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Cold apartment/Drafty

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10-15-02, 11:54 AM   #1  
Cold apartment/Drafty

I live in an apartment in NYC. It gets cold because the windows leak in air and the apartment retains the cold (or heat in the summer) well. Any advice with curtains, ceiling fans, etc o help me keep the place more warm.

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10-15-02, 02:23 PM   #2  
The least expensive thing to do is to first check the windows. Check the bottom of the window that goes down to see if there is any debris that is stopping the window from closing tightly. Do the same with the top of the window that you push up to close. The next thing is check the latch (lock). What it is supposed to do is push the windows apart and together. This makes the window tighter. Sometimes you can put a piece of cardboard between the latch that will make the window tighter.

If all this still doesn't make the window tighter, then go to the bottom of this page and you'll see a link to the do it yourself hard ware store. Click on it and scroll down to weather-stripping. V-seal usually works with all kinds of windows. When applying something with an adhesive, you must clean the surface first. Otherwise the adhesive won't stick. If the windows are in really bad shape there are plastic kits for windows there too.

Then decorate the windows to your preference, curtains, blinds, etc. Anything you put there is going to help.

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10-28-02, 10:16 AM   #3  
Understanding its an apartment, you may not want to put work into a place that's not yours...

My parents had drafty windows in their home. Mom always bought thermal-lined curtains to keep out the cold and retain the heat inside (vice-versa in the summertime). They're a little difficult to find, because they're not a very popular. But, you can find them at higher end department stores. (Or you can sew them yourself!) They sell the thermal lining in most fabric stores. Or, you could use flannel, fleece or wool and change your curtains every winter.
Plastic over the windows every winter might help. Dad used fiberglass insulation, foam, cardboard between the storm windows and inside panels, then plastic.

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