Energy Savings Tip Winter
Do you want an Energy Savings Tip Winter? How to insulate your windows from the cold outside so you can stop the cold drafts in and around your home.
It is that time of year again when you want to insulate your windows for winter. This can be done fairly inexpensively and easily. It works best with two people, but I have done it many times all by myself. I use the 6mil thick plastic that you find at any paint center, Home Depot, etc.
A trick that I taught myself years ago…..
I first learn this trick back in the 80’s when we were living in Amarillo, Texas. It was wintertime, and snow covered the ground. They were predicting a snowstorm to hit that night with high winds and thirty inches of snow.
Our house was a small two bedroom all wood house sitting on a pier and beam foundation. We only had a floor furnace to heat the whole house. So needless to say, the windows in the other rooms were prone to get ice build-up on the inside of the windows.
I went to Home Depot and bought a roll of painter’s plastic drop-cloth, 6mil thickness. I also purchased some wood (long sticks 1/2″ x 1″) to build a frame for my plastic. I did not want to build this “plastic window” and attach it to the inside of the window. I did not want holes in the window frame to have to fill in the summer. I decided to attach to the house on the outside of the house.
I first measured my window(s). All my windows were of the same size. I made two longer pieces of wood for the horizontal frame and two shorter pieces of wood for the vertical frame. I cut the plastic about two or three inches longer on all four sides of my window frame.
I laid out my rectangle piece of plastic on the ground. I then covered the plastic with my wooden frame. I have not attached the wooden frame to itself . I will only be using the wooden frame to keep plastic from pulling apart from the staples that I will be using to attach to the house.
The first leg of my frame I wrapped the two inch extra plastics around the wooden leg, then I stapled this plastic to the wood several spots the full length of the wood.
I did this to all four pieces of my wooden frame. I had cut the vertical wooden pieces of wooden frame a few inches shorter than the full width of my window to allow for me to wrap each wooden piece with the extra plastic.
My frame was now ready to attach to the house. My Dad helped me secure it to the house because the wind was already beginning to blow. I nailed the wooden strips to the house because I was afraid the wind might tear up the plastic if it was not secured well to the house.
I did the same to three more windows. I must say, I did not think that this was going to help keep my home warmer. But I am living proof that this indeed worked and worked very well. My windows did not get the ice build up on the surface liked they use too!
Fast forward to 2014. A new trick that I am using now….
The house we live in now is a 3-bedroom brick home on a slab foundation. It does not have wooden windows. It has aluminum windows. There is not possible way to secure a wooden frame wrapped in plastic to cover the windows. So how did I cover my windows?
From the inside…
I am just as animate as when I was younger about nail holes in my nice wooden window frame and wooden moldings. So…
I did not need a heavy wooden frame so I used cardboard strips from some old boxes that were going to the trash. I only needed one to secure the plastic to the window from the top of the window.
I cut the plastic about an inch longer than from the top of the window frame to the bottom of the window molding. I cut the edges about an inch shorter than the width of the window frame. I wrapped the plastic one and a half times around the cardboard that the plastic will hang from and attached this cardboard to the very top of the window wooden frame with staples.
This way any holes from the staples will not show!
I used duct tape to tape the other three sides of the plastic to the window.
What this accomplishes is a dead-air space that insulates your window from the blistering cold outside.
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