Due to centralized boiler room heating, getting my apartment to a comfortable temperature requires opening my living room window about two to four inches. Filling this open gap with an air filter is important to prevent an inflow of insects and dust. At present, I have rolled up some 19" shelf lining and filled the other 22" with styrofoam packaging.
The gap that needs to be filled is 40 to 41 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall by 1 1/4 inches thick. The idea I have so far is to purchase (for about $10) a 15-3/4" x 58" x .2" cut-to-fit carbon filter sheet that I can roll up. Is there an inexpensive way to build a frame for this or an idea that is less make-shift? I would also like to be able to easily block airflow for part of the 40" section.