I rent the current house, so I can't replace the very-old single pane
The energy loss is apalling. I put a sunshade-material over them, which
helps reduce the los of some cooling, but not much. The neighborhood
brownshirts "prohibit" the use of window film such as bronze SolarStat, so
the rental management company
I was thinking of getting plastic panels, sticking weatherstripping on one
side, jamming that up against the outside on the wondows/windowframes and
would that actually do anything to insulate them? In theory, it seems that
it ought to create a dead air space, but is that actually how it'd work?
I'd look into a bronze-tint one that'd hopefully also reduce glare and
reduce some of the infared exchange.
((It isn't, after all, window film...))
Thanks in advance,
A. Start a new thread if you have a new topic. Changing the subject
line after you already hit reply doesn't start a new thread. This
thread is rewerved for Don drooling over his dream house.
B. There are colors other than bronze in window film.
Sounds like something I'd done in Vancouver - the rental house has one
window that the wind would literally blow through, so I got some 1.25"X3/4"
trim, made a frame, stuck clear plastic on both sides (double-sided tape
plus staples, to create a reasonably well-sealed dead-air space), then
wrapped the outside with some weatherstripping.
I've gone as far, here, to put up some outdoor fabrig that's a dense-enough
weave to block much of the insolation, but deciding where to do grom here
because there is still so much energy loss. OTOH I also don't want to blow
$120 per plastic panel (I was surprised at how expensive the stuff is).
I don't mind doing *some* things for rental properties - ut in some plants
(because I enjoy that) and whatnot, but nothing else permanent and nothing
that'll end up not being cost-effective.
Lowe's sells the trim for $0.50/ft, 10' per window for frames, 4 windows,
$40, and I'd prob. get a lightweight "dropcloth", siince they sell large
ones cheap. The clear shrink-type is very clear, but it's also more
expensive and I've never seen that it remains "shrunk".
What I can't figure out is why only a very few people in this area have
retrofitted their places with insulated windows. Maybe, as in Vanocuver,
the "thinking" is that, since it doesn't get cold (as poeple told me time
and time again) one doesn't need insulation... <!!!!>
Anyhoo, having gotten some proces back from local mfgrs for lexan etc
panels, I'm thinking I might be better off getting the frame and plastic,
and do the inside face of the outermost sheet with a light spray of mirror-
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