Tight Windows Save Energy and Money

Tight Windows Save Energy and Money. These photos show two windows on the same elevation, taken minutes apart. The left window is covered with frost on the interior side of a storm window from warm, moist air escaping around the primary window sash. The window on the right was tightened up and had off-the-shelf weather stripping installed – an hour’s effort and $5 in materials.

The frost on the left represents lost heat. In a house with many windows, it represents a LOT of heat that could be saved by tightening up the windows.

It is a common misconception that historic houses are not energy efficient and are expensive to heat in a cold climate. A more accurate statement is that buildings that aren’t properly maintained and have outdated systems are inefficient and costly to heat. A historic house can be as efficient as a typical modern house with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and HVAC system improvements. Tightening up loose windows is a great place to start.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” addresses energy efficiency issues in-depth. It includes instructions to quickly and affordably tighten historic wood windows if you don’t have the time or budget for full window restoration.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. © Scott T. Hanson 2023.

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