Bubble Wrap Window Insulation




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Steve Pete: Objective: Keeping my house nice and cool. I live in Florida and have very old (circa late 1970's) windows that allow tremendous amounts of light and heat inside. I just put Dow sheets of insulation sheathing (that I got from Lowes) behind the windows, on the inside of the window and it has really helped. The sheathing is basically styrofoam that is about 3/4 of an inch thick and fits inside the window nicely. In my large living room window that faces south, I have three sheets of sheathing in there. Only problem so far is that when I bake something in the oven, the heat stays in the house and it gets pretty hot. But I'm looking forward to seeing a lower electric bill this summer. I watched all my cool air fly out the window last summer. 

TheMsLady4Real: Doesn't work for us but will aluminum foil work? We live in Southwest Louisiana! St.Landry Parish! Can get very hot and humid or severely cold for us!!! Hope you have time to answer my questions! I have an old home 40 years + and at least 18+ windows single pane and I can literally see our money draining out but we can't afford to change them out because our house is sinking, needs a new roof, windows, heating and cooling system, new car, I just got laid off after working on same job for almost 10 years! Long story but if you can give me free advice ! Then I gladly learn that lesson and pay it forward! I don't have any money too buy any sales pitch for a product I know we can't afford! Will gladly teach anyone that needs help! Willing to do it for free to pay it forward!!! Sincererely !!!!!! Paula!!

ron woodall: Love this idea. But I live in the Pacific Northwest where we have to worry about too much moisture building up in our windows and causing mold problems. Any idea how the spraying of water and then covering it will affect my situation out here worrying about mold or mildew? 

Monica Mccrory: Does this help with reducing exterior noise like traffic noise?

TheMsLady4Real: Does this work with a white window film or aluminum foil, tinted car like window film? I don't exactly have loads of bubble wrap just laying around! 

936Dancer: If you already have double-paned windows, is there any advantage to also putting bubble wrap on the windows?

Saiga762x39mm AK47: freak, just get to the point.

59seank: Thanks for sharing this idea. I'm going to try it.

Rozie A: So I just bought some bubble wrap to insulate my windows....i'm hoping it works:)

wyattlisadana: freakin great stuff man. i'm going dumpster diving at my local furniture store for lots of it

PovertyLabs: I put in an annotation -it seems that bubbles to glass is a majority position. I should try it myself ! Thank you for the comment.

SevenRoses2: Very helpful. Thanks!

Ann Juurinen: Thanks for this... a fine window treatment solution to those drafty apartment windows. Some people learn more easily with a visual. Keep going. Everyone needs better systems, this keeps more money in our pockets. Yay!

mary hershelman: Thanks for the input....realized I'm dealing with sliding screens soooo I think that I'm stuck with using small bubble bubble wrap.

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mukwah1111: OK, that makes sense - thanks for the explanation. I have a 96"X68" window in my livrm that has an inside storm & have had condensation between the two this whole winter. I was searching on YT to try to find out how to insulate it..cant afford to replace it. Think I will try sealing it with silicone inside & out once the weather warms up. Thks again. All the best

PovertyLabs: What's not to be exited about!?

Defecio Stoglin: This is awesome stuff! Im gonna try this with my mother apartment because the windows are so old here.

Paintheshed: Sorry I mean to say the bubbles should face outside, as the gaps in between will effectively make the amount of trapped air a larger amount, thanks. But less adhesive surface on that side as you said.

PovertyLabs: Insulating glass does not stop drafts, it slows transmissive losses through the glass. An example would be if you had hot or cold water in a glass container, it would change to room temperature slower if you put bubble wrap (or whatever) around it. Your house is a container of sorts, and you lose a lot of heating/cooling costs to the outside through the glass.

jamesdarko131: I live in Norway the landlord is such a scrooge. I have just wrapped the windows like this works perfectly :D static from buying a roll of wrap helps apply without creases and look better.

mukwah1111: Wouldnt it be that the air leaks are from AROUND the actual panes of glass? The seams and trim ?? I dont see how covering the actual glass would stop drafts......just insulate the actual glass ?

Johny40Se7en: That's good stuff, nice tips thanks alot. I doubt I would have thought of bubble wrap as an insulator, I know it's spongy but it's got air bubbles in it.

greengranny win: Check at furniture stores and big box stores. I used to work at both and I can tell you they get tons of the stuff and throw it away. If you ask the manager, I'm sure they would give it to you. I insulated all my windows and French doors from bubble wrap brought home after stocking the store (usually done at night, except for furniture stores).

