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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a stage every Jackson winter when you can’t uncover the root of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be coming from a window that isn’t closed or sealed correctly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and chilly, hypothetically resulting in:

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

According to 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 properly sealed windows. To help limit spending and reduce drafty air from passing through your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts might be located and why. Here are some helpful tips to pinpoint your Jackson 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 hatches or just the usual windows with operable means 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 by the functional portion of the window or door is properly sealing.
  4. Test the installation by determining if the draft is passing through the window or around the window, between the window and the harsh opening. A window will only operate as well as it is installed.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Jackson to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve recognized where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to address the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the pros in Jackson a call at 307-733-0535 with any additional questions or possible replacement needs.

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