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Thermal Curtains Buying Guide

One window treatment actually pays for itself. By preventing hot or cold air from entering or escaping through leaky windows, thermal curtains can save up to 25 percent on your heating or cooling bills. This form of passive energy efficiency costs less than buying new windows or turning up the heat or air-conditioning. What's more, thermal curtains are effective at blocking outside noise. 

Types of Thermal Curtains

Types of Thermal Curtains

Many window treatments help reduce drafts in winter and block sunshine in summer, but thermal curtains are designed to keep cold or heat where you want it. How they accomplish that depends on their construction. While blackout curtains' purpose is to reduce incoming light, thermal curtains' mission is to reduce energy lost through windows.

Multiple-Layer Thermal Curtains

On their own, insulating fabrics generally don't make attractive curtains, so they're attached to decorative curtain fabric to merge function and design. High-quality thermal curtains trap air between fabric layers -- a mylar vapor barrier or foam interliningOn their own, insulating fabrics generally don't make attractive curtains, so they're attached to decorative curtain fabric to merge function and design. High-quality thermal curtains trap air between fabric layers -- a mylar vapor barrier or foam interlining or backing plus mid- to heavyweight woven fabric. or backing plus mid- to heavyweight woven fabric.

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World Market

Why We Love It Our tab top Thermalogic® Navy Weathermate Curtains save energy by minimizing drafts through windows. The acrylic f...abric on the back is room-darkening, great for home theatres, and with thermal insulating properties, these curtains are designed to insulate and save energy year 'round. What You Need To Know Made of cotton and acrylic Set of 2 Available in additional colors, sold separately Product Specifications 80"W x 54"L; 80"W x 63"L; 80"W x 72"L; 80"W x 84"L; 80"W x 95"L; 160"W x 84"L read more

Arlee
$15.29-$36.99
at Casa

52 x 95 Tuscan Stripe Thermal Backed Pole Top Panel, Mocha Thermal backed curtains will do the best job of saving energy Great for... light or late sleepers Helps blocks noise as well as light 70-Percent Polyester, 30-percent cotton for easy care Machine wash gentle cycle, cold water and tumble dry with low heat Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. Weight: 1lb Weight: 2lb Weight: 1lb 52 x 84 Tuscan Stripe Thermal Backed Pole Top Panel, Sage Thermal backed curtains will do the best job of saving energy Great for light or late sleepers Helps blocks noise as well as light 70-Percent Polyester, 30-percent cotton for easy care Machine wash gentle cycle, cold water and tumble dry with low heat Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. Weight: 1lb Weight: 1lb read more

EFF
$84.49 $129.99
at Kohl's

This EFF Santos window panel complements countless home decor styles. In gray. Features 1 panel 50" x 120" Rod pocket/back tabs ...Thermal blackout design Blocks unwanted light Keeps heat in and cold out Soft and refined texture Abstract geometric pattern Construction and Care Polyester Dry clean Imported Attention: each panel is sold separately. Image displays two panels. Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

EFF
Sun Zero
$19.79 $32.99
at Kohl's

No need to sacrifice efficiency for elegance. Get the best of both worlds in this Sun Zero thermal curtain. Features 1 panel 40"... x 84" Metal grommets Thermal lining Blocks light/reduces noise Keeps heat and cold out Textured medallion pattern Construction and Care Polyester Machine wash Imported Attention: each panel is sold separately. Image displays two panels. Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Thermal Liners

Another option for thermal window treatments is an insulating liner. You can sew liners to the back of your existing curtains or hang them behind your regular curtains using a double curtain rod.

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Thermalogic
$14.99 $24.99
at Sears

? Face 80% Polyester, 20% cotton; Back 100% acrylic suede. ? Multi heading for grommets, pinch pleats, tab and tailored panel. ? 1.../2" side hems, 1/4" bottom hem. ? Washable. ? Fits 63" length. 45" x 56" read more

Thermalogic
$14.99 $24.99
at Sears

? Face 80% Polyester, 20% cotton; Back 100% acrylic suede. ? Multi heading for grommets, pinch pleats, tab and tailored panel. ? 1.../2" side hems, 1/4" bottom hem. ? Washable. ? Fits 84" length. 45" x 77" read more

Polder
$65.95 $69.90
at Crate & Barrel

Life meets style? at the intersection of form and function courtesy of the bright minds at Polder® Housewares. Sturdy yet lightwei...ght aluminum shopping cart rolls easy with front wheels that rotate a full 360 degrees for easy steering. Cart holds up to 30lbs. and folds flat with a simple lift motion for easy portability and storage. Insulated yellow liner features generous capacity, zipper closure and carrying handles. On the inside, aluminum lining with sponge padding keeps foods cold and protected. Liner affixes easily to cart with fabric tab fasteners.Polder® Folding Shopping Cart with Insulated Yellow Liner. Aluminum cart PVC wheels rotate 360 degrees Liner is non-woven polypropylene with aluminum and EPE sponge lining Zipper closure, fabric tab fasteners 30-lb. capacity Clean with a damp cloth Made in China read more

FMI
$494.08
at Walmart

Though surprisingly economical, The Bungalow 36'' and 42'' fireplaces present a big box look with an oversized brick to brick open...ing- Available in clean-face and circulating models, the fireplace comes standard with textured, powder coat finish and full smooth white refractory brick liner- Our 8'' pipe makes installation a snap- Clearances to combustibles are 1'' for 36'' and 42'' models- SKU: TWST10200 read more

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Insulated Shades

Used alone or in partnership with thermal curtains, roller and Roman shades can be bonded with thin acrylic foam to form a sleeker or less prominent insulating treatment.

