How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows
There is a point every Greenfield winter when you can’t uncover the root of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be emanating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed properly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and chilly, potentially resulting in:
- Cold air seeping into your home
- Larger heating and cooling costs
As per the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, you can save 10 percent on your regular energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with properly sealed windows. To help cut back and cut down drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts may be coming from and why. Here are some useful tips to identify your Greenfield home’s drafts and check for issues:
- Examine for gaps and breaks in uncommon locations of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the normal windows with functional means and use a painless visual inspection.
- Inspect to confirm that windows and doors are closed and latched.
- Make sure that the sealant or gasket around the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
- Test the installation by verifying if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the harsh opening. A window will only perform as well as it is set up.
- Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Greenfield to have them perform a home energy audit.
Once you’ve recognized where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to attend to the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Greenfield a call at (413) 829-0299 with any extra questions or possible replacement needs.