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Ask Mr. Tight-Watt: Windows  Smart Choices Archive

Ask Mr. Tight-Watt: Windows

Mr. Tight Watt checks his window.

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A reader sent the following question to Mr. Tight Watt:

“How can I make it so my windows don’t let cold air in them?”

Answer: Mr. Tight Watt contacted Bill McAnally, energy efficient home building expert in Fort Dodge. Bill replies:

“First, you should caulk around the frames outside the house to prevent air leakage into the house around the windows. Then, if your windows still seem to be leaky, you may need to cover the insides with a shrink-wrap product made by 3M that is available at most hardware or big box stores. It is easily installed with a hair dryer. If this doesn’t take care of your problem or you want to do more, the next step is to look at replacement windows. Depending on the severity of the leaks it may pay off to have them installed.  If that is the case, it is also the perfect time to think about whether you also need new siding.”

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