SF Good Questions: Window Treatments to Keep the Cold Out and the Warm In?

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Hi Apartment Therapy.

I moved into my apartment over the summer, and the place would heat up nicely throughout the day so that when I came home from work it was cozy and warm, just from the heat provided by the sun. However, winter is approaching, and I'm noticing that my Berkeley apartment, while still cozy, is far from warm.

My apt. has hardwood floors, and I'm still hunting for some rugs (to absorb some heat and also tie the rooms together), but other than that, I'm trying to think of solutions. I have a wall/space heater, but it's quite old and I'm a little afraid to use it...
I rent (and I don't have much money), so I can't replace the old windows (I'm sure they are the main reason for the cold), but is there a certain kind of window treatment or anything I can do to help the cold stay out and the warm stay in?

Help!

Kim

Kim,

We've lived in a couple of different rentals with funky heaters, and several times we've asked PG&E to check the heaters to let us know that they're safe to use. We'd definitely recommend that.

Several retailers we can think of sell insulated curtains:

  • Bed Bath Store
  • Country Curtains
  • Plow & Hearth

    Country Curtains also sells liners.

    But, to be honest, they're not the most attractive curtains in the world. We think that the trick to keeping cold out is layers.

    Check out these posts on AT:Chicago -- where they really know what cold is:

  • 5 Way to Insulate Your Windows for Winter
  • How To: Stay Warm at Home Without Much Heat

    Anyone else?

    Image: Insulated Tailored Lining-Country Curtains

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