Learn from a pro in frosty New England. 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. When cooling for hot weather, the reverse is equally true.
It is a common misconception that historic houses are not energy efficient and are expensive to heat or cool. A more accurate statement is that buildings that aren’t properly maintained and have outdated systems can be inefficient and expensive to heat. With appropriate insulation, air sealing, and heat/cooling source system improvements, a historic house can be as efficient as a typical modern house. Tightening up loose windows is a great place to start.
“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 historic wood windows if you don’t have the time or budget for full window restoration.
The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.
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