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Included: (1) 5.16' x 17.5' film sheet, (2) rolls of tape, 1/2" x 27.7 ydInsulates five 3' x 5' windowsLowers heating costs and saves energyApplies easily, shrinking tight, wrinkle-free and clear on glassIncreasing the R-value of single pane window by 90%
It's window plastic. Used for older windows to insulatate. Keeps warm air in and cold drafts out
This is basically a plastic film that you put over your window wells with double sided tape.. then you use a hair dryer to shrink/tighten it...
I've used them during Winters in DC and they've made a big difference..
I use the thin film plastic window insulation kits every winter, I love them. They are great because the seal out all the tiny cracks in old windows and create a psuedo-double pane window. I would start there because they are much cheaper than curtains.
Oh, ok! One of the easiest ways to winterize drafty windows is to get the plastic shrink-wrap stuff at a hardware store, something like this.
I've never liked the look of these but the second year in our RV I finally decided to plastic the windows. We went through the blankets and blinds and what not which helped. Once I sealed them up though, it was a huge difference in draft. It's cheap and easy to do. Get them at walmart, lowes etc.. I'm telling you, night and day difference.
Is it just called "winter window plastic?" (Just want to check before I go looking for it. Last time I asked for anything specific, I had to go through a couple of alternate names AND describe the item before they figured out what I was talking about).
EDIT! A post below linked the stuff. Oh derp is me. Link courtesy of /u/DrewFlan
You can't use insulating film?
You're saving some dollars, but your method isn't as efficient as 3M window plastic. I've used that stuff before and it's great. I'd rather spend a few extra bucks to get better heat retention, plus ya know, I enjoy being able to see out my windows and have that warm natural light come in. Since you aren't getting as much sunlight, how much extra are you using electric lights? In my opinion the 3M kit is the more frugal option.
It's called window insulation film, and sounds like you really need it!
You attach a sheet of plastic to the inside of the window frame using double-sided tape. Then you heat the film using something like a hair dryer so that it becomes more rigid and finishes the seal.
The stuff is sold online and of course and all the major home-improvement stores, here's an example:
Its a kit like this: https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
You attach it with the tape then use a hair dryer to shrink it.
Here's an example: http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
This can make a huge difference if you do a good job and blowdry it nice and tight.
I had some sticker shock on my December bill, over $400. No gas in the house though, all electric. It's an old house, built in the '20s and is a bit larger than yours. Original windows on the main floor but updated energy efficient windows on the upper floor. I only keep it at 65 while we're home and 61 while we're away. Not really sure about the insulation but the walls are all lathe and plaster so I'm not really keen on investigating that.
This month I'm focusing on plugging some airgaps and replacing the weather stripping on the doors. Also bought some of these for my main floor windows so we'll see how much that helps.
Similarly, you can use one of these kits, which are basically shrink-wrap for the window. You stick double-sided tape around the window, attach the plastic, and shrink it with a hairdryer. Unlike the blanket, you can still see through it, although you won't be opening the window until you take it down in spring.
I use a window insulation kit like this. I used them when I lived in Canada too. The gap between the window and the plastic you put up traps the air. I use those as well as curtains. Works well enough for me and I have cold urticaria and live in Nagano prefecture. Still alive! I've heard of peoples' windows cracking when they've taped something like the bubble wrap directly to it so I've been hesitant to try.
Heat shrink. Something like this:
Should be available at any neighborhood hardware store. Goes on with a hair dryer and does as good a job as anything else would.
If you don't care so much about sunlight, a heavy blanket would work best.
3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit for 5 Windows https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Kd.tybG6WQ7KC
5 windows, $18. I did exactly zero shopping around, so you can probably get it for less than that.
3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_3qhdAbTWQ0RRR
I live in an older mobile home. Insulating windows is essential to not freeze
It has been said by others, but let me repeat for emphasis: Layers. I know lots of people that bitch about the cold but only wear a coat over a T-shirt. Come winter, I'm wearing some kind of undershirt/thermal, a flannel/chamois/wool shirt, a vest and then a coat. Merino wool socks are awesome. Smartwool is the name brand, but you can find store brands that are much cheaper. I would suggest some kind of waterproof shoe or boot for the snow.
Get several pairs of gloves. You will lose them and going to the store with one glove sucks. I personally think glommits are the bee's knees. Warmth+dexterity when needed. Embrace the hat and have fun with it.
