Oct. 27, 2016
With cold weather fast approaching, Americans who wish to preserve their country’s historic glory and stay cozy have a solution for achieving these lofty goals without window replacement: Indow window inserts. Homes, museums and historic commercial structures across our great land, dating to pre-Revolutionary War America, have all used Indow inserts to gain comfort, save energy and block the drafts coming through original windows.
The inserts also quiet outside noise penetrating windows by up to 70 percent, which is useful for blocking exterior environmental noise.
Historic preservationists and climate change activists have found they are stronger together. Indow window inserts unite these communities by making the built environment more energy efficient while keeping original buildings intact.
Residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. account for 40 percent of energy use with a significant amount of that energy lost through windows, a hot button issue for conservatives concerned about energy independence. A U.S. Department of Energy study found that Indow window inserts, which function like interior storm windows, reduced the heating and cooling costs in a Seattle home by 20 percent.
Both environmental activists and the historic preservation community deplore ripping out original old-growth wood windows for window replacement since it contributes to unnecessary landfill waste. Old growth original wood windows can last indefinitely if cared for properly, according to Indow CEO Sam Pardue.
There is no way to recreate the wavy glass of original historic windows which were made by artisan glass blowers. We’ve lost those skills to modern, highly-automated replacement window factories,” said Pardue.
In America’s hazy, long-ago golden era, glass blowers would blow molten glass into long cylindrical bulbs, which were then sliced open to form “shawls.” Those were then placed in an oven to wilt, according to historic preservationist Gordon Bock in his book, The Vintage House. Today’s modern windows are made out of machine-made “float glass.”
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