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Old 12-10-2010, 09:37 AM   #1
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window covers/insulation

hey y'all,
I'm thinking of trying to make or find some insulated covers for our windows through the winter especially for use during the night. Then during the day opening those on the windows facing south to let some sun heat in. Is there something available outhere that I could purchase? If not, I was thinking I could easily take some bubble wrap insulation and sew it between our fabric of choice and just velcro it around the windows. We don't have any sort of covers/drapes at all right now.

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Old 12-10-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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Betsy,

My partner bought the car windshield reflectors (aka reflectix), and made a quilt with two layers of that, plus batting on one side. The put white nylon fabric on one side, silver fabric on the other, and black binding. It's stiff enough to hold itself in the windows, keeps a lot of heat or cold out/in (whichever you prefer) and it is washable.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:38 PM   #3
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I was looking at some batting material at a fabric store a few days ago that included a layer if silver mylar. Looks like it would be a great product for what you want to make.
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:53 PM   #4
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They make a bubble insulation that almost looks like bubble wrap, more air and reflective surface on each side. too stiff to incorporate in drapes but easy to make to custom cover windows overlap the edges and use velcro at the corners. ACE, HD or Lowes carries around here. Used in boat to help a/c handle summer load. Use an IR thermometer with a laser light and you will be able to pinpoint where the heat is escaping.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:01 PM   #5
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great! i'm taking a trip to town this evening and will check out options at both fabric and hardware stores. 2 of my favorite shopping spots actually, so i'm looking foward to it.

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Old 12-11-2010, 03:05 PM   #6
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I bought the bubble insulation in a roll that has silver on both sides and cut it to fit the windows. It fits and stays in place behind the curtains. When not in use it stores under the cushions. And NO the bubbles do not pop when the cushions are sat on. I bought the large roll and used less than half for all the windows in my 25 foot FB. Cost was about $20.00. And we also use in the summer.
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Reflectix...cut it for a snug fit on the windows and put it in from the outside. FWIW I use it more in the summer time to reduce the heat than in the winter.

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Insulating Curtain Material

Here's a product I've come across: Temptrol™ brand radiant curtains block heat from entering and exiting your house.
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I have used "Warm Windows" from JoAnns. It has a bubble wrap layer, quilting, mildew resistant fabric. You add whatever fabric you want on the inside layer. I've also used it along the wall around the bed so you aren't sleeping next to the cold aluminum.
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Staying Warm

If you want to stay warm there are many things to do.

Here is a good source of information.


Four Seasons RVing

Hope this helps.
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