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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 Traverse City winter when you can’t uncover the root of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be originating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed correctly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes uneasy and cold, potentially resulting in:

  • Cold air escaping 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 monthly energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with appropriately sealed windows. To help limit spending and decrease drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s important to be able to recognize where these window drafts could be originating from and why. Here are some helpful tips to identify your Traverse City home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and fractures in uncommon areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the usual windows with workable means and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Examine to confirm that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket near the functional portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Check the installation by determining if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only operate as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Traverse City 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 attend to the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Traverse City a call at 231-538-2175 with any extra questions or possible replacement needs.

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