Window Frost and Energy Efficiency

Frost on a storm window can be pretty but it indicates the wood primary window needs to be tightened up.

These lovely frost ice crystals formed on the interior side of a storm window because warm moist air was able to escape around the primary window sash. It is pretty, but it represents lost heat. In a house with many windows (the house in question has more than 40) it represents a LOT of lost heat that could be saved by tightening up the windows.

Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners addresses issues of heat loss, insultation, ventilation, and energy efficiency in depth and includes instructions to affordably tighten up historic wood windows if you don’t have the time or budget for full window restoration.

The 720-page hardcover book also devotes two full chapters to the broader issues of energy effiency and comfort in historic houses. It is now available in stores and available from online retailers. Signed copies are available directly from the author at YourHistoricHouse.com.

Your local bookstore can order copies from their W.W. Norton rep.

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