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I think I've found a better way to insulate single pane windows?  RSS feed

 
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Window insulation kits are annoying and wasteful! This year I made PVC pipe inserts to weatherize / winterize my single pane windows. This DIY solution is cheap, effective, and easy to set up and take down.
 
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Did a simlar thing to make shade cloth covering for sky light windows on the roof.Pipe fit tight around the outside of the frame. cloth held on by zip ties.
 
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Hi Sergei,  

Are these designed to fit on the outside of the window?  

I ask because my husband put insulation on the inside once in a really cold climate and ended up with a condensation problem. We no longer live is such a cold place, but it is still damp and condensation is a problem particularly on the large north windows the owner/builder installed. If your design has worked on the outside, I may try to copy it, although our window design may make attachment difficult.
 
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And dinner parties are always costly anyway :-D
 
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Hans Quistorff wrote:Did a simlar thing to make shade cloth covering for sky light windows on the roof.Pipe fit tight around the outside of the frame. cloth held on by zip ties.

Pictures please! Sounds cool!
 
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Jay Angler wrote:Hi Sergei,  

Are these designed to fit on the outside of the window?  

I ask because my husband put insulation on the inside once in a really cold climate and ended up with a condensation problem. We no longer live is such a cold place, but it is still damp and condensation is a problem particularly on the large north windows the owner/builder installed. If your design has worked on the outside, I may try to copy it, although our window design may make attachment difficult.



No, I designed them to fit on the inside of the frame. This is my first year with them so I'm not sure if I'll get any moisture? Ask me again next year.
 
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My feeling is that, if the foam insulation is used on all sides of the frame for a tight fit, there will be little air movement and little condensation. This of course depends on the specifics of the climate...
 
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Doing this with metalized mylar might be good too for the long nights of winter, though at that point it seems like it might just be better to use metal faced foam board from a cost perspective.  Just add handles to make it easy to push in and pull out.
 
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Jay Angler wrote:Hi Sergei,  

Are these designed to fit on the outside of the window?  

I ask because my husband put insulation on the inside once in a really cold climate and ended up with a condensation problem. We no longer live is such a cold place, but it is still damp and condensation is a problem particularly on the large north windows the owner/builder installed. If your design has worked on the outside, I may try to copy it, although our window design may make attachment difficult.


If condensation is a problem place the smooth side of the bubble wrap against the glass and it will stick there, Use a second layet of smooth side out if you wish with the edges taped together; no frame needed that way.
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I do not have pictures of the outside instalation. It was a long time ago and the building no longer exists.
 
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