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Old 01-28-2008, 04:39 PM   #1
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my gas bill skyrocketed because in part due to windows that are leaking air through. e.g. it is sometimes even visible by curtains waving when a stronger wind blows.

any ideas how i can temporarily fix the situation without replacing the windows ?

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Old 01-28-2008, 05:45 PM   #2
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my gas bill skyrocketed because in part due to windows that are leaking air through. e.g. it is sometimes even visible by curtains waving when a stronger wind blows.

any ideas how i can temporarily fix the situation without replacing the windows ?

thx,

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Check all of the weatherstipping on the windows and replace if needed. If that doesn't work you can try something like this:
http://contractorservices.homedepot....d-748ca11de20d
I used them on my old windows before I replaced them and i seemed to work well

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Old 01-28-2008, 05:50 PM   #3
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that link did now work.

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that link did now work.

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http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio.../9H&lpage=none
Try this one.
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thank you very much.

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Old 01-29-2008, 01:09 AM   #6
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That's a good suggestion. You might also consider insulated drapes.
We've used them before and they really make a difference.
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:19 AM   #7
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If there is trim, peel it off one window and see if the frame is insulated, if not, you know what to do on all them.

I like the insulated drapes thing too, are they actually insulated drapes or just heavy material?
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What kind of windows are they? = sealed, vinyl?
Are they older?
Are they replacements?
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they are not vinyl, they are wooden. i do not know what a sealed window is. i imagine they have been replaced at some point as the house is 100 yrs old.

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I like the insulated drapes thing too, are they actually insulated drapes or just heavy material?
They have a foam backing. The theory is that they create an air space between the window and the back of the drape.

Although the "R" value is low, they do stop the flow of air into the living space.
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I must append the information on insulated drapes. I did a little more research and found this interesting article on the subject.
"...The use of insulated drapes can cause severe problems in very cold climates. The air trapped between the window and the drape can drop below the dew point of the air which leads to condensation on the window. This can lead to rotting of wood window frames or mold growth. If the temperature drops below freezing, the condensed water that permeates a window frame can expand and seriously damage the windows. This happened in numerous houses with insulated drapes and has lead to lawsuits between insulated drape manufacturers and homeowners. These extreme conditions happen most frequently in very cold climates..."
http://utwired.engr.utexas.edu/conse...apeDefense.cfm
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Alright then...I know longer like the insulated drapes

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