Ideas to Insulate Basement Windows
Hold onto the heat in your basement
By Sylvia Cochran
Just like the other windows of a home or business, basement windows may contribute to heat loss in winter. During the cold season, their interior glass portions could register a 5- to 20-degree Farenheit difference when compared to the room's overall temperature. Insulating your basement windows prevents the temperature from the window panes to cool down the rest of the space; this allows you to cut down on the time you spend heating up the basement, which in turn reduces your energy costs.
Cover Unused Basement Windows
If your basement is merely a storage area and you do not spend a lot of time in it, consider covering the basement windows with insulation. Because this product is easily removable, this option works well if you are looking for a quick fix but might reconsider your choice later on. Clean your basement windows well and apply stick-on ornamental window coverings. When you look at the basement windows from the outside, these window coverings create the attractive illusion of stained glass. Purchase fire-resistant insulation because it helps to act as a barrier against fire; cut it to fit inside the interior window well, and secure it with duct tape. Then cover the insulated basement windows with attractive shades or curtains to mask the insulation.
Replace Windows with Glass Blocks
Replace inefficient basement windows with glass blocks. They provide ample light while at the same time preserving your privacy. This is a good choice if you use your basement as an office, recreation area or as part of a home's general living space. If you have small basement windows that sit high above the basement floor, consider working with an architect to enlarge the window space and fill it with glass blocks. This increases the light you may enjoy in this space. Glass blocks come in a wide array of styles. You may plan your windows to be in tune with your overall decor by opting for slightly tinted blocks, those that feature designs or even blocks that have exterior etchings to add texture to the interior. Create airflow in your basement by installing vents in the glass block windows.
Apply Bubble Wrap to the Glass
When it comes to insulating visually pleasing or newer windows, opt for commercially available Bubble Wrap you would use for packing and shipping. This is an easy practice that finds a lot of application in the insulation of greenhouses during the winter months. Cut a piece of Bubble Wrap to fit your window's glass pane. Clean your windows well and then spray on a light mist of water. With the windows still wet, gently press the Bubble Wrap against the glass. Make sure that the bubbles face to the outside, while the continuous plastic backing faces you. When spring comes, simply remove the Bubble Wrap and save it for fall.
About the Author
Sylvia Cochran is a regular contributor to DexKnows, specializing in home and garden.
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