By Glenn Haege. (Used by permission)
Dear Glenn: I need your help on a touchy issue. We have a 75-year-old Dutch Colonial home with heating bills topping $270 a month. Our home has the original weighted sash windows, but my father-in-law painstakingly refurbished them, so there is no chance of replacing them.
The windows look beautiful, but let a lot of cold air leak in. We are looking for a permanent year-round fix and if possible something that would allow us to open the window if needed in the winter. Do you have any ideas?
— Sharon, Royal Oak
Dear Sharon: Interior storms work wonders. Call Ed at Michigan Glass Coatings, (800) 999-8468, and ask them to install magnetic interior storm windows. You will be amazed at how effective they will be.
You also need to caulk all around your house to seal out drafts. You may want to call in a company such as Infrared Services of Michigan, (810) 329-9033, or Weatherization Specialties, (248) 601-3670, to do a blower door test. They will pinpoint exactly where the cold air is coming in and help you decide what to do to get the greatest energy savings.