The Ealy House Museum’s caretakers wanted to improve the environment inside their historic structure but they didn’t want to use exterior storms because the house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, had never had any. They began a search that eventually yielded an unexpected solution: interior window inserts.
The Ealy House was built by a prosperous farming family of German descent who moved from Pennsylvania to New Albany, Ohio in 1860. The interior is almost exclusively walnut and the exterior made of brick in a style that exhibited the transition from Greek Revival to Italianate.
Only two families ever lived in the home before it became a museum. Neither the home nor museum changed much, making it a remarkably intact example of mid-nineteenth century living and Christina and George Ealy’s vision. In all that time, no one installed exterior storms on the beautiful old growth wood windows to guard against Ohio winters.
The caretakers of what is now a house museum loved its authenticity. But heating and cooling a house that has never had insulation or storms was an expensive proposition.
“It’s an old house, not insulated at all,” said David Cline, current President of the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society. “We were trying to cut the utility bills.”
After learning about Indow interior inserts, they purchased 31 Indow panels for all of the home’s windows from their Indow dealer for the Columbus area, Todd Tamburino of Green Home Ohio. The inserts can’t be seen from the outside and even from the inside, they’re nearly invisible.
Museum Grade panels were used in some windows to block UV light that was damaging quilts they had been protecting with bedsheets, as well as other historic artifacts. The basement windows were especially tricky. There frames were flush to the interior walls, and they were hinged on the sides, but opened in the middle. Green Home Ohio helped the museum by building out the frames to allow the Indow inserts to securely fit each basement window.
“It worked out wonderfully,” said Cline.
Not only did the inserts reduce the heating bill, they greatly reduced the traffic noise from nearby Dublin Granville Road. The caretakers also noticed the dust from the adjacent, busy thoroughfare didn’t blacken the window sills as in years past.
“The first thing we noticed was how much quieter it is in the house,” said Cline. “We hoped it would be cleaner. We had no idea it would make it quieter.”
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