New York City winters are tough. New York City winters with enormous windows so drafty they send the shade swinging back and forth are merciless, powerful monsters. This was Laurie Duncan’s seasonal cross to bear in the converted warehouse-apartment she and her husband bought 17 years ago in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill.
Not only was it uncomfortable, the sharp temperature swings between the heat being on or off were destroying her husband’s guitars.
But what ultimately spurred them to fortify their home against the brutal weather was a quest for energy efficiency. They had just finished swapping every single incandescent bulb with an LED in their elaborately lit place and their energy bills were plummeting.
“We were so excited we were making such strides in our energy consumption and monetary outlay,” said Laurie. “We asked, ‘What else can we do?’”
They were staring straight through it: strengthen those windows to stop the drafts that could be felt a foot away! Their loft-style apartment is one room with three huge single-pane wood-framed windows in a landmarked building. Replacing them would cost a fortune. Trying to blow dry plastic wrap over them would be Quixotic. They needed something simple, easily removable, affordable and effective.
So they kept researching. And then she found Indow Windows.
“And I went crazy: this is the most obvious idea ever and it doesn’t seem like anyone has ever thought of it.”
Her windows were completely out of square with almost a full inch difference in width from the top to the bottom.
“It narrows and slants,” she said. “Nothing is flat and nothing is at 90 degrees. Is it going to be possible to accommodate that?
Since Indow Windows are laser-measured to ensure a precise fit, it doesn’t matter how much a window has settled into a trapezoid or parallelogram. Laurie did have challenging windows, but with her help and persistence Indow Windows and our dealer, Ciel Power in Lyndhurst, N.J., got a great fit. And she solved her problem.
“They look perfect and no one knows they’re there,” said Laurie. “It has truly improved the quality of our life, which I know sounds like a ridiculously cliched thing to say.”
And while she didn’t buy the Indow Windows for their noise reduction properties, the quiet they provide is arresting. In New York, Laurie explained, people automatically filter out noise because otherwise “your head would explode.” The buses, the sirens, the English pub across the street that gets loud during televised soccer matches are now all hushed.
She conquered the noise and has slayed New York winters. And we’re grateful she tells everyone about her secret weapon!