In my home I have window that are original to the home. They are 30 years old and in dire need of replacement. My windows are incredibly drafty. I can literally feel the money I loose when its cold. Sadly after purchasing a brand new HVAC system it left very little funds to replace my windows at this time. New windows would cost around $7,000 – $8,000, annnnnd right now, that is just not in the budget. Fortunately, I discovered an extremely affordable to solution to resolve my drafty windows while strolling the aisles of my Home Depot.
Here’s what I did and what you could do to combat Old Man Winter. It’ll save you money and drastically reduce heat and energy loss.
- Frost King Window Insulation Kit
- Step Ladder
- Tape Measure
- Bubble wrap (Optional)
- Double Sided Tape
- Spray bottle
- Glass cleaner like Invisible Glass
- Motsenbocker’s Lift Off Tape, Label, and Adhesive Remover
- Remove any window treatment, curtains and or blinds.
- Clean the window casing, the moulding and window sill.
- Apply double-sided tape around the borders of the window. (Optional: Add a 2nd layer of double sided tape above the original tape. The bottom tape will be for securing the bubble wrap.)
- Wait 10- 15 minutes and remove the paper backing on the tape.
- (Optional: Attach the bubble wrap to the inner tape. This will add additional support.)
- Unwrap and cut the sheet from the kit 2 to 3 inches wider and longer than the window you are covering.
- Apply the plastic sheet to the outer double sided tape. Make sure to pull tight as applying the sheet to the tape smoothing out any wrinkles.
- Using a blow dryer smooth and eliminate any wrinkles by running it in a diagonal motion 4 to 6 inches from the sheet. The plastic sheet will shrink and tighten.
- Trim any excess plastic.
Do you have a patio glass door? You can provide additional insulation by applying simple bubble wrap directly to the glass. I feel like I constantly have this stuff around from packages that may come in the mail of after unwrapping a new tool. Haha so this was a super easy and free update for me.
- Clean the glass surface
- Using a spray bottle filled with water, spray the glass with water.
- Cut the bubble wrap to the length of the window.
- Apply bubbles facing the glass. Secure the seams with packing tape.