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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 Boston winter when you can’t locate 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 smallest of cracks can make homes uneasy and frosty, hypothetically 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 properly sealed windows. To help save money and decrease drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to distinguish where these window drafts might be originating from and why. Here are some beneficial tips to find your Boston home’s drafts and inspect for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and cracks in unusual areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the typical windows with workable abilities and use a painless visual inspection.
  2. Check to guarantee that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Ensure the sealant or gasket by the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Test the installation by determining if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only perform as well as it is set up.
  5. Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Boston to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve recognized where the draft or air leakage is coming from, the next step is to attend to the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the pros in Boston a call at 617-712-2342 with any further questions or potential replacement needs.

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