How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows
There is a point every Terre Haute winter when you can’t seem to find the source of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be emanating from a window that isn’t shut or sealed properly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and cold, potentially resulting in:
- Cold air escaping into your home
- Higher heating and cooling costs
Consistent with 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 cut back and reduce drafty air from entering your home, it’s critical to be able to recognize where these window drafts could be originating from and why. Here are some helpful tips to pinpoint your Terre Haute home’s drafts and inspect for issues:
- Look for gaps and fractures in strange areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the normal windows with functional capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
- Inspect to guarantee that windows and doors are shut and latched.
- Guarantee the sealant or gasket around the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
- 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 function as well as it is positioned.
- Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Terre Haute 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 address the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Terre Haute a call at 812-234-0729 with any further questions or prospective replacement needs.