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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a stage every Northern Virginia winter when you can’t seem to find the cause of the draft in your home. It could potentially be coming from a window that isn’t secured or sealed correctly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and cold, hypothetically resulting in:

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

As per 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 limit spending and cut down drafty air from passing through your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts might be coming from and why. Here are some useful tips to find your Northern Virginia home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and fractures in strange locations of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the typical windows with workable abilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to guarantee that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket near the workable portion of the window or door is properly sealing.
  4. Check the installation by establishing if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only perform as well as it is set up.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Northern Virginia to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve recognized 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 pros in Northern Virginia a call at 571-292-3519 with any extra questions or possible replacement needs.