What to cover windows with to help stop heat getting out?


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dean

I've got 6 large windows in a hallway that I'm sure aren't so modern
(some of them have leaked). Was considering a few layers of clear
plastic, spaced evenly (1/4" apart) and stretched over a wooden frame,
which I will screw onto the existing frame in winters.

I know first hand that plastering newspaper over old windows helped
magnificently when I was painting once in my old house, but I don't
want to do that this time for the whole winter.

Seeing clearly through them is not important.

Thanks for any ideas,

Dean
 
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DT

I've got 6 large windows in a hallway that I'm sure aren't so modern
(some of them have leaked). Was considering a few layers of clear
plastic, spaced evenly (1/4" apart) and stretched over a wooden frame,
which I will screw onto the existing frame in winters....
Thanks for any ideas,

Dean
Dean, you can get shrinkable window covering kits at Home Depot, Lowes,
hardware stores, etc. They come with double sided tape and very large pieces of
plastic wrap. After you attach the plastic by sticking the tape all around the
edges of the windows, you heat the plastic with a hair drier and it stretches
as tight as a drum.

I used these for several years before I replaced the windows in my older home
and it makes a huge difference and looks nearly invisible. They seal air tight
and you can see the plastic bow in and out with changes in the wind.

I have used kits by 3M and Manco. The 3M kits are more expensive, but the tape
releases easier when you want to take them off in the warm weather.

Dennis
 
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Nick Hull

dean said:
I've got 6 large windows in a hallway that I'm sure aren't so modern
(some of them have leaked). Was considering a few layers of clear
plastic, spaced evenly (1/4" apart) and stretched over a wooden frame,
which I will screw onto the existing frame in winters.

I know first hand that plastering newspaper over old windows helped
magnificently when I was painting once in my old house, but I don't
want to do that this time for the whole winter.

Seeing clearly through them is not important.

Thanks for any ideas,
What I do is put up internal shutters, 1" styrofoam, at night. The
house feels instantly warmer.
 

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