Heating & Cooling Savings in Apartments
If you live in an apartment, as I do, you often cannot control the quality (or lack thereof) heating and cooling systems, quality of weather-proofing, and ability to control temperatures in your living area. As a tenant you are often limited in what modifications you can do for yourself. But good news! There are some things that you can do to increase energy (and money) savings.
My battles in this small apartment are constant and ongoing. This article will focus on my terribly inefficient metal entry door and the approach of winter.
YOJA Thermal & Black Out Curtain Panels
Whether you are in a rental unit or your own home, these curtains are a great choice. I am surprised at how pretty they are and highly recommend them for decorating purposes alone. But if you are looking for insulating or room darkening qualities, I think these curtains are a MUST.
|YOJA Thermal Black Out Curtains - 1 panel and tie-back per pack|
I did not purchase this curtain for room darkening purposes. However, I was curious about the room darkening claims. As soon as the curtain arrived, I walked around the apartment - facing different windows and eventually the very bright light in my bathroom, and held the curtain over my face. It blocked all noticeable light. Out of curiosity, and because I'm a bit strange, I also went to those windows and that bathroom light with a variety of materials over my face: towels, jeans, khakis, and blankets. All of those materials let light through in some way.
In my reading of reviews, I learned that if the curtain is room darkening, but is on the wrong curtain rods, light will still enter the room from around the curtain. If complete room darkening is your goal, you should use the proper curtain rods to help with that.
|wraparound blackout curtain rod example|
Insulation and Temperature Control
Back to my door dilemma. My entry door is a problem. It is metal that must have little to no core for insulation. It is ill-fitting due to the building that has settled over the decades. My air conditioning escapes in the summer and horrendous cold drafts blow in during the winter. My heating and cooling bills skyrocket.
I have considered using the automatic closing, magnetic, door covering but cannot due to the angle that my door opens (it opens in to the apartment). This is likely a really good option for sliding doors or doors that open out.
|magnetized door curtain|
In previous years, I've used door draft stoppers - very helpful but only when I'm inside and can place it there. I've installed my own "weatherstripping" to some limited success. And ultimately have considered installing a blanket of some sort over my door.
The blanket idea is what led to my curtain purchase.
I have hung this YOJA curtain over my door. I've used Command brand heavy-duty, removable hooks to avoid hammering nails into the wall. The curtain drapes flat against the door.
Since I've hung the curtain, we have had three mornings of cold temps. I can feel a definite difference of temperature on each side of the curtain (the side against the door is much colder). so it appears that this curtain will aid in insulating.
The curtain is not long enough to hang on the hooks above the door and stop the leak at the very bottom of the door. I will continue to use a draft stopper for that.
|pretty draft stopper|
Perhaps folks would find that this curtain over the door looks silly. But I am so focused on decreasing my utility bills that I'm not concerned about it looking silly. Frankly, the curtain is such a pretty material and drape, that I don't think it looks as bad as that ugly and cold metal apartment door.
|A sample of some of the many Yoja colors to choose from|
opening graphic design courtesy of FotoJet and Pixabay