Cheap storm windows - is that an oxymoron? Those of us in the Northern regions struggle with new ways to stay warm in the winter. I've been adding storm windows to my double hung windows to add one more layer between me and the bitter winter winds now blowing across the region. As I was speaking to one of my vendors about this activity, he pointed out a trick he used until he was able to put actual storm windows in place.
Key note here, this tip may not appeal to you aesthetically, but it works and it is quick and easy.
This vendor bought one of those window shrink-wrap kits and a roll of all-weather, rubber tape. Rather than put the plastic film across the window, he simply wrapped the window screen. Once he shrank the plastic in place, he installed the screen and used the tape to line the inside of the screen frame. He said each window took about 15-20 minutes to complete. By the time he was finished, he had a relatively tight seal and an extra layer between himself and the winter weather.
I tried this myself just to see how it work and was surprised to see the plastic on the screen fog up before I had a chance to seal the edges! The plastic is clear and really cuts the wind. So, regular storm windows can run up to $90 each. This fix added up to about $4 per window. It may not be the optimal solution, but for the short term, it certainly is something that can help.