People have talked about a winter kit for your car, which is a good idea, but how about your house? If you have newer, quality windows (double pane Low E glass) you probably don't need to do anything, but if you live in an older house with old, drafty windows getting window film might be a good idea. If you have a drafty door, there are many adhesive-backed foam strip products to help seal those up.
Bundle up and try to enjoy winter. To me there are few things as beautiful as a crisp sunny day after a fresh snow, where everything sparkles and glimmers. So long as you're inside and drinking a cup of coffee that is.
EDIT: spaces after links.
Frequently stained glass gets protected by a sheet of clear plate glass outside of it. That would take care of the leakage problem.
I lived in an apartment (first floor of an old house) with stained glass windows and they had horrible leakage around the lead lines...you could literally feel a breeze close up to the window...my heating bill went to 1/3 when I sealed all the windows with that clear plastic film on the inside, but glass outside would have been much better. It was not mine to remodel though.
That house will definitely give you some character! You will be a tough skinned, fast walking, don't talk to anyone you don't know New Englander in no time!
But seriously though, New England is one of the oldest European occupied locations in North America, we have some old friggin' houses and apartments here. I'm in Rhode Island, although I'm in Boston constantly, but same deal applies. Here are some pro-tips for surviving winter in really old houses.
First, get yourself some shrink wrap plastic for the windows, it's in your local hardware store and even Amazon has some. Don't put this up until at least mid-October though, we can get random 70-80F degree days through Oct. 31, doesn't happen constantly, but it happens. You also want to get some under the door draft stoppers. You can get them for all outside doors or just the door to your bedroom, either way they help.
Next, get yourself multiple layers of blankets for the bed. I do this so I can pull them off/layer them up when late fall/early winter nights spike 55 degrees one night and 25 degrees the next. So it's sheets first, then a thin blanket, then a full quilt and lastly, a thick blanket that sits at the foot of your bed that can be pulled up when freezing at night (or left to just warm your feet). I have a fake fur one that is really thick for the last layer of defense.
Last, dress yourself in warmer clothes! As you are Canadian, I'm sure you can manage this, even if you are from a milder city. But dressing warmly in your own house is the most critical. I have ultra winter lounge pants, these in fact, which are very expensive, but you don't need those in particularly, you can just find furry pants like those. Wear those and thick wool socks when in your house or even sleeping (if it's that cold, I can't sleep in pants personally). I will wear these with a fake fur lined hoodie when home, so if it's really freezing cold you can pull the hood up.
That should help some! Welcome to New England and go Blue Jays...next year we'll get 'em (ugh). I'm a native New Englander but lifelong Jays fan (long story).
Assuming your windows are old/leaky and you can't modify or replace them, this is the way to go, OP.
It has clear plastic film that's a bit like shrink wrap and some double-sided tape. You basically stick a piece of the film over the entire window with some of the tape and then blast it with a hair dryer (optional) to tighten it up. It will stop any air from leaking through and be basically transparent.
I'm in the Fan, in a well-insulated apartment with central air. I just paid $122, kept at 74-75 all of July and August so far. So yours sounds right.
You could buy window wrap, or other simple insulation solutions like door snakes
Unless you want to keep it at 85 during the day, and bump down to 75 at night, it's probably going to be like it is now
Edit; actually get window wrap for the winter anyway. It cuts down on draftiness significantly. I even used to shove towels and shit in my door/window cracks because I love not shivering.
Window Sealing Kit
Window plastic: https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-Windows/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1481318689&amp;sr=8-11&amp;keywords=cellular+shades
To get you by the next two winters, buy the window insulation kits:
They go on easily, are good for all winter, and you'd be surprised at how well they reduce drafts and cold air coming into your home.
Polycryo is allegedly from the materials original usage as a window film insulation.
The second page of that thread suggests that Gossamer Gear made up the word.
However, there is no registration of either "polycro" nor "polycryo" in the USPTO Trademark System, which would indicate to me that it's a generic term for the material.
I also can't find any description of what specific material 3M or Duck uses.
Or you can use the product specifically designed for this purpose.
I mean yeah, your tip is good too if you are trying to insulate your tin roof shanty with found materials.
Here’s what it looks like as suggested by u/bloodshotnipples 3M 2141BW-6 Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_rOPYDbMBJ0CYP you apply it with the adhesive and usually use a hair dryer to get it nice and sealed.
