windows, winter, wind help?
We bought a big old queen ann victorian this summer and are now facing the dreaded north winter. (Northern MIchigan). It's only november, has not yet snowed and we are cold.
We have hot water radiant heaters (baseboards), we had the boiler tuned up, the guy said we could replace it with something more efficient, but that it was cast iron and would last forever.
We know we have some work in the basement/attic to reduce the "air stack effect" some of which is short term and some long term.
Now to our windows. Many of the windows have very old roller shades (which suck and we hate, and which are slowly failing (so far we have lost two). We have GIANT windows, and LOTS of windows which I love.. but we also have many windows with no coverings at all. When we moved in every window had 1 or 2 sets of lace curtains, covered in dust, which we gleefully ripped out. (yes they may have been victorian but I hate lace curtains).
We have outside storm windows on almost every window. They have been up for years and sealed in place (very very unfortunate this past hot summer, but a problem for the summer). When I put my hands up around the windows, I feel cold around the exposed glass, cold from the rope area, and on some cold outside the frame of the window. For the cold outside the frame, that is easy CAULK.
What do I do about the cold air from where the rope is?
Do I really need to invest in thermal/insulated curtains in all windows? I guess for curtains I am wondering what will give me the most bang for my buck.
Just make sure every window has something to block radiant heat loss (even if something is a sheet - just kidding, I think)? or really work towards insulated curtains for all.
This weekend we plan to do a smoke test and seal up gaps, add some weather stripping to the front door, and look at getting a storm door (I want something that matches historically, but for the winter might take whatever I can find at a restore type place for cost reasons). I know managing heat loss from the attic, and the air stack are most important for energy reasons, but what about comfort.... (long jonhs and mittens?)