Lower your air conditioning bills and your heating costs by applying insulating film to your windows. It's as easy as washing them!
- TIP: If you're having trouble separating the clear backing from the film, place a small piece of clear tape on each side of a corner of the film and pull them apart.
- Step 1: Remove the backing from the film. Have your helper center the film at the top of the windowpane, sticky side on the glass, and spray it with the solution.
- Step 2: Starting at the top center, pull the squeegee down to smooth away bubbles. Using the blade or utility knife, trim the film on all sides to within 1/16 inch of the window frame. Spray the film again, and squeegee out any remaining bubbles.
- Step 3: Let the film sit for a week before touching any windows. The film lasts about 10 years, and can be cleaned with a soft cloth and non-ammonia window cleaner.
- FACT: Did you know? Insulating films prevent your window treatments, furniture, and rugs from fading by blocking out up to 99 percent of UV rays.
- TIP: Spray your hands and your helper's hands with the cleaning solution, too; it will help prevent you from leaving fingerprints on the film.
- Step 4: Saturate the window with the same shampoo mixture you used to clean the windows. The window should be dripping wet.
- TIP: Avoid applying the film during the heat of the day, since the sun could dry the film too quickly, causing streaks.
- Step 5: Get insulating window film at your local hardware or home improvement store. Make sure it's "low-emissivity," which keeps heat out in summer and blocks cold in winter. The film is slightly tinted, but clear enough to see through.
- Step 6: Stir a teaspoon of baby shampoo into a gallon of distilled water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray it on the windows and wipe them with a lint-free cloth. Don't wash them with vinegar or ammonia; applying those liquids shortly before applying tinted film could damage it.
- TIP: A coffee filter works perfectly as a lint-free cloth.
- Step 7: Using a blade or utility knife, cut a piece of film that is the size of the window, plus an extra inch all around.
- Step 8: Measure your windows, and then add 15 percent to the total square footage, to determine how much film you need.