These will be your best friend. It's like saran wrap that you wrap the window frame (and window) in. You use a hairdryer to get it all tight and it creates a pocket of air for insulation. It doesn't help quite as much with sound, but it's shocking how well it helps with heat retention. That and curtains will help immensely (and will help with sound too) look for really thick ones, or the "blackout AND insulated" ones and it will help with heat and noise.
Or you can get a space heater, those things rock.
You also can talk to your roommate about it. "Hey, I've noticed it's been a bit chilly lately--" and see what happens.
I hope you get warm soon! Enjoy basking in your showers in the meantime!
That, along with some doublestick tape will probably do the trick. BUT if I had my choice, I prefer this stuff because it's shrinkable and crystal clear. I've used it with excellent results in a house that was built in the 19teens and was drafty as heck.
Big box stores (Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, etc) should sell something comparable.
I don't think the stuff is that expensive.
This is what I suggest.
This is enough for 90 Square Feet.
You said you have a door to cover right? Assuming that the door is 36x80" you'd have enough film to cover (at least) four entry doors.
So I would say two boxes...that's like $25 plus the cost of painter's tape...so to be safe I would think you can do all of it for less than $50.
Methinks there is more to this story because it's unlikely that a landlord would threaten an eviction in a smoking suite for smoking.
I can tell you this - you win more bees with honey. You're not going to get a positive reaction from your landlord by trying to force her to do anything let alone a maintenance item that may easily not be considered 'serious' at least, not in the sense of safety it's not.
If I were you, I would write an email to the landlord saying that the drafty window is bothering you and would it be ok if you covered the window with plastic film to keep it from drafting all winter.
This stuff goes on in about 5 minutes, and it's very effective in sealing off a drafty window. You peel it off in spring. No big deal. Problem solved.
If you're nice, the landlord will probably let you deduct the cost off your rent. If she's still pissed, well, it's only 20 bucks.
Sounds like one of those places you could heat and heat and still not be real warm. Those old homes were meant for wood stoves and steam radiators. My grandmother had an old coal boiler in her home and when it was going you'd have to throw open all the windows.
Covering the windows with window plastic should pay for itself. Also, weatherstripping any leaks in exterior doors is fairly easy to DIY.
They sell plastic sheets with double sided tape... it goes around the window and use a blow dryer to take wrinkles out of plastic, done!
Adds a layer of air insulation. Really helps stop drafts
Depending on how good your windows are, you might consider covering them with a plastic film such as the one linked below. That could help your heat pump keep up in these cold days. You could also get a space heater of some sort to help out in the rooms you are in at the time.
Here you go I usually get mine at a Home Depot. We have a big drafty house it cut the bill down by $50 a month.
Low hanging fruit?? Put some shrink plastic on the windows.
The tape may take off paint in the spring so tape where it will be easy to touch up.
Hardware stores, Lowe's, and probably Walmart have cling wrap. Measure your windows before you go, get a wrap a little bigger than the window, and apply with a hairdryer. Honestly, windows are so expensive that it's not worth fighting with your landlord to have them tell you no anyway—not legal advice.
3M 2141BW-6 Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=cm_sw_r_fm_apa_i_zqJVDbDW0ZH52
Yeah, fireplace should be closed up - possible to lose more heat up the chimney than it provides. Is the damper closed? You can also stuff some insulation up into the chimney as a stop gap (don't want heat sucking up out of the house).
Now might be the time to put plastic on your windows. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
Can make a big difference if your windows are drafty.
Also, curtains. The thicker the better, but any curtains are better than no curtains. Just close 'em up at night and they'll reduce the amount of heat your house radiates out to the night sky through the windows.
Easiest & cheapest way is to get something like this to seal it up for the winter. It's not a permanent fix and you'd have to repeat it each winter, but it does work and work pretty well (especially for what you in Fla would call 'cold' :) )
Available at any home store. Works great, cheap, removable.
These save me every year! Seriously!
I'm a professional mechanical engineer and a Certified Energy Auditor per the AEE.
Here's a couple things I did for my house that helped. They might help you.
Weatherize the garage: Add a floor threshold to the garage. Best done in the summer. Replace the weather seal on the top and sides. Replace the garage door threshold. All Amazon links. Measure your door and get the correct dimensions. I just linked to general items.
Weatherize your outlets and light switches: All holes through the wall allow tempered air to leak out. (nice warm air in the winter, nice cool air in the summer). With a flathead screwdriver, you can add gasket seals to all of your switches and outlets to reduce air leakage.
