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Q & A: Which works better to insulate a home–weatherstripping around window edges, or plastic on the window?

Question by liz w: Which works better to insulate a home–weatherstripping around window edges, or plastic on the window?
I have already filled the cracks around my windows with removable caulk weatherstripping to prepare for winter in northern Wisconsin. Should I have used plastic (the sheets of plastic that can be taped to the border of the window and dried with a hairdryer to shrink them to fit exactly)? Also, would it be helpful to do both? Please include your own personal experiences!

Best answer:

Answer by Irv S
The weatherstripping cuts down on air infiltration.
Putting up the plastic sheets creates a dead air space
and will help a lot more.
(N. Wisconsin..Brrrrr.)

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3 Responses to Q & A: Which works better to insulate a home–weatherstripping around window edges, or plastic on the window?

  1. paul h

    Weather stripping or caulking goes a long way in cutting down air infiltration or heat loss….. a 1/4 inch crack that is 7 feet long, like for a door, is the same as a hole 5 inches square.You can let a lot of cold air in through that. Covering single pane window openings with shrinkable plastic helps a lot too by creating a space of dead air between the window and the inside or outside to help insulate from the cold and lower heat loss….some people, like me, do both in and out….especially on northern or western facing windows. I also place a row of bricks at the bottom in the space between the window and outside storm on windows facing the sun to capture radiant heat from the sun to warm that enclosed space and have less heat transfer from inside. If you’re lucky enough to have a south facing window or many, you can build a cheap solar heater that goes below the window and vents warmed air into that window opening to help heat the house.

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Green-Homes/1977-09-01/Mothers-Heat-Grabber.aspx

    http://www.solar-components.com/SOLARKAL.HTM

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Renewable-Energy/1976-09-01/This-Solar-Heater-Pays-For-Itself-Every-Five-Weeks.aspx

  2. noitall

    both are very helpful and work in different ways. I’d do both

  3. pickmefirstplz

    40% of heat that is lost is thru the windows. plastic sounds like a great idea

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