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Best Home Fashion
$59.99
at Amazon

Best Home Fashion introduces the new Blackout Tie Up Shade. It features innovative fabric construction. Compare to the other shade...s, our product is extremely SOFT and DRAPERY. The sophisticated designs allow you to decorate your windows with great styles. NEVER compare our Blackout Curtains with those cheap ones that are stiff and looks like a shower curtain. Blackout is perfect for : Late sleepers Shift workers Seniors Infants & parents Students Computer operators Care instruction : -Machine wash warm with like colors. -Use only non-chlorine bleach when needed. -Tumble dry low. -Warm iron as needed read more

Green Mountain Vista
$62.44-$87.44
at Casa

Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mou...nt, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mount, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mount, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mount, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic read more

Green Mountain Vista
$49.95-$87.44
at Casa

Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mou...nt, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mount, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mount, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mount, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic read more

Green Mountain Vista
$27.98-$51.79
at Casa

Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mou...nt, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mount, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mount, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic Green Mountain Vista EZ-Glide Insulated Roman Shade This Decorative Roman shade is not only easy to install, inside or outside mount, it is also insulated so its energy efficient and has no dangling cords. The one hand fluid up and down operation of the shade is flawless. Available Product Measurements: 24 x 64, 27 x 64, 30 x 64, 32 x 64, 34 x 64, 36 x 64, and 38 x 64Manufactured in: ImportedMaterial: Face Fabric: 100% Polyester Back: 100% Acrylic read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Thermal curtains look like regular curtains, and your choices in size, style, color, and pattern are similar. Their construction adds only a few extra steps in your buying decision.

Style

Thermal curtains come in a variety of fabrics and patterns to complement your decor. You can find them in several styles -- such as rod pocket, eyelet, grommet, and tab top -- ready to hang on your existing window hardware. For efficiency, install curtains to fit close to the window and wall.

Lining Color

Just as light-color clothing feels cooler on hot days, thermal curtains with white linings reflect sunshine, while dark linings can absorb it.

Window Location

Count on thermal curtains to reduce cooling costs when installed on south- or west-facing windows. However, there is a place where these curtains may not be suitable. Long, heavy lined panels can block the airflow from a radiator or air-conditioner; for windows with such units, inside-mount insulating blinds or shades are more practical. Count on thermal curtains to reduce cooling costs when installed on south- or west-facing windows. However, there is a place where these curtains may not be suitable. Long, heavy lined panels can block the airflow from a radiator or air-conditioner; for windows with such units, inside-mount insulating blinds or shades are more practical. Count on thermal curtains to reduce cooling costs when installed on south- or west-facing windows. However, there is a place where these curtains may not be suitable. Long, heavy lined panels can block the airflow from a radiator or air-conditioner; for windows with such units, inside-mount insulating blinds or shades are more practical. Count on thermal curtains to reduce cooling costs when installed on south- or west-facing windows. However, there is a place where these curtains may not be suitable. Long, heavy lined panels can block the airflow from a radiator or air-conditioner; for windows with such units, inside-mount insulating blinds or shades are more practical. Count on thermal curtains to reduce cooling costs when installed on south- or west-facing windows. However, there is a place where these curtains may not be suitable. Long, heavy lined panels can block the airflow from a radiator or air-conditioner; for windows with such units, inside-mount insulating blinds or shades are more practical.

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EFF
$84.49 $129.99
at Kohl's

This EFF Santos window panel complements countless home decor styles. In gray. Features 1 panel 50" x 120" Rod pocket/back tabs ...Thermal blackout design Blocks unwanted light Keeps heat in and cold out Soft and refined texture Abstract geometric pattern Construction and Care Polyester Dry clean Imported Attention: each panel is sold separately. Image displays two panels. Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

EFF Santos Blackout Window Panel - 50" x 120"
EFF
Sun Zero
$19.79 $32.99
at Kohl's

No need to sacrifice efficiency for elegance. Get the best of both worlds in this Sun Zero thermal curtain. Features 1 panel 40"... x 84" Metal grommets Thermal lining Blocks light/reduces noise Keeps heat and cold out Textured medallion pattern Construction and Care Polyester Machine wash Imported Attention: each panel is sold separately. Image displays two panels. Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Sun Zero Anika Thermal Window Panel - 40" x 84"
Maytex
$32.20-$39.99 $39.99-$64.36
at Overstock.com