Weatherize doors and windows: If there are doors and windows that you don't use often, or don't use for a season, seal them off. If you use a door more frequently, there's lots of draft dodgers to help seal the door. Growing up, if it got super cold, we'd take a spare down comforter and nail it to the wall, totally covering the door.
As far as thermostats go, changing out the thermostat to a wifi thermostat and/or a programmable thermostat will go a long ways towards energy savings. Nest is definitely the best thermostat out there, but I recognize that it's the most expensive. In my opinion, the Nest is the best one because it has the best developed home/away sensors, has a clean and slick easy-to-use app (even for 8 thermostats like you'd have), and easiest to use scheduler. Don't change just one thermostat. Change all of them. At the very least, change the thermostat to a programmable one.
In general, it would help to go through the weatherproofing page of Amazon and buy and install anything that applies to your home and apartment.
As far as capital equipment, replacing boilers with condensing boilers can help, but remember that condensing boilers provide the most savings at the
temperature extremes.during shoulder seasons. Consult a local professional mechanical engineer to determine if they will really benefit your location.
edit: had a brain fart when i wrote this. condensing boilers provide the most savings at the shoulder seasons. take a place like Fairbanks, AK, which, aside from this winter, generally spends most of the winter at the design outdoor temperature of -40. a condensing boiler operating at the design limit doesn't provide any more savings than a "standard" 80% AFUE efficient boiler. just doing my part to avoid spreading misinformation on the internet.
If you aren't properly insulated, speace heaters won't help much.
Do you need to use the door? If not, you're better off doing a full plastic liner. Same with the windows
What is a tin window?
Use the shrink wrap stuff.
Do you want to let light in?
Do you want MAXIMUM INSULATION(without actually rebuilding the house)?
Get a few blocks of this stuff and use it to cover your windows.
But really, what you want to do is make sure that your windows are all well caulked, that your doors fit well and things like that.
Cutting down on the air coming into your room around the windows will do a lot for helping keep you nice and toasty this winter.
People normally buy window insulation kits like this. They also sell them in patio door sized sheets, which can easily be cut down to fit most larger tents.
Indeed. However, if you've ever lived in a leaky apartment with electric heat, that can result in 3 very high electric bills.
Anyways, in my experience, Austin Energy doesn't help with apartments. Talk to your landlord, they may be able to help.
If you must DIY, which is pretty likely, the film can be obtained via Amazon for notably less than local purchase.
You can also install polyisocyanurate insulation on single-pane windows to further prevent heat transfer. Cut to press-fit into the window frame, then use duck tape to form an air-tight seal around the frame. It's pretty easy to work with, a boxcutter will make clean cuts through it. This helps a lot with through-the-glass heat transfer, but not with leaky window frames. You'll want to use paper to line the insulation (on the outside) to avoid complaints from the landlord, since you want to face the foil outwards for best results.
If you're like me and can't stand the cold, and like your apartment toasty in the winter, look for a unit with gas heat on your next move. Electric heat is way too expensive... Gas is more effective and significantly less expensive.
So, there is a bunch you can do. Some of it is dependent on how much you have to spend and what the owner (maybe you, maybe not) is willing to do.
Your most cost effective bet is to a product like this on your windows. This will really cut down on drafts.
You can add drapes that cover much of the walls, which will help, but only marginally. This would be more expensive and should be done on top of the plastic film.
If you don't own the apartment, you can ask your landlord to do something about it, including putting in new windows or blowing in insulation.
As others noted, keep the door opened and make sure your vents are open. You can also use ceiling fans to improve air circulation.
I would generally avoid heaters as they can be fire hazards, but if you have to use one, buy one that is the appropriate size.
Hardware store should sell kits of plastic you can install on inside of window for added insulation. How old is the house? Earlier than around 1970 and it will have almost no insulation at all.
How is the insulation in the place? Maybe convincing the landlord to let you add a few more inches of attic insulation might help.
You could also get thermally insulated blackout curtains. They reject more light and heat than blinds.
If you have single pane windows, consider window insulation film. https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
This is good and here's what I would do.
Window Insulation Kit.
Their ugly and a pain in the ass, but they really do reduce the amount of cold coming through your windows. You don't have to cover every window in the house, just the ones that matter, like one right next to your bed or maybe your bathroom.
For about $20, you can get this. It's enough to do 5 3'x 5' windows. Or you can buy the tape by itself.
