Bubble wrap works.
My statement about the plastic material that most people use for packing fragile items probably isn’t all that impressive, if you’re thought process is focused on moving. I am not. I’m winterizing in an effort to hunker down, stay and withstand the cold.
Now that I have most of you completely confused and trying to figure out what winterizing and bubble wrap have in common, I’ll tell you.
During the first bout of winter weather, the temperature went down to 4 degrees. It was very cold in my house. Realizing there would be more cold surges to come, I started looking for winterizing options and I stumbled across an online suggestion to use bubble wrap on my windows.
Your reaction probably mirrored my initial one. I was perplexed. I remember years ago using plastic on my windows and it working. I hated it, though. It damaged the house due to the nails that had to be used. I eventually stopped using that old-fashioned form of window insulation.
Then, pop, in comes bubble wrap.
The sites I found said placing bubble wrap on the windows is an easy way to reduce the heat loss and lower heating bills. Windows are the biggest sources of heat loss. By using bubble wrap, there is no taping, no blow-drying, no thin plastic drying out after a season or two and splitting, and no replacing of expensive window kits. The method is fast, easy, and hassle free, and your cut sheets can be applied to windows within seconds. Pre-cut sheets can be used for repeated applications.
All you have to do is cut the wrap to the size of the window, mist the window with water from a spray bottle and press the bubble wrap (bubble side against the glass) onto the window. Once placed, it serves as multiple insulating pockets filled with air.
Some sources claimed that on a single-pane window, bubble wrap can reduce heat loss by up to 50 percent. On a double-pane window, it estimated about 20 percent.
I felt a little foolish trying such a thing, so I only purchased one roll. I cleaned the windows first. When I covered larger windows, I used clear tape on the overlapped seams of the bubble wrap. To my shock, it worked. Prior to placement, I could feel the cold on the glass. Afterwards, I could not. A mist of water holds it up nicely.
I’ve subsequently bought more rolls and every window in my house has bubble wrap on it. I’m not sure exactly what the insulating value is for me, but I can tell you it is warmer. The next time temperatures dropped to 4 degrees, it wasn’t as cold in the house. I was happy. My happiness continued when the temperatures dipped down to negative 4 degrees.
My favorite part is that it still allows in sunlight. I definitely do not want to block any sunlight during winter months.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.