When Matt Belsaas saw the $650 January utility bill for his family’s newly-purchased, he quailed at the thought of the money flowing out of his Queen Anne Windows. He may have felt some buyer’s remorse.
But he didn’t feel powerless. He knew he could figure out a way to cut energy costs in his 1891 home with its gorgeous, original single-pane windows located in Indianapolis’s historic Woodruff Place neighborhood. So did his wife Desma, a LEED-certified architect.
So he began researching. Historic regulations in his area made it prohibitively expensive to replace his tall wood-frame Queen Anne windows since he would have to essentially have replicas made at roughly $4,000-6,000 per window. The thermal curtains they bought funneled cold drafts down to where their toddler played on the floor. Matt tried but found it too difficult to blow dry plastic film over windows more than seven feet tall.
With their interest in green building practices, the couple persisted, knowing there had to be an affordable solution. Then Matt found Indow window inserts. The couple installed nine inserts on three floors just in time for a historic home tour.
Matt talked up the window inserts and tour goers, who were staring right at them, had to ask where they were since they’re nearly invisible.
Together with additional floor and ceiling insulation, the inserts have lowered the couple’s heating bills even though it was a colder winter than the previous year. They have also reaped the benefits of a quieter living space.
“I just wasn’t prepared for how much noise it would cut out.”
And the inserts helped keep the summer heat at bay, making the third floor bearable as a guest room even without air conditioning. “They are perfect.”
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