How can I lessen the cold from my windows in the winter

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I have a storm window through my house and blinds on all but two. They are in my bedroom and great room. I do not want anything on them such as blinds/curtains. Does anyone have ideas on how to lessen the cold air around them in the winter?
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  • Moxie Moxie on Jul 11, 2014
    Ace hardware has plastic film and double stick tape you can get; put tape on window wood trim and then put plastic onto tape; heat with hair dryer...you don't see it hardly if you trim and it works great for pretty cheap until the day you can replace with window with one that has more energy efficient glass and properly tucked insulation around the jamb. I have used them for years on my older windows and they pay for themselves.
    • Susan M Susan M on Jul 14, 2014
      @MoxieThanks for the information Can you take the film off easily. I would want to do this in the spring
  • Susan Kleinberg Susan Kleinberg on Jul 11, 2014
    There was a product that basically was a plastic film that you smoothed onto the windows and then heated with a hairdryer. It was like shrink wrapping your window. I have never used it or am even sure it is still available. I
    • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 12, 2014
      @Susan Kleinberg I still use it. It works well and is fairly inexpensive. You'll find it with all the weather proofing stuff (like insulation for pipes) at Walmart. The hair dryer part makes for a smoother, tighter cover. I also use insulated curtains and blinds for the cold winter.
  • Lori Jackson Lori Jackson on Jul 12, 2014
    Plastic on the windows...we live in a very old house. Even our 'replacement windows' have fifty years or more on them! Storms aren't helping much. Although we have a plan to replace windows, in the meantime I plastic our windows every winter. Because I cannot make plastic on the inside work due to venetians, I use lath strips and a staple gun and work on the outside. I don't worry much about the trim, as these windows will all be replaced. It makes a huge difference on energy bills and comfort. Another suggestion is to make draft dodgers for your window sills. We have double hung, so I am talking two per window. This is a tube of canvas or duck that is filled with cheap kitty litter or beans--something heavy that will conform to the space at hand. They are easy to make and when they sit across the sill, it really cuts down on the drafts.
  • Ms D Ms D on Jul 12, 2014
    Many years ago I bought cotton velvet curtains from Target for about $12.00 each. I use them in the cold months, wash them, and hang scarves in the warm months. They have held up well and add that extra layer of protection against the cold.
  • Susan M Susan M on Jul 12, 2014
    Thanks to all for the ideas
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jul 12, 2014
    Curtains were brought into service not for decor, but to keep the place warm in the winter. I like Ms. D's suggestion...a heavy curtain is the best answer. You can swap it out in the spring!
  • Darla Darla on Jul 14, 2014
    You can get sheer curtains and back them with bubble wrap. That way the light will still get in. Probably a single or double layer of plastic over the window will work best, though. I grew up in an old house where snow would come through the window gaps, so we were used to improvising.
  • Janna Carlile Janna Carlile on Apr 02, 2015
    I can't remember where I saw this but I tried it and it works!!! Remember those bubble wrap pieces that you use to wrap breakables in? Well, if you lay them out flat, spritz water on the window and then just put bubble wrap up to and on the window it sticks and helps insulate with a layer of air! And it works!