How to get fresh air and secure windows at the same time?
June 21, 2012 6:41 AM Subscribe
It's very very hot today. My method of cooling the house is entirely fan based. I would like to be able to leave the windows cracked for the cats when I'm at work, and when I'm sleeping, but the first floor presents a security issue. What can you recommend to secure double hung windows?
posted by instead of three wishes to Home & Garden (26 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've looked around on line a lot. A lot of what is out there seems to be geared towards sliding doors. Metal things with screws, that don't really look wide enough, or shaped correctly, to hold onto a sash frame. A lot of sites recommend hammering a nail into the side of the frame, but I would prefer not to wreck the nice oak wood doing that. Also that seems like it might be a fire safety issue. I've seen at least one device (Burglabar) that seems like you glue it directly onto the glass. That makes me hesitate a lot. They're new windows. They cost a flipping fortune and I'd like them to last, if possible, FOREVER.
The windows are double hung, with six partitions on top, none on the bottom. I'd actually like to be able to leave the top's open, and the bottom closed, but anything at all that works at this point would be good.
What has worked for you, that you've been happy with, and hasn't infringed too much on the structure of the window?
I have tried to search for this on ask metafilter, but not surprisingly, I get quite a few Windows Security computer questions...