Insulate Windows With Bubble-wrap Year Round

I read this tip in my favorite magazine, Mother Earth News, a few years ago, and finally got around to trying it this year. It works!

Instead of expensive window insulation kits that are hard to install and can be used only one year, try this: buy bubble wrap. Cut it to fit each window. Dampen the window and apply the bubble wrap, flat side to the window.

Advertisement

It's that simple. It lets the light through, looks a bit like glass block windows, and does keep the room warmer. If I touch the bubble wrap then touch the window, the wrap is definitely warmer. My bedroom is about 4 degrees warmer this year!

If the wrap comes off or you lift it up for any reason, just re-dampen the window, and it's good as new. At the end of the cold weather, I will remove the wrap, and roll it up separately for each window with a note in the middle to tell me which window it goes on, then I'll store it until next year. I bought my bubble-wrap at Walmart, about $4.50 for 100 feet. A roll and a half did all of my windows (except the one by the computer, since I watch the birds at my feeder through that one). The kits in the store cost a LOT more, and next year, this is free!

Advertisement

Source: Mother Earth News

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

November 17, 20121 found this helpful
Top Comment

I have done this and it really makes a great deal of difference depending on the measurements of your windows. I have a patio door and in the dead of the winter I can't stand in front of it long before I get chilled. After I put up the bubble wrap I could touch the plastic and it felt warm, also I can stand in front of it without feeling chilled at all. If you don't mind covering up your windows it's a great way to conserve heat. Also you could cover the lower portions and leave the upper ones open so you can still see out. Am going to use this again.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
November 17, 20121 found this helpful
Top Comment

I think bubblewrap would insulate the windows well, but a lot of the draft comes at the edge of the window where it meets the frame, so if you could cover over to the trim, it would help a lot more.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
March 22, 20190 found this helpful

I experimented with bubble wrap this winter. The best results came from the Amazon packing material - giant bubble. You're right about sides of windows needing to be insulated.

Advertisement

You must go all the way from wall to wall. At the bottom I used a double layer of bubble wrap because cold air travels down

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
November 4, 20140 found this helpful

How can I use this on paned windows. I live in a 1940's bungalo and the windows are the old wood ones that go up and down. Will it work to put it into the frame and just nail it?

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Anonymous
January 16, 20170 found this helpful

Do you use the really large bubbles or the smaller ones?

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

In This Page
< Previous
Categories
Better Living Green Living Conservation EnergyDecember 28, 2010
Pages
More
🎄
Christmas Ideas!
🎉
New Years Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.

Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2019 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Generated 2019-12-13 15:26:37 in 2 secs. ⛅️️

< Previous
Loading Something Awesome!