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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a stage every Terre Haute winter when you can’t uncover the cause of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be coming from a window that isn’t closed or sealed properly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and chilly, possibly resulting in:

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

Consistent with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, you can save 10 percent on your total energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with correctly sealed windows. To help cut back and cut down drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts could be originating from and why. Here are some useful tips to pinpoint your Terre Haute home’s drafts and inspect for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and fractures in strange points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the usual windows with operable abilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Check to guarantee that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket around the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Inspect the installation by verifying if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only function as well as it is positioned.
  5. 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.

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