Barbeques are over, pools are closed, and kids are back in school, signaling the end of summer and the fast approach of winter. When you prepare for the winter season, do you prepare your home as well? If not, it is likely that your home is a source of wasted energy. Many are unaware that air leaks through windows are responsible for 10 percent to 25 percent of the household energy bill. Insulating the windows can be fast and affordable, allowing you to enjoy that â€œmost wonderful time of the yearâ€ without wasting energy and burning a hole in your wallet.
Storm Window Kit
A storm window kit seals the front of the window with a plastic spine and channel system. To install, connect the ends of the channels around the window frame. Next, take the clear vinyl and use it to cover the face of the window. This should be held in place by the spline (plastic strip), which secures into the plastic channel. Simple as that! A storm window kit is not only easy to install, but cost-effective, costing as little as 7 dollars per kit.
Window Insulation Kit
For just about a dollar less, you can invest in window insulation kits. They cover the entire window in order to eradicate drafts as well as the build-up of frost that is so common during winter. The clear film that comes in the window insulation kits should cover the window and sealed with double-sided tape to seal cracks and gaps. The plastic shrinks tightly, which allows for a clear, wrinkle-free fit. These kits increase the R-Value as much as 90% by creating dead air space.
By far, the least expensive window insulation option is bubble wrap. With a spray bottle, spray water onto the window. Next, place the bubble side on the window. Using an exacto knife, get rid of the excess bubble wrap. This method of insulation works without staining the window and the bubble wrap remains there throughout winter having only water as a sticking agent. Although not as effective or aesthetically pleasing as the options above, it is the most cost-effective, and will take each windowâ€™s R-Value to 2. Next time you get a package lined with too much bubble wrap instead of throwing it away or scaring your kids with it, consider saving it for those cold days in winter.