Besides popping it, have you ever wondered if there was a way to put bubble wrap to good use after you received a package that had it in it? Well, actually there is. You can use it as a temporary way to insulate your windows.
Sound silly? It’s only silly if it doesn’t work, and this does.
Perks of Using Bubble Wrap Insulation
Using bubble wrap for insulation on your windows is no different from using a home insulation kit from your hardware store or putting up a sheet of clear vinyl. In fact, bubble wrap works better than other single sheets of insulation that you apply only to the glass of your window because bubble wrap itself is multiple layers (plastic-air-plastic). These multiple layers in the bubble wrap create multiple barriers for the cold air to get through, which ends up preventing most of it from getting through, if not stopping it completely.
Here are some other perks to bubble wrap insulation:
- It still allows light to get through (the digger the bubble the better)
- The same sheet of bubble wrap can be reused for up to 6 years
- You can cut bubble wrap to fit abnormal sized or shaped windows for a lot cheaper than having to have window treatments custom made for them.
How Install Bubble Wrap Insulation
To install bubble wrap, first measure your window and cut your bubble wrap sheet to fit. Next, clean the glass to remove all of the dirt that is sticking to the window. Finally, spray the window with water and press the bubble wrap in place with the bubble side facing the glass.
If you have issues with it staying in place, double-sided tape will work also.
Where to Find Bubble Wrap
Bubble wrap can be found for free at furniture stores and places that sell and display large items (bikes, canoes, ski equipment, etc.). They usually just throw the bubble wrap in the garbage, so you should have no problem if you volunteer to take it off their hands.
You can also purchase bubble wrap from any store that sells mailing or moving supplies.