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
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?
936Dancer: If you already have double-paned windows, is there any advantage to also
putting bubble wrap on the windows?
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!!
59seank: Thanks for sharing this idea. I'm going to try it.
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!
Saiga762x39mm AK47: freak, just get to the point.
Rozie A: So I just bought some bubble wrap to insulate my windows....i'm hoping it
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.
Miguel Angel Valenzuela: watch?v=_IYuEI6mLRw
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
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.
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
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.