Best, Easiest, Most Attractive Way to Seal Windows? Bugs & Drafts & Inefficient heat/cool is driving me nuts.?

Long story short... I can't find an apartment in the City of Chicago that has windows that actually do their job. My new apartment, and by "New" I mean my first summer here, is owned by a Polish guy so, surprise surprise, he hired unskilled Polish Labor to "Upgrade" the windows, do the tile-work, etc. etc. etc. which means that nothing was done right and blind chimps might have been able to do a better job. (I'm from Arizona, I can tell Skilled Latino Labor from Unskilled Polish Labor from a mile away...) So anyways... I'm using the back bedroom as a den and put some planters in the window for herbs but the windows are so poorly installed that it is the wild freaking kingdom in there. I was able to put "Great Stuff" foam in around the wall-mounted Air-Conditioner to stop the bees from coming in but now I have spider mites on my plants and when I go in there in the morning, the bugs are, literally, just climbing in through the window frame. We are not "Dirty" people and there is nothing in that back room but file cabinets, storage, and the two planters that I'm going to empty anyways so there is no reason but temperature for the bugs to be coming in that window. So I want to take plastic sheeting, seal the windows, then put up curtains so I can't see that there is plastic. In the past, I used Translucent Sheeting for privacy but I have no need of that here and would like to use clear plastic to seal but I'm not sure how to do it in a way that won't hurt the walls like the packing tape and gaffers tape I used at my last apartment, when I pretty much WANTED to do damage to the walls around the windows. I like it here and want to keep things as nice as possible. How do you seal the windows, like most people here do in winter, without harming the frame? Thank you very much for any help you can provide! I searched 3M Window Sealing Kits and now I understand how it is done! It seems so simple in hind sight after learning about this product. No'Brainer... I know... But sometimes the obvious is too big to grasp until someone tells you specifically what to look for. So I need: 1. Double Sided Window Tape 2. Shrink Plastic 3. Hair Dryer I'm going to ask if there is anything thicker I can use to help with insulation but if not, I will go with the kids. THANK YOU for your answer!

Asked By: The Space Kitth - 6/22/2010
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You can seal around the windows with latex caulking and then use the 3-M windows sealing kits found at most hardware stores they work very well and after you install them they are almost invisible I have used them and highly recommend them.
Answered By: dadcat00759 - 6/22/2010
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there are products that painters use to tape of areas. they are low adhesive so they will not damage the wall but are strong enough to hold things in place
Answered By: tellme aboutit - 6/22/2010
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