Winter is the time of year that most Indianapolis homeowners dread if their windows let in a draft from time to time. The unpredictable weather can put a damper on your electric bill. One popular DIY solution Hoosiers use is to shrink wrap your windows with plastic.
You can purchase these kits at your local hardware stores or maybe even Circle Center Mall. There are plenty of ‘how-to’ videos online to show you where to begin.
What’s the point of using plastic wrap?
Plastic wrap is a great solution to save money when you have drafty windows. Plastic does an excellent job of keeping whatever heat shows up in Indianapolis from escaping if it stays intact. But the problem is, it doesn’t always remain intact.
So, either you’re losing money out your windows without realizing it, or you need to rip all that plastic wrap down and put up another sheet.
While wrapping your windows in plastic is as easy and inexpensive as a deep-fried tenderloin, it’s not without some challenges.
It’s a lengthy process.
Be ready to spend a fair amount of time on this DIY project. If you put shrink wrap up on more than one window, it is a chore. We recommend making it a two-person job. That double-sided tape doesn’t like to cooperate at all.
It can be a real pain trying to get around a window frame, especially if you have the dry Indianapolis dust on it. Then, if you have only two arms, like most of us, getting that plastic wrap up takes as much finesse as the Pacers have regularly.
All this aside, the biggest issue with window plastic is what happens after it’s up.
If you have animals or children, the chances of the plastic wrap staying firmly in place are unlikely. It’s as much of a gamble as walking down 38th St after 8:00 pm. All it takes is one good game of hide and seek to turn your hard work into something that’s going to require much more effort.
Worst of all, you can’t patch a single hole in plastic wrap like you can with window screens.
Let’s not forget that plastic is not exactly environmentally friendly or, in many cases, safe when heated (not like they’ll need it in Indy). But fortunately, there is something that works better than plastic. Why not replace those old, drafty windows?
Window technology has come a long way from the construction of your Indianapolis home.
Not only do modern windows do a better job of preventing heat loss, but they are also built to last, especially when you get them from Window Nation. The windows we install are manufactured in the United States. And, when we build windows, we guarantee them to last longer than a lifetime against the harsh Indianapolis weather.
Quality replacement window solutions from Window Nation
Reach out to Window Nation today and start this year with a new outlook. Enjoy an Indianapolis view year-round from your plastic-less windows!