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Question DetailsAsked on 10/11/2016

Should I keep my jealousies on my house.

I'm buying an older house. Should I keep the jealousies. They are in good condition, none of the glass is broken and they all work. I kind of like the old retro look. I grew up here in South Florida and we always had jealousies on the windows.

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nice in florida

Answered 3 years ago by the new window man


I was thinking your question would be more appropriate on a call-in head shrinker radio show, because what you are jealous of is not really a home improvement site issue. Then the old gray matter kicked in and I remembered louvered glass windows sometimes being called (in the deep South) "Jalousie" or sometimes (especially those with very deep glass panels) "awning windows". For those who this does not ring a bell with, these are louvered windows made of strips of glass that all tilt out together horizontally out to open, operating basically like louvered blinds - commonly seen in motel bathroom windows and beach houses.

Sounds like you have answered your own question - they are in good shape and work, you like the you live in an area without significant winter cold (because they are generally far from energy efficient), and while they will cost you a bit more in A/C costs because they (except with some modern gasketed models) are pretty "leaky" - but they are also common in tropical and sub-tropical near-shore areas where they can be opened to let natural airflow so can drop A/C usage (and costs) overall by reducing the A/C demand period duration to just the hottest days or hottest parts of days.

Also - there are thin soft vinyl or rubber slip-on gaskets (much like car door edge protector strips) that you can slip over the upper edge (and on some models the ends too) of the glass on many models, which somewhat improve the air-tightness, though under eventhe best of conditions the normal louvered window is far from "air tight".

I can't see any reason to replace them at this time - especially since you are buying the house, not trying to sell it or needing to replace the windows, because they are a "dated" design and not often used these days in houses with AC.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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