Cold drafts around windows, what to do?


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clevere

I realize it is coming on summer time, but .. while the weather is good...
The place I am in is a 70's duplex with metal windows. When it is cold at
night, you can feel
the cold air coming in through the windows. Is there a way to seal these
windows? Something like weather stripping? Same for a sliding glass door. We
have sliding glass door in a bedroom, that is also metal, and also of the
70's late 80's. You can feel the cold air coming in through that door also.
Can it be sealed up, with something like weather stripping? Replacing the
windows/door isn't an option... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 
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m Ransley

How about storm windows, without seeing what you have, cant say.
 
J

John McGaw

clevere said:
I realize it is coming on summer time, but .. while the weather is good...
The place I am in is a 70's duplex with metal windows. When it is cold at
night, you can feel
the cold air coming in through the windows. Is there a way to seal these
windows? Something like weather stripping? Same for a sliding glass door. We
have sliding glass door in a bedroom, that is also metal, and also of the
70's late 80's. You can feel the cold air coming in through that door also.
Can it be sealed up, with something like weather stripping? Replacing the
windows/door isn't an option... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Are you sure that you actually have an air leak? It is also possible to feel
the movement of cold air when the air is cooled by the glass and frame and
then falls having become more dense than the surrounding air. This type of
current can be amazingly strong if there is a big temperature difference and
the window has a very low R factor -- like single pane glass and a metal
frame. I'm sure that there are some websites that describe the methods for
tracking down air leaks and of course there are companies that offer the
service. If there are detectable leaks then relatively simple fixes like
weather stripping and caulking may help you repair them without paying a
fortune.
 
C

clevere

Single Pane Window I think. Mostly a metal frame, with two sliding pieces of
glass on the outside edge, and one large piece of glass in the middle. The
windows have glass on the inside/outside, with the metal spacer between
them.
 
C

clevere

I can feel the cold air about 5-6 inches from the window. Almost like a
draft. I'm not sure how to go about weather stripping the window... I'd call
a pro, but I'm SURE this is a good DIY job. .
 
C

clevere

I thought about using plastic on the Windows during the Winter months, on
the outside, but I'd rather not (for the curb appeal)
 
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B

Bruce

In alt.home.repair
clevere said:
Single Pane Window I think. Mostly a metal frame, with two sliding pieces of
glass on the outside edge, and one large piece of glass in the middle. The
windows have glass on the inside/outside, with the metal spacer between
them.
If the cold drafts are near the window, drink your beer near the window duh
:)
 
O

Oscar_Lives

clevere said:
I realize it is coming on summer time, but .. while the weather is good...
The place I am in is a 70's duplex with metal windows. When it is cold at
night, you can feel
the cold air coming in through the windows. Is there a way to seal these
windows? Something like weather stripping? Same for a sliding glass door. We
have sliding glass door in a bedroom, that is also metal, and also of the
70's late 80's. You can feel the cold air coming in through that door also.
Can it be sealed up, with something like weather stripping? Replacing the
windows/door isn't an option... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Are you sleeping next to an open crack?
 
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Dan Hartung

clevere said:
I realize it is coming on summer time, but .. while the weather is
good... The place I am in is a 70's duplex with metal windows. When
it is cold at night, you can feel the cold air coming in through the
windows. Is there a way to seal these windows? Something like weather
stripping?
Yes, exactly like weather stripping. There's actually quite a few
different places where air can seep in through a badly-sealed window
(the 70s was just before energy consciousness reached the building
industry), and they have different solutions, but the most obvious is
going over the existing stripping and finding holes to seal. Our 1970s
aluminum storms used felt stripping, and it's badly deteriorating. The
storms themselves are often out of square, permitting cracks on one side
or another. The sash had a thin felt-like pad bumping up against the
track and this, too, is a place where air can creep in.

Weatherstrip at least the edge of each sash. Make sure you seal the
place where the two sashes touch, as well. You can use different
materials depending on expense and what will fit or attach easily. Some
have shorter lifetimes than others!

All of this is beside the problem that the window *frame* is a place
where a lot of air can sneak past. Caulking on the inside *and* outside,
along all joints, will most definitely help. There are also methods of
putting insulation into voids in the frame itself, but these are very
dependent on what you have.

Ultimately you'll want to go for the real energy-efficient solution,
which is two panes of glass with something in between. This could be, at
minimum, regular sash inside and storm window outside, or modern vinyl
double-pane windows.

Same for a sliding glass door. We have sliding glass door
in a bedroom, that is also metal, and also of the 70's late 80's. You
can feel the cold air coming in through that door also. Can it be
sealed up, with something like weather stripping?
Think of a sliding door as a double-hung sash on its side. The edges
should be weatherstripped the same way.

Replacing the
windows/door isn't an option... Any ideas would be greatly
appreciated.
Replacing may well be worth considering when you contemplate all the
work needed to truly rehabilitate your deteriorating outer skin.
 

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