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what are some frugal ways to trap window drafts?

we live (rent) in a mobile home and the windows are pretty cheap so we often feel drafts. our master bedroom is the coldest part of the house! SO did insert some foamboard stuff then closed one of the windows to see if it would work and it did for a little while. But got any tips?

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Asked by Owl_Feather at 5:08 PM on Jan. 23, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • That plastic stuff that you tape over the windows and then blow dry to shrink did wonders for our rental home. It's old and there are drafts everywhere but that stuff made a big difference and didn't cost to much. Also, buying some cheap towels to use as door blockers works as well.

    Answer by Gnomeofmyheart at 5:10 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • Thick plasic? My sister put plastic over her her window. She also live in a mobile home. Not attractive (plastic) but it beats being cold.

    Answer by nicjon at 5:11 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • We cover our windows with thick plastic too. DH bought a huge roll of it to do our windows and it helps keep it warm in our house and saves us money on heating costs.

    Answer by MyOpionCounts at 5:17 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • We rent also... we have caulk on all of the windows and plastic on others... most of the 25 windows
    in our place do not open so those are the ones caulked... and those that open only have plastic on them...
    use heavy drapes too... that can keep the drafts out too...

    Answer by gmasboy at 5:18 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • Buy some thick curtains

    Answer by 1911 at 5:22 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • The plastic you can shrink - not the heavy-duty stuff. It's really thin and feels fragile but it's not. You can get a roll that covers a ton of windows for under $10 at home-improvement stores, or hardware stores. The thick plastic is meant to wrap the outside of the house to keep cold out - it works too but is more work IMO. We use it and just keep the windows covered that it's on (kids bedrooms).

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:39 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • We also rent and we had a drafty window and my hubby covered it with cardboard and it did the job not to pretty looking but we weren't cold anymore besides nothing curtains wont cover haha

    Answer by mari2120 at 5:57 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

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