Improvement of older windows...
My son's home has a "great room" with lots of window area, including two double doors to a deck (one fixed glass panel and one door), rectangular windows above each door of nearly equal size (same width, slightly shorter), and two triangular windows at apex of ceiling/roof. These are 20+ year old standard thermopane wood windows of the time (seals appear to be intact).
Obviously, replacing these windows with newer, energy efficient windows would be best, but simply not a financial possibility right now. My question is, does anyone have practical advice about how to improve these for now and at least several years hence?
We have used some of the thin plastic film on lower windows (the kind installed with two sided tape and tightened with a hair dryer) on lower/smaller windows. This is effective, but we were looking for something better. That film needs annual off and on, and on the larger windows, with only exterior framing for taping the plastic, the stuff sags easily and looks rippled.
Does anyone have experience with storm panels,-either plexiglass type product or glass? Should such a panel, if feasible, be inside or out? Is it possible to prevent moisture from getting in between and clouding things in the winter? Are there quilted type interior "curtains" that seal and can be easily opened day/night for up high windows? Ideally, an interior or exterior panel that can be left in place would help, but not sure if this can work.
Thanks for any and all advice.
Posted Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:31
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