While investing in new windows or blinds may be the best way to increase efficiency from your windows, sometimes a quick and easy solution may be necessary. Some years winter blows in earlier than expected, and some years life takes over and you forget you need to prepare. Either way, we’ve put together a list of a few easy ideas that can help keep your home a little warmer this winter.

  • Use bubble wrap on your windows. While it may sound silly, bubble wrap has the similar effect you get from a cellular shade, which is essentially using the bubbles as a barrier to keep the cold air out of your house. Attach the bubble wrap to the edges of your windows with a double-sided tape, that will easily remove at the end of the winter. This idea is great for a window that is drafty right near a bed or table.
  • Use a draft stopper designed for the bottom of a door on any windows that are exceptionally drafty. This will allow you to keep out the cold air with no installation required.
  • Use caulking. While this sounds a little more advanced, it really isn’t. Use the caulking to fill any obvious holes/gaps around the opening of all of your doors and windows. While there may just be small holes or gaps, filling them can make a world of difference.
  • Use inexpensive shower curtains for bigger windows or sliding doors. While it may not be the most attractive solution, a shower curtain can cover a large amount of space fairly easily, while again creating a barrier from the cold weather.
  • Remove any window AC units. While this may seem obvious to some, you are letting in a huge amount of air through the AC unit, therefore, when the wind starts to blow and the temperatures are below freezing, you are getting cold air in and losing your heat right out the windows!

Keep in mind, none of these solutions are as good as replacing drafty old windows, or investing in insulating shades, but when winter comes knocking these will keep the cold out for a little while longer!