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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a point every Winston-Salem winter when you can’t seem to find the source of the draft in your home. It could potentially be emanating from a window that isn’t shut or sealed correctly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes uneasy and chilly, possibly resulting in:

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

As per 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 reduce drafty air from entering your home, it’s essential to be able to identify where these window drafts may be originating from and why. Here are some useful tips to identify your Winston-Salem 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 usual windows with operable capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Check to guarantee that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket around 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 rough opening. A window will only function as well as it is installed.
  5. Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Winston-Salem 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 attend to the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Winston-Salem a call at 336-203-0704 with any additional questions or potential replacement needs.