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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a point every Danville winter when you can’t uncover the root of the draft in your home. It could potentially be coming from a window that isn’t shut or sealed correctly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and cold, possibly resulting in:

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

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, you can save 10 percent on your regular energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with correctly sealed windows. To help save money and reduce drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts may be located and why. Here are some helpful tips to identify your Danville home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Examine for gaps and fractures in unusual points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the usual windows with workable means and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Examine to guarantee that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket by the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Test the installation by verifying if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only perform as well as it is installed.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Danville to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve found where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to address the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Danville a call at 217-443-3355 with any extra questions or possible replacement needs.

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