Paintheshed: bubbles to the inside is only better because the air trapped in the gaps in between the bubbles assists with the job, but the wrap should be very closely cut neat into the corners and the sides. Worth mentioning that the wrap may be flammable, and so be careful with candles on the window cill etc... as the smoke may be very acrid.

wyattlisadana: freakin great stuff man. i'm going dumpster diving at my local furniture store for lots of it. ps. whenever i'm smokin i don't want the window open. buzzkill

harpbloke: great stuff. i just did a few of my windows, and the temp difference is amazing. i put mine bubbles to glass. seems to work fab.

MountainGyspy: Yawn.....come on, get some enthusiasm going! LOL

PovertyLabs: @marylhere Either one is going to do something. I think the larger bubbles are better because they have much greater trapped air volume, and the flat, poor insulating parts between the bubbles is a much smaller percentage of the total area. I'd personally rather use the big bubbles, but if I had a hard time getting the big bubbles, I would have no problem trying the small ones out, at least over a smaller test area. No I don't think you would be wasting your time.

kataisa3: Just a small correction: the bubbles should be facing the window with the flat side facing toward you. Also, it's best to use wrap with big bubbles, not small bubbles. This is best way to insulate an drafty apartment. I use both bubble wrap and plastic over the windows. I would like to use insulated curtains too but that would get expensive. A door draft blocker is good too, these can easily be made using old socks.

girl in a gale: @copleygsxr The air it traps does though.

1BattleRattle: Dude! Genius in it's simplicity. Thanx alot.

greengranny win: Large bubble bubble wrap does work better.

moonruff zopa: I'm sure it works for transmissive losses as you mentioned, however a lot of people underestimate how much energy can be lost due to drafts. Even small, barely perceptible drafts/leaks are the equivalent of having a straw that slowly siphons your heated air out. Or actually causes air mixing between outside cold and inside warm air. They usually recommend first fixing any drafts, and then doing insulating work last. If you're allowed to, I'd say caulk leaky windows and fix other leaks.

greengranny win: Absolutely. I live in Deep South without a/c. I Open the bottom 1/3 of my windows and tape up the bottom 1/3 of bubble wrap. Leaving the window closed and bubble wrap down until after 9:30 am at my house kept the coolness leftover from overnight worked great. My house's long sides face east and west, so I have let trees grow on both sides also. Every little bit helps.

ohsnapitsme59: I caulked all my windows first and then used this. I cut it to fit my windows. Not only did it trap cold air in the winter, I left it up during the summer and it kept out alot of the hot air! I only needed to open up a window to feel the difference in the outside heat and the inside temp at the windows. Great!

copleygsxr: Bubble wrap has no R value

mary hershelman: I'm planning on doing my entire enclosed porch...bought (I know I know) 24" wide small bubble wrap to do the job...it's the front of the house and I need tons. Hoping the small bubbles will do the trick...I like the fact that it insulating properties also blocks noise...city living. Am I wasting my time with small bubbles? I can sell the small wrap to work and get larger bubble bubble wrap. Let me know.

PovertyLabs: @FrugalMummy Short answer, most likely. -It might also help keep the summer heat in. Longer answer, it would help slow the transmission of your air conditioning to the outdoors via the glass. An interesting side-show to this is the noise insulating ability of bubble wrap that I didn't expect.

seylerc: @mukwah1111 It is a matter of Conduction vs Convection. Conductive heat losses occur as the air contacting the cold window is cooled. By placing air pockets near the window, you not only reduce this conductive loss by adding multiple and more insulating layers of conduction, but you actually reduce convection because the pockets are are that isn't moving. This is the reasoning behind double or even triple pane windows, and the same reason a down jacket is warm. It is all about non-moving air.

FrugalMummy: Would this also help keep the summer heat out ?

sunshine32151: thanks, I'm going to try this!!!

DoctorGarkle: This DOES work in the real world. I have done it. However, by the end of a long winter, it looks pretty shabby and if the corners start to separate from the glass then a short-circuit develops. Furthermore, the insulation value is limited. If you can stand the darkness, carefully cut extruded polystyrene works much better.

blkchk: I have done this to all the windows in my house and it works. Before I used to sit near a window and could feel the cold air. Even though I had my house walls insulated. Since I put up the bubble wrap I feel nothing. AND during the cold blast a week ago, when the temp outside was about 7 degrees my house, with no heat on, was about 64 degrees. I turn my heat on once a day. I bought a roll from Lowe's in the packing section and on the package, guess what it says? "Stops cold air". I'm sold.
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