Invisible Pelmet Kit - FAQ
Invisible Pelmets – A Wondrous Way To Complete Your Window Dressing
The simplest, cheapest, most unobtrusive and energy efficient system available
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can you use the invisible pelmets with Holland blinds?
A: No. Invisible pelmets sit on top of the curtain rail. As Holland Blinds do not have a curtain rail, there is nothing for them to be fitted to. Invisible Pelmets suit drapes and curtains on a curtain rail.
Q: What is an Invisible Pelmet and why should I install one?
A: An invisible pelmet is a thin acrylic cover fitted to the top of curtain rails. It acts in a similar way to a box pelmet but is virtually invisible. The thermal efficiency of drapes is greatly improved by the addition of pelmets reducing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer. This will reduce your energy use.
Q: What kind of curtains are Invisible Pelmets good for?
A: Invisible Pelmets are designed to be used on curtains (drapes) that are fitted to tracks. Usually these operate via a draw cord and the top of the curtain sits slightly higher than the front of the track.
Q: Can I use Invisible Pelmet on my curtain rod or my roller blinds?
A: No, Invisible Pelmets are not suitable for curtains on a rod as the curtain hoops will not easily glide under the Invisible Pelmets. Likewise Roller Blinds would rub on the Invisible Pelmets as the blind is operated. Invisible Pelmets are ONLY suitable for curtains on a track.
Q: What does an Invisible Pelmet do and how does it work?
A: When you heat your home, the warm air rises to the ceiling. As it spreads to the sides and starts to descend at the walls it makes its way behind the curtains. The cold from the glass chills your warm air and then it sinks to the floor. This is why you will sometimes see curtains moving without an apparent draught. As the cooler air sinks it draws more warmer air in through the top. This continuous cooling cycle wastes your winter heating.
If you have pelmets in place, your warm air will be blocked from passing between the curtain and glass of the windows. This means that it is not in contact with the cold glass, preventing the cooling effect. We have heard homeowners saying that the temperature of the air at their floor level is 6 degrees warmer with pelmets than without.
The opposite effect is evident in summer. The sun heats the air between the glass and the curtain causing that warmer air to rise to the ceiling and drawing in cooler air from the floor. This is a continuous heating cycle when you really don’t want one. Adding the pelmet prevents the warm air coming out of the top through the curtain track thereby blocking the heating cycle.
Q: Do I need to worry about overheating in summer?
A: The short answer is no, the pelmets improve the thermal efficiency of drapes by eliminating the airflow between the drapes and the window glazing. Whilst in winter, warm air enters the top, is cooled against the glass of the window, and sinks to the floor re-entering the room, drawing more warm air in the top as a cycle. In summer, the opposite happens; As air behind the drapes is warmed by the glass, it rises up past the curtain track and into the room and draws more cool air in behind the glass.
The pelmets improve the thermal efficiency of drapes by eliminating the airflow between the drapes and the window glazing, acting as a barrier to break that cycle.
Q: How hard is it to install and how long will it take me to install it?
A: Our instructional video shows you just how easy it is to install invisible pelmets at home. You don’t even need any special tools.
Q: Will I still be able to open and close my curtains?
A: The installation of this product does not affect the operation of your curtains. If you find that it does affect the opening and closing of your curtains, then it has been installed incorrectly.
Q: How do I know it has been installed properly?
A: The sections of Invisible Pelmet should sit on the top architrave of your window and rest on the track brackets and the front of the track itself. Sections should be butted up using the supplied joiners. It is most effective if your curtains wrap at the ends to butt onto the wall.
Q: What do I do if the product is faulty?
A: The ecoMaster return policy can be found on the website.
Q: Is there a warranty on this product?
A: ecoMaster products carry a 2 year warranty as long as the product is installed according to our instructions.
Q: Is there a warranty on the installation of the product?
A: As it is a DIY product, we cannot provide an installation warranty as the installation process is out of our control.
Q: How can I make my room darker with Invisible Pelmets?
A: Leave the lining paper on the Invisible Pelmet to make your room a little darker. If you want your room to be blackout, then you can remove the liner and paint the pelmet black.