This lovely faux silk fabric window curtain, with leaf embroidery, is thermal lined to block light, and noise reduction, while pro...viding energy savings from heat and cold. This solid color faux silk panel is sure to add luxury and elegance to any room. Set includes: One 1 panel Pattern: Solid Color options: Natural, blue, burgundy, mocha Curtain style: Window panel Construction: Grommet top Lining: Yes, thermal lined Dimensions: 84 inches long x 54 inches wide Energy saving: Yes Tiebacks included: No Materials: Polyester Care instructions: Machine wash The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. read more

Polyester 84-inch Jardin Embroidery Thermal Lined Energy Curtain Panel
EFF
$77.34 $118.99
at Kohl's

Coordinating your decor doesn't get much easier than with this luxurious EFF Bellino drape. Features 1 panel 50" x 84" Rod pocke...t/back tabs/hook belt Installs 3 different ways Thermal blackout design Blocks unwanted light Insulates against cold/heat Soft and refined texture Construction and Care Polyester Dry clean Imported Attention: each panel is sold separately. Image displays two panels. Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

EFF Bellino Blackout Window Panel - 50" x 84"
EFF
Sun Zero
$11.99 $23.99
at Sears

The Bradley poletop solid microfiber thermal lined blackout panel is a fantastic energy efficient panel. In addition to looking gr...eat on your window the Bradely panel is functional. It blocks out virtually all light, reduces noise, and gives you total privacy. Hang with a decorative or continental... read more

Sun Zero BRADLEY Poletop Microfiber Thermal Lined Panel 42x63
EFF
$49.99-$59.99 $71.00-$97.49
at Overstock.com

This printed panel features innovative triple weaved fabric construction allowing you to have a single layered, unlined and therma...l insulated blackout curtain. Keep the light out for a good nights rest every night. Set includes: One 1 panel Pattern: Stripe Curtain style: Window panel Header construction: Pole pocket with back tab. Allows panels to be hung in two 2 different ways. Unlined Dimensions: 84-120 inches long x 50 inches wide Energy saving Materials: 100-percent polyester Care instructions: Dry clean For proper fullness, panels should measure 2-3 times the width of your window. The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. read more

Ambrosia Stripe Blackout Back-tab Pole Pocket Curtain Panel
EFF
EFF
$59.99-$80.49 $81.00-$97.49
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The fabric construction of the Sunburst curtain panel is super soft with a refined texture made with a special polyester yarn. Thi...s blackout curtain is designed to keep the light out and provide optimal thermal insulation. Set includes: One 1 panel Pattern: Patterned Color options: Yellow/natural Curtain style: Window panel Construction: Pole pocket Lining: Unlined Dimensions: 84 inches long x 50 inches wide, 96 inches long x 50 inches wide, 108 inches long x 50 inches wide, 120 inches long x 50 inches wide Energy saving: Yes Tiebacks included: No Materials: 100-percent polyester Care instructions: Dry clean For proper fullness, panels should measure 2-3 times the width of your window. The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. read more

Sunburst Yellow/ Natural Pole Pocket Blackout Curtain Panel
EFF
EFF
$175.49 $269.99
at Kohl's

Going for a grand look? This EFF St. Tropez curtain speaks to pure sophistication. Features 1 panel 50'' x 120'' Rod pocket/hook... belt Embroidered faux silk Flannel interlining Fully lined back Thermal benefits Construction and Care Polyester/nylon Cotton interlining Polyester/cotton lining Dry clean Imported Attention: each panel is sold separately. Image displays two panels. Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

EFF St. Tropez Embroidered Faux-Silk Window Panel - 50'' x 120''
EFF
Sun Zero
$14.99 $24.99
at Kohl's

Improve the comfort of your favorite room with this Sun Zero thermal curtain. Features 1 panel 42" x 84" Rod pocket Thermal lini...ng Blocks light/reduces noise Keeps heat and cold out Solid design Construction and Care Polyester Machine wash Imported Attention: each panel is sold separately. Image displays two panels. Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Sun Zero Bradley Thermal Window Panel - 42" x 84"
Arlee
$28.03-$36.99
at Overstock.com

This luxuious thermal backed panel pair is the perfect solution for updating your window decor. The window treatments re available... in a variety of vibrant colors. Update your home decor with a luxurious window panel pair Window treatments are designed with whisper faux silk fabric Curtains feature a rod pocket for easy hanging from a decorative rod Thermatec foam backed lining helps block sunlight and lowers energy costs Available in your choice of 63-inch and 84-inch lengths, set of 2 Each panel is 52-inches wide Blocks up to 40-percent more noise than regular curtains Rod pocket curtain is available in taupe, khaki, cream, indigo and burgundy color options 100-percent polyester Machine washable For proper fullness, panel should measure two times the width of your window frame not width of window. Earth Friendly The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. read more

Thermal Backed Iridescent Curtain Panel Pair
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