Bubble wrap to seal windows?

Has anyone used bubble wrap, rather than one of those shrink wrap kits, to seal windows in winter? Did it work? What kind of tape did you use -- electrical? duct? Thanks.
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  • Ken Ken on Jan 07, 2015
    I am using the bubble wrap on my sliding glass patio doors and one window. I used the double-sided tape that is like Scotch tape, but is sticky on both sides. Clean the glass very well and be careful not to get any dust or oily material in contact with the areas you are going to put the tape on either the glass or the bubble wrap. I have not had it long enough to tell much, but it already feels better when you stand in front of the glass and it offers a little privacy by blurring the optical quality of the window or door. You could apply 2 layers of bubble wrap in severe cold weather if you wanted to, but I suggest lapping the sections by starting with 1/2 sheet width so that the seams do not line up on top of each other, or applying them at right angles to the first layer. Good luck ! I have also used clear silicone as an adhesive to hold it in place on a window, because I ran out of tape. It works fine and will scrape off the glass next spring easily. Ken
  • Cindy Carley Cindy Carley on Jan 07, 2015
    Have heard of using "bubble wrap", but never tried it yet. Was also wondering if it was effective and kept out the cold air. Thanks for sharing and hope to see more comments on here!
  • Louise Davis Louise Davis on Jan 07, 2015
    I wondered about this too. Problem being you wouldn't be able to see outside, but it's better to be warm than cold! I did talk to a person once that said it did not stick to the wet glass as it said it would, but that is all I've heard. I am thinking about doing this next year to some of my windows. I did get heavy insulated curtains this year, which I think has helped. Interested in the comments though!
  • Emma Santoro-Adkison Emma Santoro-Adkison on Jan 07, 2015
    Im using it on my KItchen windows. There are no storm windows. I put the bubble wrap under my cafe curtains. So far, it's been a great help. Tonight,will tell the tale. It's about to be in the teens and windy tonight. You actually can see out but not ,100%. Looking out the window isnt as important as staying warm and lowering my electric bill. Good luck.
    • Gladys Gladys on Jan 07, 2015
      @Emma Santoro-Adkison Be thankful you don't live up here in WI right now; about -8*. (and we live in an old farmhouse) :-)
  • Linda Brown Linda Brown on Jan 07, 2015
    I haven't tried it yet, but I heard it get great reviews on BackyardChickens.com to insulate chicken coops during winter.
  • Lynne Lynne on Jan 07, 2015
    I have used it on a bathroom window,just sellotaped it to the window frame. It worked that well we just left it on until we could afford double glazing .
  • Alexis Alexis on Jan 07, 2015
    I used giant bubble wrap on all my windows in Maine. I could tell a difference from the first day. I won't have a $$ figure until winter is over but I know my furnace wasn't running as much as usual. The original post that I read said to "mist the window with water and the bubble wrap would stick". I must have defective water. I used tiny bits of tape. I used clear bubble wrap. It let the sunshine in and I could still see out.
  • Jmari Jmari on Jan 07, 2015
    I used it in several windows. Cut it to fit panes. Sprayed window with fine mist of water. Placed regular sized bubble wrap on pane and squeezed all the air out with my hand. Stayed on all last winter until spring when the corners started to lift off. Easy to put on and take off.
  • Linda Linda on Jan 07, 2015
    I bought an older home a couple of years ago and it's colder than all get out. Some of my neighbors told me to put up the bubble wrap when I complained about my high electric bills. I was also going to do the shrink wrap over the bubble wrap as some of them said they had done both and saw a big difference in their monthly bill. Do I put the bubble wrap on wet glass? Thanks..
  • Jen R Jen R on Jan 07, 2015
    I also read about using double sided tape on windows, haven't heard about applying with water until now. We tried a really thick clear plastic stapled to windows last year. This year, we sealed all the holes with caulk and can already tell a difference. I'm still thinking of trying bubble wrap until we can replace the windows. I can let you know in a couple of months, but hopefully someone with actual experience can chime in. Anything will help keep the warm in!
  • Karen608 Karen608 on Jan 07, 2015
    If you buy greenhouse bubble wrap, it will last for more years.
