There’s nothing like a hint from Mother Nature to show you that the cute, breezy apartment you moved into this summer is a drafty nightmare in the winter. So what’s the best way to seal out the cold air and finally be able to walk around your apartment without wearing four sweaters at a time?
In short, focus on window insulation.
A single pane of glass can lose nearly ten times as much heat as the same area of an insulated wall1—and depending on when your apartment was last remodeled, your heater might be working overtime trying to make up the difference.
While you might not be able to convince your landlord to replace your windows altogether, window insulation is an easy way to keep your apartment warm and lower your utility costs.
Here are five ways you can insulate your windows:
1. Use Window Insulation Film
2. Cover your windows with bubble wrap
It may not look pretty, but bubble wrap is a great way to insulate your apartment windows. Simply spray a mist of water over the inside of your clean window and hold the bubble side of the bubble wrap to the wet window. Sealing the edges with tape may help keep heat in but can lift paint when removed.
Do you have any additional tips for apartment window insulation in the winter? Let our readers know what’s worked for you in the comments below!
1. Ha, Tonya. The Australian Green Consumer Guide: Choosing Products for a Healthier Home, Planet and Bank Balance. Illustrated ed. Australia: UNSW Press, 2008. Google Books.