Despite some of the 70 degree warm weather days we've been having here Fall is here and Winter is just waiting to strike. Since our (rental) house is old and drafty I decided to take our warmth (and heating bill dollars) into my own hands. I was at Lowes and found a window seal kit. Basically you seal plastic around your window frames so it adds an extra barrier against drafts and heat escaping. It sounded pretty good and for $7 it claimed to do 5 windows. All you needed in addition to the kit was a hair dryer (I'm a girl; so check).
|the before is just a regular shot of one of our windows. This may be the bathroom|
window but they all look exactly the same.
Lay the plastic on the largest surface you can find in your house. This was our kitchen. I tried to get the most out of the given plastic and measure smartly. Unfortunately our windows are taller than the width of the plastic. I started to get the feeling I'd run of out plastic very quickly.
I trimmed it up and then got the hair dryer out. There are no photos of me hair drying the plastic since this was a solo project home alone. Just imagine a hair dryer 1" from the plastic. It was really cool how it stretched the plastic out and got rid of all the wrinkles.
See how there is only a hint of a tiny wrinkle? Done! We're improving our R-values by 90%! No clue what that means but hopefully it translates to cheaper heating bills. I repeated the steps for another window then ran out of plastic. I know the package said 5 windows! I manged to piece together a third window by taping some pieces together with regular packaging tape. I did three windows that are out of the way and we don't use very often. They are very see through though and you can barely tell there's an extra layer there.
Any other winterizing tips out there? I may blog about our fireplace dilemma soon.