The 2 principles you need to understand in insulating a house are conduction and convection. To (over) simplify, if you place your hand against something, a door, window, wall, ceiling, floor, and it is notably colder than the ambient air of the house, then it is conducting the cold. (Actually, it's conducting the heat out of the house, and leaving cold behind, but never mind the distinction.) But if you have an actual air transfer, there's a draft anywhere, then that's convection. Warm air is leaving, cold air is entering.
Windows and doors are considered the main culprits of heat loss not necessarily because of conduction, but because of convection. They don't seal the opening tight enough, and air leaks by them. So this is the first thing you look for, is places where the air is leaking past or through something. And it's not always the windows and doors. Finding and sealing them is your first priority. Now that may be the windows and doors if they are of poor quality, or not the best possible installation. But that's generally not true of a 10-15 year old window, and you've had them inspected. If a window is leaking air around the panes, then the interior glass may feel a lot colder not because it's conducting cold, but because the convection around it is cooling the interior of it.
Windows and doors will also conduct heat/cold. But so will walls, foundations, and ceilings. If someone in your area does an energy audit inspection, you might want to do that, in order to find which is your house's weakest points. And then concentrate your efforts and costs there first.
If your windows are leaking air, then the simplest, easiest, least costly, short term fix is clear window covering plastic. Which you put on in the winter and remove in the summer. If your windows are conducting cold, then heavy drapes, like the other user said, will reduce airflow past the window, and reduce the problem. That's less work and cost, and a less permanent change than what I think the shutters you're talking about would be. And then eventually change the windows.
But you should also be looking into other sources of heat loss. They may matter more.
As to your patio door, older sliding glass doors have a habit of not being very air tight. Having a closed porch beyond it would help. Switching from a sliding door to a hinged glass door would probably provide better air seals. Or you could put a plastic sheet over the whole thing for the winter.
Putting another 6-8 inches of insulation in the attic is often one of the cheapest improvements you can make. Reinsulating the walls can be costly, but in an older house can make a lot of difference. Sealing any gap where the house meets the foundation is an overlooked, but important step. As is insulating basement walls.
Have you tried plastic sealing the windows? It REALLY helps. Not the right size, but you get the idea. No damage and easy to remove in the spring when you want to use the window.
You had a crazy day, I hope you can relax a bit!
First question, do you own or rent the condo? This will play a major role in what you can or cannot do.
For windows, you can get a window insulation kit to put around the windows. This creates an air barrier between the window and the film that acts as insulation.
>Is there a way to figure out where the inneficiencies are in the house, other than running your hand around the joints and feel for air. And how can I fix them?
If you own the condo, look into your local electric company and see if they offer any sort of home energy audit. Worst case, you could pay to have one done. They typically run a blower door test and can determine where the leaks are with a smoke machine or puffer. They may also use a FLIR camera to look for signs of leaks due to temperature differences. They will suggest fixes for the house, and offer up what you can expect to save vs what it will cost you to do the repairs.
Get yourself a few of these and you’ll be dialed.
Air seal your windows with plastic if they are even a little drafty using something like a window sealing kit: https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
Get a electric blanket for your bed: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005J9CEW4
Put a blanket on the water heater too: https://www.amazon.com/Frost-King-SP60-Insulation-Blanket/dp/B000DZKW4G
Put plastic weather seals on all of the windows in the two cold rooms. http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1415047492&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=plastic+weather+window+seal
buy some of that insulated clear plastic that goes over the windows.
> We would be improving the value of the house and improve the insulation with good windows
How much are you expecting to save per year in power cost and how much would it increase the home value? I don't think it's wise to sink $10-15k unless you know exactly when it will pay itself off.
You can address the efficiency issue in the short term with these while you save up for replacement windows.
>temporarily this winter
Install a window insulation film on the trim.
For permanent, that window looks fairly old. Do you have access under the deck if you want to seal it off, or to replace the window and seal it from the outside?
Omniheat technology from Columbia Sportswear. Highly recommend. Get the jacket, and the snow shoes. Lightweight but super warm because it reflects your own body heat back at you.
Plastic on the windows is a great energy saver
At least 2 ice scraper/snow brush combo tools. One in the car and one in your home
An electric throw blanket for the couch
Mug warmer for tea/coffee at your desk or also home
Depending on the size/shape of the windows, a product like this might do the trick. https://www.amazon.ca/3M-2141W-6-Indoor-Window-Insulator/dp/B00002NCJI
You can find them by searching for Window insulator kit.
