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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a moment every North Carolina winter when you can’t seem to find the cause of the draft in your home. It could potentially be originating from a window that isn’t shut or sealed well. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes uneasy and cold, hypothetically resulting in:

  • Cold air escaping 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 limit spending and decrease drafty air from entering your home, it’s essential to be able to distinguish where these window drafts could be originating from and why. Here are some useful tips to identify your North Carolina home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and breaks in uncommon areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the normal windows with operable capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Examine to confirm that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket by the operable portion of the window or door is properly sealing.
  4. Test the installation by determining if the draft is passing through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only function as well as it is installed.
  5. Call a professional from Pella in North Carolina to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified where the draft or air leakage is coming from, the next step is to address the source of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the pros in North Carolina a call at 866-539-4196 with any extra questions or possible replacement needs.