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    • Jessie Jessie on Jan 11, 2015
      Greenhouse bubble warp you will get in the garden section. It is the small bubblrwarp & it will last for years & years. And it works you can feel the difference to the room straight away. A good test is touch the window before you put the bubblrwarp on & feel it afterwards.(much warmer) 😉
  • Pamela Archer, Realtor Pamela Archer, Realtor on Jan 07, 2015
    What is greenhouse bubble wrap, Karen608 ?
  • Karen608 Karen608 on Jan 07, 2015
    Greenhouse bubblewrap is a plant nursery supply item, a bit heavier, that greenhouses use to insulate their glass, which should last longer. Also some installers use some Dawn dish soap or glycerin (office supply) mixed with the water to help bubblewrap stick to the glass. If not tape is fine.
  • SUSAN SUSAN on Jan 07, 2015
    I used the large bubble wrap this year (bubble is about 1 inch). It has worked well for me. Be sure to wet the window glass and position wrap with the bubble directly on the glass. I have had no trouble with it sticking. It will not stop drafts if your window frames need to be caulked. It will block the view, so I chose a few pane to leave uncovered.
  • Gerry H Gerry H on Jan 07, 2015
    I had an Anderson window in my bathroom that broke for no reason. It's double paned and only the outer glass broke. I didn't want to get it fixed in the middle of Winter so I am using the bubble wrap to give me a little more protection. Love it and decided to us it on the upper glass on most of my other windows too. My blinds cover that part and it doesn't hurt to have a little more insulation.
  • Kelly McSeveney Snyder Kelly McSeveney Snyder on Jan 07, 2015
    Are you talking just regular bubble wrap? I read above that someone let the air out. Is that what is necessary or just apply the wrap as is? This is a great learning conversation for me :)
  • Myra Jane White Myra Jane White on Jan 08, 2015
    this topic was previously addressed in depth a few months ago. I personally have used it for years. I live in Phoenix and use it in the summer to repel the hot, hot western sun that we get here in the summer. It really makes a difference. I use the Dawn/water mixture lightly sprayed on the window to hold the bubble wrap in place while I use packing tape or duct tape to tape it into place then cover it with a layer of black plastic trash bags and a layer of foil. Granted you can't see out of the windows while this is in place but the difference it makes in my air conditioning bill is worth it. I've used the giant bubbles and the small bubbles, I'm not picky they both work well. Look elsewhere on this site for more information on this topic
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 08, 2015
    Live on Canadian Prairies in an old house. Am going to try bubble wrap for next winter - at least on the uppers. Another area is the bottom and along some sides of the window. I put those self stick foam insulation strips on the very bottom. I use Draft Stop on the inside and it does helps. Will NEVER use those kits again. Takes the finish off paint and even damages stained wood. And the glue residue from the double-sided tape is almost impossible to remove.
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    • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 08, 2015
      @Myra Jane White I have GooGone which I have used successfully on a lot of things. It is great. Just didn't work in this case. Thanks. Also a product called Goof Off - super. Took black tread marks from my snowblower than somehow formed a bond with my concrete sealer. Nothing worked except this. It has been a few years since I went through the agony of the window glue so it might work.
  • Monique Clouatre Monique Clouatre on Jan 08, 2015
    I dont see why it would not work perfect. If you cover an inground pool with bubbles it will keep the water of your pool warm because the heat will stay in the water over cool nights. So maybe see a pool steore that will sell you by the yards what you need. Good luck. Monique.
  • Brandy Willett Brandy Willett on Jan 09, 2015
    I tried it for the first time on the old single pained windows in my house and a french door to the screen porch with single pane windows and have noticed a big difference..
  • Jessie Jessie on Jan 11, 2015
    Greenhouse bubble warp you will get in the garden section. It is the small bubblrwarp & it will last for years & years. And it works you can feel the difference to the room straight away. A good test is touch the window before you put the bubblrwarp on & feel it afterwards.(much warmer) 😉
  • Christina Christina on Feb 05, 2015
    Very informative responses! Thanks all.