joylk: Forget the sticky stuff! It’s been minus 20 celcius (-4F) or thereabouts for the last week and it’s not getting any warmer soon. Simply buy plastic sheeting on the roll and insert instead of screening in the metal screen window strips. If you want the curtain look from outside put a tension rod with sheers on the inside. strange euphoria: I grew up in Maine in an old house with original windows. gudnis: If you have double hung windows, head to the hardwre store and find some FELT weatherstripping. Hilton: What I did was go to a Walmart and buy space blankets at the sporting goods dept. You apply it, then smooth it in the gaps with your finger. macbride: My recommendation is…Seal Peel. therapyONdisplay: Got a extremely drafty bath or bedroom window? When the weather changes store it under your bed. But I may have to use it this year on a few windows. Put a strip of it where the window meets the sill and where it laps with the window above. Thankfully, our reader community is a generous one; people regularly share helpful tips and secrets in the comments. I saved $700 in heating last winter by making interior storm windows for my plaster-framed, aluminum windows that no sticky stuff in the world will stick to. No, it’s not pretty but it’s the best thing I’ve found (aside from getting new windows) to control heat loss via your windows. I’ve got a 1930 Craftsman with beautiful wood trim around my windows. Then, cover the entire window (frame and all) with some clear plastic and seal it with removable weather stripping. This is just in the trim around the window, and I can still open the windows, so for me it’s a one time deal with no need to remove or redo ever. eiw: Old house owner in Massachusetts here. industrialstrengthhairdry: As a way around this problem, I discovered I could first put down a strip of electrical tape, and then adhere the double sided tape to the electrical tape (which easy to remove and doesn’t leave residue), then I finish installing the film as directed. Dampen your windows with water from a spray bottle, and then cover the glass with cut to size pieces of bubble wrap. Keeping warm in the winter time sometimes requires extra work and some ingenuity. (Image credits: Claire Bock) Berae: Buy thin foam padding and sew the foam material to the back of the existing curtains. BTW today is the first day that I broke down and turned on the heat. But there are gaps in that trim. About $200 for nine 3-1/2 x 5′ windows. Layered all three, material/batting/space blanket, after measuring my windows and sewed them together, hung them and damn all they worked like a charm BUT it made things a bit gloomy as they kept out all the light as well as keeping out the cold. Looks nice, and if you get the plastic just right, it’s nearly invisible. The plastic sheets/hair dryer things aren’t that great with huge windows. The self-sticking kind might be nice to line small crevices in windows and doors. Richele: You’d be amazing what you can do with cotton balls and some tweezers. TJ: One thing we do for our radiators that are right under windows is put aluminum foil shiny side toward the radiator, on the wall behind the radiator and under the window. They make a big difference — let the light in during the day and close up tight at night. Today, I’ve gathered just some of their great ideas on how to seal up windows and deal with drafts — so you can live as toasty (and as cheaply) at home as possible this cold season. This has allowed the heat to bounce back into the room instead of escaping out. Stucker: I took some cheap burlap fabric, stained it with tea, and made rice-filled thin, sealed bags to go on all of my apartment window ledges and at the bottom of my front door. vmorgs: Put bubble wrap and plastic over all of your windows. rtra: Try using a fan to circulate the air. I had my house professionally air sealed, and the Seal Peel application is literally invisible. I went around and shoved as much cotton as I couldn’t into all of the cracks where I could feel air coming in, and it’s worked amazingly (not to mention super cheap)! You can secure it by using screws in each corner drilled into the exterior wood frame work to hold it in.

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