Is the sweat from your brow making it hard to see your computer screen? With the sweltering heat here in Texas already hitting 102 (and it’s only June 10!), home insulation as a method for heat reduction is necessary in most homes across the nation. Here are a few quick ideas (and several of them seriously cheap) for better insulating your windows:
- Time to use that bubble wrap?! Put old bubble wrap to good use and save some money in the long run. In just about 15 seconds per each window, you can reduce the heat in your house
significantly. The only drawback is that it isn’t the snazziest look – and as it will cause distortion, don’t use this method for any window you need
to see clearly through. Check out Build It Solar to find out how to do this simple, cheap insulation improvement.
- Weatherstrip your windows. Weatherstripping can be used to seal air leaks throughout your home. Many easy-to-get materials can be used for weatherstripping, including felt, foam, vinyl and metal. You should choose a type of material that will hold up well with friction, weather and temperature changes. For more details, you can go to the U.S. Department of Energy’s article on weatherstripping.
- Decorate with cell shades. This window option isn’t just pretty, it is practical. The term ”cell” describes each visible side pocket on a honeycomb shade. The more cells there are, the more energy efficient the shade is. Also,
the larger the cell size, the better the insulation since the cells ”trap” air in the pockets, which helps prevent extreme temperature changes in your home. You can go here to peruse and buy insulating
cell shades and cool off your home fast.
- Increase your insulation with shutters. Shutters are also very good insulators because they are the thickest, tightest fitting window coverings. They successfully prevent the transmission of air between the
window covering and the glass of the window, which reduces energy costs. To shop for the best fit for your home, you can shop insulating shutters here.
- Apply high-reflectivity window film. These films help decrease heat gain during the summer – meaning your house stays cooler. They can be applied yourself
or by a professional.
- Make a draft snake. Feeling crafty? This is a perfect project for someone who wants to save a few dollars and use a bit of their creative energy at the same time. Here’s a simple draft snake how to, but I challenge you to come up with a fun, unique design (and make sure to let me know if you do!).
- Get energy efficient windows. Are all these options just not getting the result that you want? It may be time to upgrade your windows themselves. In order to select an energy-efficient window for your home, you need to understand the components of your window as well as energy performance ratings and what they mean.
Have you tried any of these insulation projects? Or any of your own that you’d like to share? Please comment here!