Use it when I rent an old farm house in upstate NY, sure cut down on the
drafts and hence saved money. I have installed add-on storm windows to homes
also, but don't know the cost these days. I did a search for add on storm
windows and came up with numerous sites.
Watch for the bounce.
If ya didn't see it, ya didn't feel it.
If ya see it, it didn't go off.
Old Air Force Munitions Saying
It is better than doing nothing, but it is less effective than new windows
or storm windows.
There are other considerations too. How well do the windows work? Do they
stick, leak, are painted shut, look ugly, need painting? If you answer yes
to a couple of them, replacing the windows will cure a lot of problems and
add value to your house.
Window film helps with heating, looks ugly, makes it impossible to open
windows on nice days.
Consider replacing two windows at a time to help cash flow. Learn to replace
them yourself to save money. Check to see if your utility company offers
When we lived in the frozen north, the windows leaked something awful
and worse, they provided minimal insulation.
I wanted to put up plastic film on the windows to minimize the drafts
during the eternal bitter cold winters but my SO thought it was look
cheap & cheesy.
This was my solution:
Tongue and groove shutters. A full 1" thick. I started out with 1 1/2"
thick rough wood. Raised panels. Poplar wood. Air and light tight. I
priced out custom shutters and they were fantastically expensive so I
built them myself.
They did a terrific job. When I did open the shutters from time to
time, the inside of the windows were coated with a thick layer of ice
(meaning the heat from the room wasn't escaping).
Now that we live in the blistering hot south, I wish I could build them
again to keep the heat out but the studs are only 4" thick. Not deep
enough to install shutters.
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