It's no secret that keeping your apartment warm and cozy in the winter can be a challenge, as heated air attempts to escape to the outside. The most common escape route are doors and windows. In fact, according to the National Resources Defense Council, one-third of all heat loss in your home occurs through the windows and doors. That means insulating your windows and doors are two of the best ways to reduce your heating costs during the winter. If you live in an apartment you may not be able to do anything about the outside doors and replacing the windows probably isn't an option, but you can insulate your windows to make your apartment warmer in the winter.
Bubble wrap applied to the inside of windows provides insulation via the channels of trapped air. While it's not high tech and won't look like designer windows, some claim that the bubble wrap gives the illusion of glass block windows. Cut the bubble wrap to the size of your window. Moisten the clean window panes and press the bubble wrap in place so that the flat side is against the window. The bubble wrap lets light in while preventing heat loss through the glass.
Purchase foam board and cut it to the size of your window. Slide it into the frame so that it rests against the window. Foam board is inexpensive and easy to cut. It also blocks out light. Many find it convenient to use the foam board in the evening and night when the temperatures drop and remove it during the day for aesthetic reasons. To make foam board more decorative, cover it with fabric in an attractive design. For children's rooms, consider letting little ones decorate the foam board with markers or crayons for a personalized window cover.
You don't need to invest in expensive drapes to keep out cold air. Purchase inexpensive fleece throws at discounts stores and encase them in white or decorative flannel. Sew the cover, leaving a pocket at the top and bottom of rods to hold the curtain against the window frame. Look for flannel sheets at yard sales or during white sales to make insulated curtains you can use year after year.
Window quilts offer plenty of room for artistic expression while keeping your apartment warm too. Sew quilt batting between a quilt top and white backing and add Velcro to the edges. Apply the matching Velcro to the frames of the window and press your window quilts in place when night falls or a nor'easter blows in. Sew pockets around the perimeter of the quilt and add rods to keep the quilt taut, if you prefer.
Plastic Window Kits
These kits are available from the hardware store and can be applied on the inside or outside of the windows. Some require stapling or nailing, but some are applied with double-sided tape. Special shrink wrap plastic that is applied with a hair dryer is nearly clear and allows you to see outside. Window plastic comes in both clear and opaque. The plastic can also be purchased on a roll and cut to fit the size of the window. Always check with your landlord before stapling or nailing insulating plastic over your windows. Those with double-sided tape can be removed in the spring with no damage to the window frame.
Insulating Window Film
This film comes in a variety of styles and is designed to be applied directly to the glass of your windows. It reflects heat back into the room reducing the amount of heat lost through the glass. Insulating window film ranges in price, but is typically more expensive than the previous options. However, the film is attractive from both the inside and outside and allows light into the room. It is also easily removable with no damage to the window.
Whether you need a quick fix for when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing outside, or are looking for a long-term solution for the entire winter, consider these easy fixes and don't be afraid to adapt them with similar materials. Continue your online research to learn more.Share