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draft.. put plastic on windows?

I rent a townhouse that has very old windows.. LL will not replace them so im thinking of puttng plastic over the wndows.. we are not aloud to put plastic outside.,. Can anyone tell me..should it be thick plastic? should i staple it? or just tape? when i lay on my bed or couch i can feel the draft and the curtans move.. these wndows are terrible!! any help on the whole insulating thing would be great.. i hate having my heat on 78 just to be somewhat warm cause all the cold ar is still blowng in.. for some reason the heating vents are close to the wndows.. defeats the purpose if you ask me..

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If you where one of my Dad's kids, this is exactly what he would tell you to do. Go To the Hardware Store ,get some Window Weatherproofing Clear Sheets. Those are made and supplied to the stores by Maclainberg Duncan,or MD company.You just put the clear sheets onto the glass and using a blow dryer,they shrink to make an exact fit. Very effective. Thanks Dad. Byee
May 11, 2017
I used to live in an apartment with the same problem but the one answer that asked about the glasing, Don't. What he is refering to is caulk if you want you can get a couple tubes of clear caulk (Yes they do make it, and no it is not silicone) and put a small bead around the edge of the window. This will help some but the window plastic that a couple of the oter people suggested works wonderfully.
May 11, 2017
go to a hardware strore and look for plastic that is specially made for covering windows. it has a double sided tape that attaches to the inside of the window and put the plastic up take a hair dryer and it's like a shrink wrap to make a tight seal. we did that over the weekend and WOW what a difference. i also live in a house (old) with horrible windows that let the cold right in. really made a difference in here....we are able to keep the thermostat set at 65 and its comfortable in here.
May 11, 2017
Alot of times the problem is the insulation around the window jamb. Remove the casing carefully and inspect the insulation. I suspect there is little or no insulation between the window and framework. Buy some spray foam and fill the void. Be care full not to get it on your hands. Replace the casing and check for drafts. If you still have drafts you can buy a window insulator kit. It comes with a light plastic film and double sided tape. Apply tape around casing and stretch film over as tight as you can without ripping the plastic. You can then use a blow dryer to shrink the plastic tight. This will allow you to still look out your window clearly. Your cost to fix each window should be around five bucks.
May 11, 2017
Have you checked the condition of the glazing around the windows? That's the putty that both holds the window in keeps the draft out.... you can get some from a hardware store patch where it's missing... use a putty knife, or even a butter knife... Get a deflector to direct the heat into the middle of the room- also hardware store, or maybe improvise something-
May 11, 2017

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