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Old 05-03-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
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insulating metal window frames

New condo. Extremely inefficient windows. Floor to ceiling 18 feet high. each window is about 2ft by 3ft. They are double payne windows framed by metal. Lots of metal. Conducts extreme cold in winter and heat in summer. gas bill 350 a month for 1200 sqre ft place. Electric bill in summer similiar. This isn't about caulking or plastic over windows. This is about air coming through unisulated metal chambers. Uncomfortable and expensive. Remember this condo is only 2 years old. Horrible design.

Can I have carpenter wrap, then laminate the metal to possibly improve the situation? tedious job......but will it work? Any ideas out there? Thanks for any help on this one.


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This is not about air flowing through the assembly, but about the metal conducting the cold. A proper aluminum window should have a thermal break, but realistically, these products are only successful in "hot" climates such as Texas, Florida, etc. Unfortunately, there really is no way to "cobble" this design into a proper assembly.


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Old 05-04-2011, 12:08 PM   #3
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gas bill 350 a month for 1200 sqre ft place. Electric bill in summer similiar.
I would suspect you have more issues than just the windows. You might contact your electric company and ask about an energy audit. Depending on where you are it could be free or at a greatly reduced rate through them.
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