This is the time of year when drafty windows start to become very apparent, right? And sure, buying new windows that are better insulated is the obvious solution, but replacing windows can be REALLY expensive! Sometimes you just need an easy solution to get you through the cold months ahead. And that’s what I want to share with you today!
You can find reasonably priced window insulation kits online , with a clear film to place over your drafty window. The film doesn’t obscure your view, which is nice, but it can be tricky to apply. You need to use a hair dryer or other heat source to shrink the film for it to work properly. Another drawback is that it’s not reusable – once you remove it, you’ll have to start again with a new piece of film. It also leaves behind a sticky residue that’s tough to remove!
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If you’re looking for something that’s affordable and reusable to insulate your windows (and doesn’t leave any stickiness behind,) look no further than the most entertaining of office supplies – bubble wrap. Bubble wrap makes a great choice for an insulator, because it keeps a layer of air as a buffer between the drafty window and the inside of your home. It also lets a surprising amount of light shine through the windows, so you don’t have to worry about sentencing yourself to total darkness. And best of all, you’ll be able to put it up and take it down as often as you please.
Here’s how you can insulate your windows with bubble wrap!
How to Insulate Drafty Windows with Bubble Wrap
- Bubble wrap*
- Spray bottle of water
*There are many sizes of bubble wrap to choose from. Choosing one with larger bubbles will make it a bit easier to see through your window. Smaller bubbles will make it harder to see outside, but they will insulate a little better than larger bubbles.
Measure the dimensions of your window, and cut enough pieces of bubble wrap to cover the window.
Take your spray bottle and spray the surface of your window, using the mist setting, if the bottle has one.
Press the flat side of the bubble wrap up against the window.
The water should keep the bubble wrap adhered to the glass.
If you’re having company over and want the windows looking nice, just peel the bubble wrap away from the pane. Clean the surface with a bit of windex, and voila! You can reapply the bubble wrap as often as you want.
Or if you’re insulating drafty basement windows that don’t get seen very often, just leave the bubble wrap up there until the warmer weather comes along.
While this isn’t a PERMANENT fix, if you have single-glass windows, bubble-wrap can certainly help. For just pennies per window, it is a tremendous bang for your buck!