I have a house approximately 50 years old. The heating system is a hot
water system which heats water and pushes it through a series of registers
in each room. Unfortunately many of the registers (about two feet in height
from floor to top) are located directly beneath windows.
In my bedroom I have heavy pleated window curtains that I draw closed at
night. Seems to me that the curtains look a bit puffy or inflated during
the heating season and it is almost like they are puffy because they
catch/trap the rising radiant heat from just below the bottom of the curtain
(where the register is). I have this feeling that the heat is
rising/escaping up into/behind the curtains and right in front of the [cold]
window glass instead of up/out into the room.
Is there anything I can buy at a home improvement store to tuck the bottom
of the curtains in towards the wall or perhaps to attach to the top of the
register to deflect the heat up/away from the register?
I tried holding back the curtains more towards the window/wall and I can
feel the heat now flowing in front of the curtains instead of behind them.
i've seen scoop sort of mechanisms that are attached to the register and can
redirect the heat. typically used if the register is under a couch. i would
bet that a local borg would have them. search for sku 253190 at
cave creek, az
I have blinds on the windows and curtains in front of them.
The more I think about it I'll probably have to fashion perhaps just a
straight cord running the width of the bottom of the curtains to keep them
flush against the wall (between the top of the register and the window
sill). I suppose I can just use thumbtacks to keep the curtain bottoms in
This is more in line with what I need but still not a good fit as I don't
have a typical register (on the floor). My registers are on the wall.
What would make better sense for me to get/do is somehow push the bottom of
the drapes in towards the wall/window so that the rising heat goes in front
of them, not behind them.
I may have to devise a solution myself, which may not be elegant but it
would at least be functional, IMHO.
On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 19:34:06 -0500, someone wrote:
Well, yes, go ahead and DIY. The original problem is entirely self
imposed anyway. There is no law requiring those particular curtains -
both "puffy" and long - having them is a CHOICE.
Your radiators ("registers" are what the grilles that blow air are
called) are in exactly the proper place engineering-wise. Then the
decorator screwed up the heating system with the choice of curtains
(or is that "drapes"?).
Reply to NG only - this e.mail address goes to a kill file.
Could you use one of the width-adjustable deflectors made for the small
rectangular floor registers?
They attach to the registers using magnets. It seems to me you should be
able to attach them to the top of your wall registers, with the air flow
deflected down. Since they would only cover the top part of the wall
register, they would still allow good air flow with the net effect more
perpendicular to the wall.
Here's a link to the kind of deflector I'm talking about. I think
they're easy to find in hardware and big-box stores.
Sorry, I should have read the entire thread -- my suggestion had already
been made and rejected since you weren't talking about forced air
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