How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a point every Long Island winter when you can’t locate the cause of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be emanating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed properly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and cold, possibly resulting in:

  • Cold air escaping into your home
  • Larger heating and cooling costs

As per the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, you can save 10 percent on your monthly energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with correctly sealed windows. To help save money and cut down drafty air from entering your home, it’s critical to be able to identify where these window drafts might be coming from and why. Here are some helpful tips to identify your Long Island home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and breaks in strange areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the typical windows with functional abilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Examine to confirm that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket near the operable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Inspect the installation by verifying if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the harsh opening. A window will only perform as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Long Island to have them perform a home energy audit.

Once you’ve found where the draft or air leakage is deriving from, the next step is to concentrate on the source of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the pros in Long Island a call at 516-331-0031 with any further questions or prospective replacement needs.

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