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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 Mt. Pleasant winter when you can’t seem to find the root of the draft in your home. It could potentially be originating from a window that isn’t secured or sealed correctly. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes uneasy and chilly, potentially resulting in:

  • Cold air leaking into your home
  • Higher 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 limit spending and cut down drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s important to be able to distinguish where these window drafts may be originating from and why. Here are some helpful tips to find your Mt. Pleasant home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and breaks in uncommon areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the typical windows with operable capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to guarantee that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket around the workable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Inspect the installation by verifying if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only operate as well as it is installed.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Mt. Pleasant 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 concentrate on the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Mt. Pleasant a call at 989-317-2558 with any further questions or prospective replacement needs.

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