Grandma's house had 'em. Ours is a new house (7 years old) with builder
basic vinyl windows. There's one huge (6050) picture window on the north
side that just sheds in soooo much cold air - it's unbelievable!!! In
winter, the cold air just cascades down the thing!
Budget's very tight - and I'm rather look for some inexpensive ways to
address the draftiness without looking at a replacement yet.
Put up some of that clear plastic sheeting - and it helped. But am now
looking for something that might last 3 or so years.
Watched an episode of This Old House where they had new windows going in a
historic house - and they had "energy panels" - essentially Storm Windows on
That got me thinking - does anyone think a storm window might be a
reasonable approach on this picture window?
You cam buy what is essentially a frame and removeable glass. They work
well for windows that do not open. I've not priced them for years, but they
used to be rather reasonable for what you got. The fram mounts inplace with
screws, the window fits in with clips that make it easy to take out for
Just put the storm on the inside. You can buy plastic strips at ACE
Hardware and probably other places, that allow you to cut them to fit
your window and put plexiglass into them. The finished window that
you make goes on the inside using clips screwed to the woodwork.
Or make yourself a wooden frame with plexiglass inserted into it.
Of course heavy curtains work well too, if they fit close enough to
the window. The problm is that most people use rods that make them
hang 6 or more inches from the glass. I have a drafty large window in
my house. In winter I put heavy curtains on it, but I screw the cloth
directly to the woodwork using wood screws and washers. If people
dont like the looks of it, too bad, they can pay my heating bill. It
looks much better than ugly plastic sheeting. In summer I leave it
screwed on the top and sides but tie it back to the sides of the
window. I never open this particular window, but like to see outside
in summer. In winter, I could care less to see a bunch of ugly snow.
The clear poly installed on the inside is super cheap & if you don't open
the window in the summer - you can just leave it up year 'round as it will
help with reduced air infiltration during the summer as well.
If installing the poly on the inside did not fully do the trick - you can
install poly on the outside - although it has to be installed in warmer
weather (above 50F) so the tape will stick to the window frame. I suppose
you could use a hair dryer to get the tape to bond if it is too cold right
now where you live. Finding exterior grade tape is much harder than the
interior tape. Be sure to remove this poly and tape in the spring as the
tape will bond to the window frame during the warm summer & it is then very
hard to get it off.
I put a couple of small holes in the poly at the top and bottom - using a
'lit then blown-out' match to melt the holes - This allows for vapor to
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