Decorating a home typically involves choosing the coverings for the windows. The options available for windows come in a variety of styles, including curtains. Coordinating these with the decor of a room can provide an attractive look, although hanging curtains can also provide a number of other advantages.
Sound deadening typically involves the use of softer fabrics to absorb noise in a room, which stops sound from reflecting around harder surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings. The fabrics used in the manufacturing of curtains can act to absorb noise to reduce the reflection and echo of noise around a room. Curtains help to deaden sound, lower the noise level and can make a room more peaceful. Curtains can also have soundproof qualities and reduce the level of noise entering a room through a window. Using curtains can therefore have the advantage of providing a room with a more tranquil environment.
Windows without coverings typically enable greater transfer of heat between the interior and exterior of a home through the glass of the window, which can result in heat gain in the summer, making a room hotter and causing heat loss in the winter, resulting in a colder room. Curtains can reduce this transfer of heat by creating a barrier between a window and the room interior, which provides a degree of insulation, making a room cooler during the summer months and warmer in the winter.
Energy Cost Savings
Typically a home will require some form of heating in the winter and cooling in the summer to maintain a comfortable temperature. The power required to run heating or cooling systems results in a energy cost that a homeowner must budget for. As curtains can effectively insulate against heat loss or gain through windows, using them can put less reliance on heating and cooling systems to provide a comfortable room temperature, which can result in energy savings that typically equate to lower utility bills and cost savings.
The windows of a home can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and curtains have the advantage that they can typically fit any of these. A curtain rail can usually bend to the shape of most windows, including more decorative styles, such as bay or arched windows, which enables the curtains to better fit the shape of the window and provide a neater, more attractive finished look.
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