Budget Fixes for Drafty Windows
Keeping your home warm doesn't come at a high price, thanks to these easy-to-do fixes
On average, 10 to 25 percent of a home's heat escapes through its windows. If you're feeling drafts, you should consider reglazing or even replacing your windows. But if you can't because of time—or budget—first weatherstrip, then try these other temporary fixes to help beat the chill.
Applied to panes with double-sided tape and sealed using the heat from a hair dryer, this inexpensive clear shrink film can allow a room to retain as much as 55 percent of its heat. In a pinch, bubble wrap makes an effective replacement; just push the bubble side of the wrap against the glass and adhere with double-sided tape.
Shown: Duck Crystal Clear Shrink Film, about $13 for two 3-packs, My Brands.
Stop cold air from creeping through windowsills with a snake. You can buy one online, or easily make one yourself by filling a tube of fabric, like an old knee sock, with dry rice.
Shown: Window and door draft stopper, about $10, Improvements
For basement and attic windows you don't need to see out of, cover the panes with a piece of foam board glued to ⅜-inch drywall. Cut pieces to fit snugly inside the frame, press the foam side against the glass, then simply pop out when you want to let in sunlight.
Shown: Dow ½-inch polyisocyanurate rigid foam sheathing, about $12.50 per 8-4-foot panel, Lowe's