Help me insulate my windows from the Florida heat/sun.
May 31, 2006 10:19 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to insulate my window/frame... can anyone help me devise a solution?
I live on the 2nd story of an apartment with a window that directly faces the sun. This is in middle Florida. The window is 70" wide x 6' tall. Basically, my room turns into a raging inferno by 9AM. We're talking at least 10-20 degrees hotter than the rest of the apartment (there are 3 other bedrooms), hot enough to melt chocolate. I've actually moved everything out of the way, set up a lawn chair and openned the blinds and tanned in the morning in my room.
Currently I have plastic blinds and a denim shower curtain to block out sunlight... and it is mildly effective at keeping the light out, but hardly effective at keeping heat out (it probably doesn't help that the shower curtain is black).
Between March and September every year we end up paying 10-30 dollars a month each in electricity overages, and I believe that this heat is a major source (we keep the AC around 75/77).
What I would like to do is have some kind of retractable insulation that could cover my entire window frame during most of the day, and could fold back when it begins to cool down. Is there some sort of thin, reflective film solution, that is flexible and affordable (50-100$ per window frame in the apartment)?