Q: I live in an older apartment that faces the wind. My windows are like a smaller version of the sliding doors you would find to a balcony or patio. I've tried to seal the windows with a sheet of heavy clear plastic but the wind keeps pulling it off. How can I keep the wind out?

— Bob, Horsham, PA

A: Tom Silva replies: You need new windows. But if you're not prepared to make that investment, there are a number of things you can do to keep air out. Getting a storm window is the first and simplest option. You should also try weatherstripping around the sash. If you're willing to do a little more work, you can remove the interior trim and insulate around the window with foam insulation. (You can buy this in a can at most hardware and home stores.) However, use this sparingly because you could make the window so tight that you can't open it. And you don't want to solve one problem by causing another.
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