As winter peaks, we are all looking for more affordable ways to stay warm and we found an easy idea worth sharing! At Unique Home Building, we are dedicated to bring you solutions, whether through a home remodel or simple tips like the one we are about to share, on how to stay warm in the winter without breaking the bank!
In every home, there’s sometimes a trade-off between visibility and insulation happening around each window. If you’re stuck in an apartment with windows older than your parents, this tip will be especially helpful. Keep in mind that these solutions are meant for warmth during winter and will work wonderfully behind already curtained windows.
The quickest, cheapest, yet still effective solution for windows you don’t need to look beautiful is a bubble wrap application. You’ll only need water and some tape to affix the fun-to-pop stuff to a window, it still lets light through, and it’s surprisingly good at putting hundreds of little pockets of air between your warm room and the cold window surface.
**This is a simple technique for insulating windows with bubble wrap packing material. Bubble wrap is often used to insulate greenhouse windows in the winter, but it also seems to work fine for windows in the house. You can use it with or without regular or insulating window shades. It also works for windows of irregular shape, which can be difficult to find insulating shades for.
The view through the bubble wrapped window is fuzzy, so don’t use it on windows where you need a clear view. But, it does let plenty of light through.
- Cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window pane with scissors.
- Spray a film of water on the window using a spray bottle.
- Apply the bubble wrap while the window is still wet and press it into place.
- The bubble side goes toward the glass.
- To remove the bubble wrap, just pull it off starting from a corner. You can save it and use it for several years. It does not leave a mess or stains on the window glass.
If you have trouble with the bubble wrap separating from the window when the film dries, you can try adding a little Glycerin to the water, but this probably won’t be necessary.
A few small pieces of double back tape can be helpful on really stubborn windows.
The bubble wrap can be installed in the fall, and removed in the spring. Judging by how mine looks after a year, it may last quite a while.
When you take the bubble wrap down, put a small number in on the upper right corner of each piece of bubble wrap, and write down which window that number goes with on a piece of paper. Save the paper for the installation next fall. This tells you instantly where each sheet goes, and which way its oriented. **builditsolar.com
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