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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 Springfield winter when you can’t uncover the cause of the draft in your home. It could possibly be emanating from a window that isn’t secured or sealed correctly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and chilly, possibly resulting in:

  • Cold air seeping into your home
  • Increased 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 appropriately sealed windows. To help save money and reduce drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s critical to be able to identify where these window drafts might be coming from and why. Here are some beneficial tips to find your Springfield home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Examine for gaps and breaks in strange points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the usual windows with functional capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Check to confirm that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Ensure the sealant or gasket around the functional portion of the window or door is properly sealing.
  4. Inspect the installation by verifying if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only perform as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Springfield to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified where the draft or air leakage is deriving from, the next step is to address the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Springfield a call at 217-793-0550 with any further questions or potential replacement needs.

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