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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a point every Fall River winter when you can’t uncover the source of the draft in your home. It could potentially be emanating from a window that isn’t shut or sealed well. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes uneasy and cold, potentially resulting in:

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

Consistent with 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 limit spending and decrease drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts could be located and why. Here are some helpful tips to identify your Fall River home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and fractures in strange points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the normal windows with functional means and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Examine to guarantee that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket around the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Check the installation by establishing if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only function as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Fall River to have them conduct 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 source of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Fall River a call at 508-939-3464 with any further questions or potential replacement needs.

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