It’s double sided tape and plastic film. You put it in place, then hit it with a hair dryer to make the plastic shrink. When it is all tight it’s mostly invisible.
Get yourself that shrink plastic film to make an interior storm window. And get some weatherstripping for the door. Electricity is expensive heat and you don't want to waste it.
Maybe get some of that insulating film for windows? You stretch it over the window (or in your case, the screen) and then use a hair dryer to smooth out any wrinkles or stretch marks.
If you are in an apartment you may not have some of the options for winterproofing that people are outlining below. Get to Home Depot or your local hardware store and look for Window Insulators or weather kits. Something like this kit. Basically it's a sheet of plastic that you tape to the edges of your window and seal/smooth with a hair dryer. I've had to do this in my apartments and it makes an IMMENSE difference if you have drafty windows. Be careful when removing them in the spring so you don't pull off paint.
It's special film and it's very cheap at your home improvement store. It comes in a kit with tape and you stretch it with your hair dryer. It works great.
An item like this may help slightly
Also make sure the storm windows are shut if the flat has them. As someone else mentioned electric space heaters for the most commonly used rooms while your in them, dress warm and keep the heat low. It's not worth the time effort money to insulate if your renting. If there are fans in the space, some have a reverse option which will pull the heated air down circulating the warmer air.
On the fashion side include a set of boots for city streets with slush traps. The slush sits on top and looks like solid snow, but really you have a 2-3 foot ditch that's filled with disgusting ice cold filthy water.
I like some long underwear as well for the holy shit cold days that come eventually.
Depending on your house you may look at a roof rake so that a large snowstorm does not cause serious damage.
If you have cold spots in your house, use a fan to guide central heat there. Also I HIGHLY recommend these window insulation kits, they will save you hundreds of dollars on heating and usually allow rooms to get hotter as well.
These types of things pay for themselves pretty quickly in heating costs and let you keep your plants near the windows. http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
They are really handy in old or lower quality structures that use single pane windows.
I won't pass on any tips that are useful to me up here in Northern Alberta, but I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, with winters significantly milder than Northern Ohio and Western New York because of the lake effect.
In short, no matter the age of the windows, this stuff will significantly lower your energy consumption: http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Insulator-Kit-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
Where I last lived in the Hamilton, Ontario area, we did the bedroom windows the first year and it went down 10%. The next year we did the bedroom and kitchen and it went down 20%. The last year in that house we did all of the windows including the basement and it went down 45% from year 1.
The kit I linked to is just an example though. There are other, cheaper brands which can do about as good a job for less. It'll take you about an afternoon to do a house your size probably, and about $100-150 in material every year, but it's pretty worth it.
The funny part is that where I live now, this would likely lead to cracked windows or at least trapped moisture because the difference between outside temps and inside can be as much as +/- 70C/158F
That's just moist air from inside, condensing against the cold glass. It might be a sign that the seal's broken between the panes of glass (if they're double-pane argon windows or the like); or it might just be that your interior humidity's too high; or it might just be that it's way too f'ing cold where you live.
Regardless of the cause, you can either:
Buy them a pack of these and some duct tape. The double sided tape that comes with it sucks, but you can get a good seal with duct tape.
I would hope they have a pair of scissors and a hair dryer in their apt. Make sure they know not to cook the plastic too much or they will just burn a hole in it and ruin the air bubble.
Edit: Also, tell them to put it on the interior wall frame and not the metal of the window frame. there needs to be a good pocket of air in between the glass and the plastic.
If TSCC won't pony up with the landlords number make them pay for the damage the duct tape will eventually do to the paint.
Do you have an attic?
I would tackle insulating the ceiling first.
Another thing is to make sure your windows are not leaky
3M 2141BW-6 Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_XI9UDbZD0JC2D
If it's a cold draft actually coming through the window, I would just use some window wrap like this stuff from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
If it's radiated cold air just penetrating through the window pain, I would move the plant further away from the window.
Here's a tip from Wisconsin, USA (-20C during winter). Tape a big sheet of plastic over the window frame. http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
If you do it right, you won't be able to see the plastic and your place will stay warm with less energy use. Or just get better windows.
Something else that worked for me was sealing up my window with these. You stick the film on with tape and then shrink it with a hair dryer. Even if you aren't able to put the film up over that particular hole, putting it over the windows will help quite a bit.
http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1389974208&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=window+insulation+film&amp;tag=apartmentth0a-20 Or use something like this, my father used to do it on some of our windows in Canada.
for the windows, I recommend this: http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI you can find similar ones at Home Depot or Lowes.
