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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a moment every Sunset Hills winter when you can’t seem to find the cause of the draft in your home. It could possibly be emanating from a window that isn’t shut or sealed well. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and cold, possibly resulting in:

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

Consistent with 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 properly sealed windows. To help save money and cut down drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts may be coming from and why. Here are some helpful tips to find your Sunset Hills home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and breaks in uncommon areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the typical windows with operable means 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 properly sealing.
  4. Check the installation by establishing 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 Sunset Hills to have them perform a home energy audit.

Once you’ve found where the draft or air leakage is coming from, the next step is to address the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Sunset Hills a call at (314) 207-0622 with any additional questions or potential replacement needs.