Plastic Windows

December 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

For those of you who live in milder climates and have always wondered what I meant by “time to plastic the windows”.

This is what we do up here when the mercury begins its inevitable plummet…

We put sticky tape around the perimeter of our windows and take a sheet of plastic, designed specifically for this purpose I might add…

and pull it taught, adhering it snuggly to the sticky tape.

Neat eh?  You can hardly tell it’s there.  The coolest part though is sealing the window…

Yup, a simple hairdryer.  The forced air gets rid of any bubbles and the heat seals the glue.  It may appear silly to go through all the trouble but, when northeastern winds are blowing and it’s -38 C, it’s worth the effort.

The plastic keeps the cold moisture out helping to prevent condensation that can result in the growth of mold which, in turn, can lead to colds and allergies.  Doing this has also saved us, on average, a couple of hundred dollars a year on heating costs.

No, my plastic windows won’t make any issue of Better Homes & Gardens but it does make sense when you live where I do.


§ 2 Responses to Plastic Windows

  • Cate says:

    Ok – have never heard of this before, but really, we should be doing this in NZ as our home heating is shocking, as is the amount of condensation and mould that we get on our windows!

    Popping in though to wish you and the family a very Happy New Year! xxx

  • Sheri says:

    Cate – Check your local hardware store and see if they have any. Here the tape and plastic come in one box – a kit if you will – and costs around $10. Let me know if you can find any…if the sales person looks at you like you’re insane and has no idea what you’re talking about just let me know and I’ll ship a couple to you in time for (your) winter. 😛 Happy New Year!!!

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