Just get an electric heating pad and strap it to your chest or back or something. They only cost about £13 (I hope I converted that right - $20 US).
And/or, get a window insulation kit. They're just sheets of plastic and double-sided tape, and they keep draughts out and warm air in. And there are other things you can do to insulate your place. Or if there's nothing more you can do, you've gotta complain about it to someone who can fix it.
Don't treat the symptoms, treat the disease!
The best things to keep you warm are probably:
A down comforter (real feathers, not alternative).
Space heater (this one happens to be kid safe).
And a window insulator kit.
Brace yourself, winter is coming.
Here you go!
I'd offer to pay for it myself as it's not expensive and may keep them from escalating. Here is an example: 3M 2141W-6 Indoor Window Insulator Kit, Five Pack (3' X 5') https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00002NCJI/
Do you mean this kind of thing? https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
My concern is that it wouldn't be very durable, and that it might get dirty / warp the view somehow.
Yup. Truth, common here that in NYC renters buy their own ac units.
We've got maybe another month of cool weather ahead of us, but you should highly consider putting up some insulation. These are for windows but same principle would work here: http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1458664828&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=plastic+insulation
Pretty easy to put up and can have a pretty large effect on the amount of heat you're losing.
In addition to all this, you could drop the Tyvek and use a polycro sheet as a ground cloth which will save you 2oz at $4/oz.
Also your tights are pretty heavy. Unless you sleep really cold you can get a [lighter pair] (https://www.amazon.com/TM-P33-BBZ-X-Large-Tesla-Wintergear-Compression-Baselayer/dp/B01LWSPKSI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1492774941&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=tesla+tights). Mine weigh 4oz for size small. That saves you 3oz at $5/oz.
maybe get that plastic stuff for the windows, http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1416166640&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=plastic+window+insulation&amp;pebp=1416166642069
I would get blackout curtains, at least for windows that get a lot of sun during the day. They'll keep your apartment cooler.
In the winter there are window insulation kits - something like this though I picked that at random as an example, shop around to find good prices and good reviews. They'll help keep your apartment warm in the winter.
I moved up from the south 2 years ago and had the same questions for /r/boston
In typical fashion.......they did the same thing they are doing to you. Laughing, and being dicks instead of trying to help.
My place was old, the heaters were not working, and their were leaking windows everywhere. I bought this
I very legally could have gone to the housing authority and reported my landlord for the lack of adequate heating (and broken radiators) but decided that this stuff worked just fine. First winter I couldn't get the house above 62, and some rooms I am sure were much colder. The electric and gas bill was insane.
Second year we just don't even bother using the radiators at all, we use the space heater, a heating blanket, and sealed all the windows and doors (balcony) with that caulk. The house was still cold, but we were warm. This seems to be a common tactic up here, heat yourself not the house.
I also looked into buying one of these bed heater, but I don't want to sweat in the middle of the night and the bedroom is pretty easy to heat with that space heater.
Good luck. Also, most people up here can be dicks when it comes to heating/cold complaints. Just sit back and laugh at what these people call a severe thunderstorm, most of them would shit their pants if they ever experienced a regular summer storm in the south.
Hmmmm... link still works for me, but basically it is shrink wrap for windows (here is the product on Amazon). You place the plastic over the window, then use a hair dryer to seal it around the edges
In that case I think you're going to be paying some big bills in the winter time. I would look at sealing up openings, and keep the thermostat low. Wear jackets indoors and get a nice warm blanket :)
We've used this stuff over our drafty windows and saved quite a bit on our power bill.
Is it in the lease? And in the meantime, these work wonders for me in NJ
To buy some time on the windows, you can try using this. Most people equate this with heating in the winter but it will also help with drafty windows in the summer.
I didn't think to mention sunlight, are the rooms getting a lot of direct sun? Heavy window shades will help with that if that is an issue.
You can get the landlord to help you out, although it might be like pulling teeth. My suspicion is that they'll come in, crank the heat to 80 with your bedroom door open, go into your room, measure the temperature, and tell you to quit whining. Obviously, living without privacy and/or with the rest of your roomies' living in a tropical sauna isn't the best plan.
Some self-help techniques that might solve the problem for now would include (plastic-ing over the windows)[http://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI] or getting a space heater for your room.