Pros of Bubble Wrap As Insulation

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Pros of Bubble Wrap As Insulation
Bubble wrap can insulate your entire home. (Getty Thinkstock)

Although bubble wrap is commonly known as a way to protect fragile items when you are shipping boxes, it has also been used to insulate greenhouses for decades. It can also be used to insulate the attics or windows of family homes at nearly half the cost of traditional installation.

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Handling/Installation

Do-it-yourselfers often find it easier to use and cut bubble wrap to the size they need. Bubble wrap is virtually weightless when spread out into sheets, compared to other forms of insulation. Cutting it to the size and shape you want is a benefit when you have irregularly shaped windows.

Temperature Control

When cooler objects are near, heat gravitates towards it. This is often the window. Windows that are not insulated are ravaged by the cold outside. They replace the heat loss by sucking the warm air out of the room into the glass. Controlling radiant heat transfer has shown better results in bubble wrap than traditional insulation. It reduces your heating bill by helping to retain heat in your house much longer. The molecules of air inside the bubble are constantly moving. Molecules don't transfer temperatures from one to another. It can even be used to wrap cold items to keep them cold longer.

Safety

As other forms of insulation may be more conducive to mould, fungus and mildew, bubble wrap is not. It eliminates your family's risk of illness because of exposure to mould and fungus particles. Rodents and insects aren't inspired to create nests in bubble wrap as they are in softer forms of insulation. Your family avoids the diseases that rodents may carry and transfer. Your windows are protected because bubble wrap won't cause scratches.

Price

Bubble wrap is cheaper than traditional insulation. A 60-foot roll of bubble wrap at retailers like Home Depot or Lowes will cost you around £9, while you can pay twice as much for the same amount of traditional insulation. It can easily be taken down after the extreme weather seasons and reused the next season, making it a more sound investment. Its multipurpose use also adds to the value of bubble wrap as traditional insulation can't be used to protect plants from drastic temperature changes, can be used as solar heaters when used to cover pools and can also protect your car windows from ice while you sleep at night.

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