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Old 09-25-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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Window question... These pics are from my moms house. It's a circa 1886 house in NW WI, as you can imagine it gets very cold. I'm wondering what options there are for improving on these. They have storms on them but they are also original. It gets very chilly in that corner (it's also the NE corner of the house, always the coldest in this region). Or is it kind of the price you pay for keeping original glass? Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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The fact that you have a storm window is a great start.

I would recommend that you look at both weatherstripping for the storm and for the operable windows that are in place.

Don't be too concerned about getting additional efficiency out of those units as it is not going to happen via the glass without serious cost. You could use an insulated storm window but that will change the look at well.

I would also recommend an Energy Audit to proper diagnose the sources of heat loss in that area.

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Kind of along the lines of what I was thinking. I know there is no weather stripping of any kind on the storms. Just a tight wood to wood fit. None of these are operating windows (in terms of opening or closing), they were built to be stationary. they are the only original windows in the house, all others have been updated.

I know very little about windows, so just wanted some talking points for when she and I talk to a window company at some point. I appreciate the response very much.
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Just get that storm window weatherstripped properly.

That should be all that you need and leave that pretty window alone after that.

The expense of getting the marginal R-Value improvement in that assembly will be cost prohibitive and you do get much more impact out of other measures that will not change the look of the home.
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