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Spicoli43

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In searching for ways to block out the cold, I stumbled on to the window quilt site, and wonder if anybody has tried them? I'll probably try covering one room the first month or so of winter and compare between rooms how good they do.

In searching this site, I did find a post from 2009, with a user with 2 posts, so I need something more accurate than that.

 

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Way back in the late 70's I bought an old house in Cincinnati that had drafty wooden frame windows. There use to be a system of a plastic frame and plexiglass that you basically made an inside storm window. It worked pretty good for what it was.

Try one room as you suggested and let us know how it performs.
 

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Thanks, I could see how plexiglass would work, but it's too late to find a place that makes custom sizes. Maybe I will search that out in the Spring and do an experiment with that versus the window quilt.

In the past, I have used 3 layers of cardboard backed by double bubble insulation, taped on all sides with Gorilla tape. The downside is it frosted the inside of the windows, which surely isn't good for them. It worked though, as the temp in the house I was used to got 20 degrees colder or so when I removed all the panels to do a thermometer test. I didn't even check the thermometer, it was instantly colder.

I ordered window quilts to cover the master bedroom, and will do a "wake up" thermometer test versus the other rooms. I don't keep the heat on at night until it gets to -25 or so in February, so I will have a good instant conclusion. I will post results. If good, I'm going all in.
 

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Back in the 70s like oldognewtrick I was renting a old place that had snow piles on the inside window sills. I bought a bunch of 1x2 and made frames that fit tight inside the inside window frames and stapled clear plastic around the frame. I held them up with 4 drywall screws into the window frame. It was like night and day blocking the cold breeze.



The house we are in now just has cheap 2” blinds from walmart and I can notice a difference with just cranking them closed.

Every little bit helps and the amount of improvement will depend a lot on how good your windows are to start with.
 

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That sounds like a good idea as well, and much cheaper than the window quilt. I have Bali blinds now, which do block out some cold of course, but they are basically worthless otherwise. In looking for a permanent solution, I liked the window quilt velcro, and being able to roll it up in the spring until it gets real hot, in which I can use it for that as well.

How good that works is something I'm going to find out. I hope it isn't a gimmick.
 
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