A few days ago we wrote an article in our continuing series on Home Energy Conservation on inexpensive ways home owners can use to reduce their home heating bills.
Today we wanted to demonstrate one of those suggestions; specifically, suggestion #30 on using plastic window insulation kits on the inside of your windows.
These were not among the windows we replaced with ENERGY STAR windows last winter. These windows and sliding doors were 22 years old; i.e. they were installed when the house was built.
On a cold day you can feel the coldness of the outside by simply standing near these windows or sliding doors.
So, I went to our local renovation / building materials retail store and purchased one of those plastic window film insulation kits. The one we purchased provided plastic film which was 84 inches by 25 feet, more than enough for our 5 foot high windows.
Now, remember that many of the kits which provide the plastic film in rolls have the insulating film doubled up. What I mean by that is to be sure to read the package labeling. In our case 84 inches is 7 feet yet the roll was only about 3 and 1/2 feet high. If I didn’t read the package details I would have though that the roll was only 3 and 1/2 feet wide.
The kit we purchased came with a lots of tape to be used to secure the insulating fims to the window frame, measuring tape as well as a device to cut the plastic film. It also came with simple instructions like being sure to cut plastic with 1 to 2 inches more than needed on all four sides of the window frame so you don’t run the risk of cutting too small (which almost happened to me ) a piece of plastic film, awe well as pictures.
Now, the first thing I needed to do was to figure out exactly where I wanted to place the two sided tape that would secure the insulating plastic film to the window frame.
I noticed that there was a nice wood filler that was along the bottom and sides of the windows. However, it was a little smaller than the width of the tape. And I also noticed that for some reason it was not along the top of the window page. Darn
So, I decided to place the two sided tape along the outer edge of the window frame. This meant that I would have one solid piece of insulating plastic film covering all of the individual window panes of glass within the window frame itself. This also meant that there would be much more space between the insulating plastic film and the window, giving I would think more insulation.
So, first I cleaned the window frame, just a light dusting. then I mesured and cut the two sided tape needed for each of the 4 sides of the window frame. This was followed by installing each tape on the outside of the frame.
You will notice that the tape looks white. It’s not. The white you see is the cover. The two sided tape is actually clear, just like the plastic insulating film itself so it won’t be noticed. As well, you want to be sure to have the tape overlap. In the above picture you see how the white tape cover on the top window frame appears to be coming up a little. That is needed to allow the tape on the left side to overlap, ensuring there are no gaps.
Tomorrow, we finish installing the plastic film on all the windows in our basement bay window area. To continue to the next article in this short series on installing plastic see-through insulation on our large windows, simply select this link to Part 2.
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