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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 Greensboro winter when you can’t uncover the source of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be emanating from a window that isn’t shut or sealed well. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes uneasy and cold, possibly resulting in:

  • Cold air seeping 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 monthly energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with appropriately sealed windows. To help limit spending and cut down drafty air from entering your home, it’s critical to be able to recognize where these window drafts may be originating from and why. Here are some useful tips to pinpoint your Greensboro home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and cracks in unusual locations of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the typical windows with workable capabilities and use a painless visual inspection.
  2. Examine to guarantee that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket by the operable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Check the installation by determining 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 set up.
  5. Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Greensboro to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified where the draft or air leakage is deriving from, the next step is to attend to the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the pros in Greensboro a call at 336-203-0576 with any extra questions or possible replacement needs.

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