Bubble wrap to seal windows?

by Christina
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.
  15 answers
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Pamela Archer, Realtor Pamela Archer, Realtor on Jan 07, 2015
    What is greenhouse bubble wrap, Karen608 ?
    • Karen608 Karen608 on Jan 07, 2015
      @Pamela Archer, Realtor see answer below, thanks for asking.
  • 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 :)
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    • Kelly McSeveney Snyder Kelly McSeveney Snyder on Jan 09, 2015
      @Jmari gotcha! Thanks!!!
  • 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.