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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a stage every Saint Louis winter when you can’t uncover the cause of the draft in your home. It could possibly be coming from a window that isn’t secured or sealed properly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and cold, 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 total 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 critical to be able to distinguish where these window drafts may be located and why. Here are some beneficial tips to pinpoint your Saint Louis home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and breaks in strange locations of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the usual windows with functional capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Check to ensure that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket by the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Check the installation by determining if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only perform as well as it is set up.
  5. Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Saint Louis to have them perform a home energy audit.

Once you’ve found where the draft or air leakage is deriving from, the next step is to concentrate on the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Saint Louis a call at 314-207-0726 with any additional questions or potential replacement needs.