Lots of stuff in this house is very old. I don’t even know how old some things in the Old Part are, as I don’t know when it was originally built.
One of the good things is that we have excellent new windows in most of the rooms.
For some reason, my mother insisted that the big window in the master bedroom did not need to be replaced.
This would be the window that’s now about our heads as we sleep.
The following photo shows what’s going on in one half of it.
The frost you see in the background is on the original window. On both halves, it is single pane glass.
I don’t even know if it’s possible to get single pane windows anymore. They are incredibly inefficient. Modern windows have multiple panes. The space in between the panes is filled with a gas; usually argon or krypton. The gas improves efficiency, prevents frosting and even improves sound proofing, among other things.
A single pane window basically is a wind breaker, and not a very good one at that.
The condensation in the foreground is on a plexiglass insert my parents added to improve efficiency and reduce drafts. It has made a huge difference, however, as you can see, the improvement is limited.
That huge space in between, and the thickness of the sill?
That’s from the width of the logs that make up the wall.
The other half of the window also has a single pane of glass, as well as a screen, plus a handle to turn to open the glass.
It, too, has the insert installed. Which means you can still open the window, but it doesn’t accomplish anything, because the insert is there.
Also, there are cobwebs between the glass and the screen. Which likely means that spiders are getting into the space from outside, because the insert is well sealed.
This was probably one of the better windows.
Just a funny aside; as I write this in my office, my daughter set up an extension cord beside me, so that she could use the hair clipper in the bathroom. Because there are no outlets in the bathroom or the hall. So there is now a cord running from under my window, out the door to the hall, then under the bathroom door.
It’s a good thing we have lots of extension cords and power bars.
We really need to get more outlets installed.