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What is the best product to block air leaks from gaps in older windows?


We live in a very old house and replacing all the windows is not in our budget right now. Several of them are drafty in the winter. We've tried those window sealing kits, but it's as thin as plastic wrap, looks bad, is easily torn and doesn't do much to help. We were looking at acrylic film and that's almost as pricey as replacement windows. Any frugal ways to seal windows that doesn't look bad, is cost efficient and actually works? Winter will be here before we know it!

 

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    Irfan (arksys) 21 months ago

    And don't be shy with it. Use your fingers to squeeze as much as you can in the gaps. I used it on an outdoor crack in our cemented wall. dont have any more seepage from the monsoon rains.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 21 months ago

    we have radiant heat, but an old chimney in the attic and I never considered that could be an issue too, so I'll definitely look into that as well. thanks


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 21 months ago

    awesome, I'll look that up as well. :) thanks

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 21 months ago

    Regular caulking didn't do a very good job and it's kind of hard to work with. I think I'll try the silicon version around the more problem areas. We have a lot of wind and our worst windows are large and south facing so light. Thanks.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 21 months ago

    thanks for the suggestion. I never thought to take a pic of the windows with us - good idea.