Success with Interior Air Panels
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:01 am    Post subject: Success with Interior Air Panels Reply with quote

SpokaneRose reports:

Last Fall, I built 10 air panels for all the first story windows on my 1903 house. The windows are all original including the glass and all need to be repaired. This includes windows that have some cracks in the leaded glass portions or half the window caulk is gone. The cold air just whistled through. All are double hung windows and 5 of theses windows are 24 ft square. The air panels cost about $.85 a square foot to make. I built them on the dining room table. I installed in November. As each panel went up the difference in room comfort was AMAZING. Our winter was brutal. No ice formed on the windows, no green hairy mold bloomed on the sashes. Our drapes did not develop the usual brown water drip line from the wet-cold- dry cycle. And best of all, the panels are crystal clear. No one can tell they are in place. [I stained the wood to match the ebony stain of my windows]. This year I will try to build air panels for the upstairs eight windows. Forget the energy rebate. I love these panels.
By the way I am the building manager of a near-by National Historic Register building that had a portion of it's windows replaced with Vinyl 10 years ago. About 33% of these windows have failed at this point in time. So sad. I wish I had been around to stop them from pulling out the originals.

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