Forum Title: High rise, whistling windows
We live on the 7th floor in a building in the city. The windows sort of face a back alley area which I'm sure accounts for a lot of the wind channeling. When the windows are closed, everything is fine. The problem is when you open it, it creates a high pitched whistling noise. I liken it to the logic behind a whistle; high pressure, small area, LOUD WHISTLE!! Has anyone ever come across something like this? I was wondering if there was something I could place in/on the window that would reduce the whistle or even redirect the breeze. Being winter in Chicago I'm not too concerned with an active breeze. Just a little temp change to counter the intense building wide heat!! Thoughts??
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: KELLY PAGE (El Cajon, CA), 01/27/2019

Sliders and metal frames are two of the leakiest and coldest windows you can have. About all you can do is apply some shrink wrap film over the whole thing.

- KEN SHARP (Gastonia, NC), 02/11/2019

First thing I'd do is identify the exact location of the whistle, using a cardboard tube held to the ear or similar. I'm guessing the sound is being created in the same manner as blowing across the mouth of a bottle. Perhaps it's travelling up the side channels of the windows. Placing foam blocks in the hollow channels left and right of the window sash may shot that sort of whistle. If there is a screen, remove it, and see if that helps. If that doesn't help, you probably need baffles/louvers to change the way (the angle) the air is blowing across the window opening. Is this radiant heat or what?

- HARVEY STEELE (Plantation, FL), 02/09/2019

Thanks guys! Yes it is radiant heat set by the building. We don't have any control over it. I will definitely have to play around see if I can get the wind pattern to cross quietly. It's air entering not exiting. If I open the window an inch, I get a high pitch whistle. If I open it a foot, it's much less apparent. Fine for the summer, cold for the winter!

- THELMA GREENE (Pompano Beach, FL), 03/02/2019

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