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Bubble wrap..it's not just fun to pop!

Posted by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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Bubble Wrap Window Insulation

 

I've used bubble wrap on windows for two three+ years now, and I'm amazed how quick and easy it is.  This year, we are even covering the windows in the guest room -- we just take the bubble wrap down when guests come, and put it back up when they leave -- 15 seconds a window.

 

This is a simple technique for insulating windows with bubble wrap packing material.  Bubble wrap is often used to insulate greenhouse windows in the winter, but it also seems to work fine for windows in the house.   You can use it with or without regular or insulating window shades.  It also works for windows of irregular shape, which can be difficult to find insulating shades for.

 

Its been 3 or 4 years since I put this page up, and I've heard from MANY people who are quite happy with using bubble wrap for window insulation.

 

Lots of other cost effective window insulating ideas ....

 

The view through the bubble wrapped window is fuzzy, so don't use it on windows where you need a clear view.  But, it does let plenty of light through.

Suggestion from Pat:
"Bubble wrap small bubble and large can be had for free by contacting furniture retailers or rental shops. They throw it away by the tons!"
I've heard the same thing for places that sell canoes.

 

I like the medium to large size bubbles.  The larger ones appear (from surface temperature measurements) to insulate a little better, and you still get a nice artistic effect looking out of them.  The small bubble warp totally obscures the view, but you still get light.  Most people seem to prefer the large bubble version.

Installation

  • Cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window pane with scissors.
     

  • Spray a film of water on the window using a spray bottle.
     

  • Apply the bubble wrap while the window is still wet and press it into place.
     

  • The bubble side goes toward the glass.
     

  • To remove the bubble wrap, just pull it off starting from a corner.  You can save it and use it for several years.  It does not leave a mess or stains on the window glass.

If you have trouble with the bubble wrap separating from the window when the film dries, you can try adding a little Glycerin to the water, but this probably won't be necessary. 

 

A few small pieces of double back tape can be helpful on really stubborn windows.

 

The bubblewrap can be installed in the fall, and removed in the spring.  Judging by how mine looks after a year, it may last quite a while.

 

When you take the bubble wrap down, put a small number in on the upper right corner of each piece of bubble wrap, and write down which window that number goes with on a piece of paper.  Save the paper for the installation next fall.  This tells you instantly where each sheet goes, and which way its oriented.

 

Some places to get bubble wrap:

- Save up bubble wrap packing material that you and friends receive

 

- Check places that sell larger items like canoes or furniture -- bubble wrap is often used for packing these.

 

- Check for wholesale suppliers of packing material in your area -- these places will often sell a roll to the public.

 

- Here is one potential online source: http://www.uboxes.com (I've not actually tried them, but looks OK)

 

- As a last resort, places like the UPS store have it, but the prices are usually high.

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Why123
by Nancy on Oct. 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

That sounds like a neat idea.  I am going to have to try that.

gmadiane
by Gold Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:06 PM

my dd told me about this earlier, very interesting

Shellness
by Michell on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Maybe I'll tell my Dad about that. Thanks!

Cindy18
by Platinum Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

My kids would want to pop it!!

Cool idea, though.

summerssky
by Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

thank youI love it!

Bmat
by Barb on Oct. 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

How about that!  I never would have thought. I always either pop it or save it for the grandchildren to pop. I am going to try it on windows.

CoeyG
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

interesting, thanks for sharing I may be trying this.

louannwilkins
by Louann on Oct. 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Hey, thanks for the tip!   :)

homeskoolmama
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:31 PM

I saw this on Pinterest and talked with my dh about it. I'm gonna give it a go. Can't hurt, right?

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by Hugs on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Wow that is interesting ;)

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