As we celebrate the warmth of summer we need to remember the winter cold and know that no matter what we do, it will come back. But you can do something to make your home more comfortable in the winter – by installing what some call, “indoor storm windows” built by “The Window Dressers organization”.
This all volunteer-run non-profit organization manufactures and distributes these thermal window inserts at very low cost and this spring St. Francis by the Sea has been working with others to set up a local outlet for these inserts. These nearly invisible inserts reduce heat loss by blocking the air leaks from around your windows and thus the ensuing cold drafts. This results in more comfort for you while saving you money on your heating bills.
The parent ‘Windows Dressers’ organization reports heating bill savings of up to 25% and yet the inserts cost only approx. $25 per window and will, with care, last 10 years.
These inserts have pine frames with both sides wrapped with crystal-clear polyolefin film, creating a dead-air space between the two layers. A foam weather strip around the edge completes the seal. A white-painted frame is also available at slightly higher cost.
Each insert is built to fit precisely into individual windows in your home. Each is easily installed into the window frame from the inside of the house, no need to climb ladders etc.
And these inserts reusable year after year.
For the last few months, the St Francis measuring team of Ray Yardy and Bob Publicover have used a WindowDressers supplied laser device to accurately measure dozens of windows in the homes of clients. The team immediately enters the dimensions into a computer for transmission to the manufacturing plant in Rockland.
When all the data are entered, the computer will show you the total bill. If the client cannot afford to pay for the inserts Window-Dressers supplies approximately 22% of the inserts for a nominal donation of $10 per home.
During during the summer the Rockland plant cuts and assemble the frames. Then in October local volunteers (including you if at all possible) will add the covering and seals to the frames and call you to arrange for delivery.
This may all seem complicated but it is not.
To see a detailed description of the window inserts click here to visit www.windowdressersusa.com or check out this 22 minute video which does show how it all works.
As they say at WindowDressers “There are 557,000 homes in Maine, and over 90 percent of them need weatherization. We’re here to help.”