Originally Posted by redline
Are you able to remove the interior trim around the worst (drafty) window and see if it has insulation or caulk around it?
so i am not sure. i think that is above my level of competence! i did have a window friend (he just sold his window company but specialized in aluminum builders windows)....come over yesterday and showed me how to minimze drafts at the bottom of the window. he said the black felty stuff (i am high tech you see!) gets stiff and loses its abilty to seal properly. he showed me how to use some sticky foam stuff to close that off. he thinks the windows are in good shape, but they are aluminum which probably means they are least efficient.
that should help with the candle blowing sideways draft issue at the bottom. he also said to keep the blinds open and allow the heat to properly heat the window so condensation does not occur...he said keeping the windows covered with a blind makes it a cold spot where condensation will occur. that made sense to me.
i think the bottom line now is if we can afford to replace aluminum windows with super efficient double pained ones, maybe vinyl. we may have to move first!
thanks for the input. does any of that make sense to you?