained ones. I know when I cook a boiling pot of water, we get moisture, but that happens even in spring or fall. And the window I can expect some vapor on is an old single-pane.