Over the past few years we have done a few posts on Winterization of your home. We have even touched on some window winterization tips in Matt’s post 10 tips for winterizing your home. One thing we didn’t go over was what to do for windows that are drafty due to thickness, or lack thereof. The window in my office (at my day job) sits directly behind my chair. It unfortunately is a single pane window that is now recently broken. Even on the best day the draft is enough to make me wear my coat most of the day or crank up a space heater to compensate for the draft. The window needs to be removed and taken to the glass cutter to get a new pane cut. Until we get a chance to get that done and while the window is removed we need something to help keep the cold weather from coming into the office. While it isn’t the most glamorous solution we went with an indoor window insulator kit. Not only are they easy to use they can be removed when you are done using them at the end of the winter season.Since our window frame is not flush on all 4 sides we screwed a scrap piece of wood to the wooden threshold of the window. If you are unable or do not want to screw into your frame consider purchasing an outdoor window insulation kit.Start by cleaning the facing of the window. You want to make sure that you have a good adhesion of the tape provided in the kit to the window. The last thing you need is the plastic pulling away and having to start over. Apply the tape to the face of the window frame. Use a credit card or similar type card to rub the tape down completely.At this point if you don’t have a helper I would make sure you have someone with you to help with this part. You can do it alone but it is so much easier with a second set of hands! Remove the protective covering of the tape from one side of the window. I started with the top. Carefully place the plastic over the tape keeping slight tension on the plastic so it doesn’t get all bunched up. Repeat the process on the other three sides of the windows until the tape is completely covering the window frame.When you are done with installing the plastic you may be left with some puckering of the plastic like I was. Good news is, this is a super easy fix! Most kits say you can use a hairdryer to smooth the plastic out but I have never had good results using this method and much prefer to use a heat gun. Heat guns can be tricky you want just the right temperature to keep from melting he plastic. This is why I am in love with the Digital Temperature Heat Gun by HomeRight. The manual has suggested settings for temperatures. The window covering recommendation was LOW. We started on low – 120 degrees and then moved up to the Medium setting and kept the temperature at 160. We needed a little extra heat due to the extremely cold temperatures outside the day we were covering the window. Once the Digital Temperature Heat Gun was ready to go we made passes over the plastic in a smooth sweeping motion, keeping sure to not stay in one place for too long. In a mater of minutes the plastic was tight and not even noticeable.
A digital temperature heat gun has so many other uses it really is something you need to add to your home tool collection. Check out this post from Stacy Risenmay – Not Just a Housewife, she uses a heat gun like I have never seen before and creates amazing ornaments! Gail over at My Repurposed Life has a great post with 25 different ways to use a heat gun! Trust me there is no shortage of inspiration there!
Still unsure about how easy this process is? Check out our video tutorial!
**GIVEAWAY COSED** In honor of all of these great heat gun projects the good folks over at HomeRight are giving us a Digital Temperature Heat Gun to giveaway! I hope you are as excited as I am! The heat gun kit contains a Digital Temperature Heat Gun, four steel plated nozzle attachments, and an all purpose scraper.
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