Broken Window & No Heat – On the House

Broken Window & No Heat

By on May 10, 2014
window sash


One of my two kitchen windows has a broken sash. In the winter, since the kitchen doesn’t have heat it is very cold (I don’t know why homes built in 1922 didn’t include a duct into the kitchen from the gravity heaters!). I partially overcome this with a space heater and close the kitchen door to the rest of the house. My question is should I not repair the broken sash and install a couple of “Renewal by Anderson” windows to replace these double-hung windows? Yes, it will spoil the architecture of the house but for a 3-month winter season, I’m told these Anderson windows will act to insulate the house from the cold of the evenings or on cold daylight days. I know they are costlier than all get-out but if they truly act as insulators I would look forward to their installation over the repair of the double-hung windows.



We would not suggest that you ruin the architecture of your home. It is probably most wise to repair or replace the sashes using a local window company or cabinet shop that can match what you have. Insulated glass can be a part of a sash replacement. If the window sashes leak at the frame add insulation to the track in the frame. Worst case, you can add storm windows. They are inexpensive, easy to install and can be removed during your nine warm months. By the way, it’s time to purchase a central furnace. And while you’re at it – add a heat duct to your kitchen.

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