the outside temperature here in northern Massachusetts has been in the
single digits and at night it's below zero Fahrenheit.
As a result, my windows (which are the kind that slide horizontally back
and forth in a frame) have frozen shut. Can't open them. I guess it's
the little bit of indoor condensation around the edges of the window
frame that freezes in the cold.
How can I make it easier to open the windows? Some kind of lubricant I
(BEFORE I get any snide comments about "why would you want to open
windows in below-freezing weather," it's because I have allergies to
dust and so on and I want to let fresh air in as much as possible. Also
fresh air helps to prevent catching other people's colds.)
-- Steven L.
Ah, so I won't ask it. But don't agree with your reasons,
get a portable filter. My wife often runs hers all night
Now to the question. If you have vinyl frames, I would put
Armor All on the sliding surfaces, or use any thing with
silicone. Put it on the rubber seals around door on your
car to keep them from freezing shut. But you really need to
do it when it is warm. I do our windows twice a year, if I
can remember but at least once a year. Slide good and
didn't freeze at -1 F.
Steven Litvintchouk wrote:
Um, most lubricants will help somewhat. WD-40 gets its name as a "water
displacer", for instance. But it can be messy in places you need to
touch (even if it's far less messy than household oil).
Actually, rigorous use of facial tissue and handwashing help more; this
is pretty well proven now. You get colds more from the casual handshake
than you do from kissing someone.
As for allergies, do you have a whole-house air cleaner on your furnace?
Do you at least use hypoallergenic filters?
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