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Gold Coast Handyman Hints - Bubble Wrap Double Glazing PDF Print E-mail
Written by David the Gold Coast Handyman   

With the weather in Hong Kong finally cooling down it’s a good time to think about how you can reduce your heating bills. With very few Hong Kong homes having double glazing a lot of heat is lost through windows. However, there is a simple, quick and very effective fix which gives you a temporary form of double glazing – bubble wrap! Bubble wrap simulates double glazing by adding an insulating layer of trapped air between the outside and inside of your home.

The view through the bubble wrapped window is fuzzy, so don't use it on windows where you need a clear view, but it does let plenty of light through.

 

Bubble wrap Window
The Aegean Coast and Harrow - the window on the right has had bubble wrap applied.

For preference we try to use bubble wrap with the larger bubbles as they have a larger layer of trapped air, but even smaller bubbles provide good insulation.

Installation

  • Cut the bubble wrap so it is slightly bigger then the window pane.
  • Spray a film of water on the window using a spray bottle.
  • Apply the bubble wrap (bubble side toward the glass) while the window is still wet and slide and press it in to place against one side and the top or bottom of the window.
  • Press down the rest of the bubble wrap, then cut off the excess wrap with a sharp knife.
  • To remove the bubble wrap, just pull it off starting from a corner.  You can save it and use it for several years.  It does not leave a mess or stains on the window glass.

Applying bubble wrap

Just spray the glass with plain water and apply the bubble wrap.

If a piece does start to come away just spray the window with water again and re-apply. A few small pieces of double back tape can be helpful on really stubborn windows, but usually the plain water spray is enough.

When Spring comes around and the weather starts to get warmer, as you remove the bubble wrap pieces from each window roll them up and then secure it with a piece of paper taped around the outside. Write down the name of the window, then put it away to use again next year.

Bubble wrap can be bought from stationary shops, Post Offices and removals companies.

 


If you don't have a hammer drill, or if you are not confident doing DIY then call David the Gold Coast Handyman, a native English speaker with over 30 years’ experience on 9261 9561.

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    Child safety locks installed

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Price - $750 including parts and installation

Can’t see what you need doing? Call  for a free repair estimate - 9261 9561

 
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