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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a moment every Raleigh winter when you can’t locate the cause of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be emanating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed well. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and frosty, potentially resulting in:

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

Consistent with 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 appropriately sealed windows. To help cut back and decrease drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s critical to be able to recognize where these window drafts could be located and why. Here are some useful tips to pinpoint your Raleigh home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and cracks in uncommon points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the usual windows with workable capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Check 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 correctly sealing.
  4. Test 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 function as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Raleigh 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 concentrate on the source of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Raleigh a call at 919-324-0196 with any further questions or potential replacement needs.

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