We have single-pane windows, but we don't want to spend $10,000 for
new ones. One alternative we're considering is putting down window
film. How effective is it at reducing heat loss? Does it block a lot
of natural light?
On Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:26:58 +0000, skybearer wrote:
I had a tenant once who complained about the cold. He said he even closed
the miniblinds and the room was still cold.
There is clear film which is applied around the window frame and then
shrunk to fit with a hair dryer. This seems to help keep the draft out
without cutting down light. Unless the film is optically clear, images
look blurry through it.
you could make a frame to fit snugly inside the window recess and stretch
the clear plastic film across that,instead of using dbl-sided tape to stick
the film to the window frame. Then you could remove the frame and store it
for later,like an outside storm window.
Also,IIRC,some of the window tint films have a low-e coating,lowering
thermal radiation thru the glass.
Spend the money on new windows!!! Do a few at a time. The difference
in comfort and noise reductuon is phenomenal. Will have te rest done
next spring. Great invenstment.
On Sep 17, 1:26 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On 17 Sep, 13:26, email@example.com wrote:
$10,000? I know it depends on your house, location and many other
factors, but I'm just curious...was that a quote that you got from
someone or just an assumption?
I was surprised how little I spent to replace 9 windows, doing the
work myself. I always thought it would be impossible to fit it into
the budget, but once I did my homework, I found out it wasn't that
bad. The sheer ease of just opening and closing each window, as
opposed to the constant wrestling with the screens and storms, almost
justifies the expense. I'll consider any savings in heating and
cooling costs as an added bonus!
It also depends on how long you plan to live there. If more than 5
years, updating the windows will be worth the investment. I recall
spending about $450 on additional insulation back in 1993, plus $120
on programmable thermostats. It turned out that I had made a very
wise investment. On really cold winter days, I roll up a blanket and
place it at the bottom of the front door--it really helps cut down the
For about $10 you can get permanently-mounted threshold sweeps (I think
that's what they're called) that screw to the inside bottom of the door and
push tight against the threshold when the door's closed. Stops the draft
every time you close the door, no bending over involved.
On Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:26:58 -0000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you have single pane windows the shrink wrapped film is well
worth it. For extra sealing use blue paint masking tape around
This will stop drafts and will insulate by creating a dead air space.
Light will still come through but images will be deffused.
They sell a specially formulated clear tape for use with window film-
stupidly expensive, but pulls off cleanly even on sunward-side windows that
go through 100-degree swings repeatedly. It'll be in the same aisle as the
film kits. I only film the windows in the cold bedroom, but seal the cracks
in the single-pane casements in the other (unused, closed off) bedrooms with
just the tape. Year three and no problems- the tape even stayed sticky
enough to reuse when I needed to open the windows to clean up the putty and
fix the storms. (I really need replacement windows, but then I would have
more in this place than I could get back out of it....)
I see nothing wrong with using the film as a multi-year temporary
solution for windows that don't open.
The longer-term solution is new windows, but if that's not in the cards
for a few years why not just leave the film up?
I don't see the connection. And no I don't use boxes for end tables, and I
don't keep the film on over the summer. By using the 3M film kit and the
tape that comes with it, I can peel the tape off just fine after a few
months. 3M is right - the difference is in the tape, as they say on the
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