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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 Scottsdale winter when you can’t locate the source of the draft in your home. It could potentially be coming from a window that isn’t closed or sealed properly. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes uneasy and chilly, possibly resulting in:

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

According to 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 passing through your home, it’s critical to be able to identify where these window drafts may be located and why. Here are some useful tips to identify your Scottsdale home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and cracks in unusual areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the normal windows with functional abilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to confirm that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket near the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Inspect 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 operate as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Scottsdale to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified where the draft or air leakage is coming from, the next step is to address the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the pros in Scottsdale a call at 480-296-2022 with any extra questions or possible replacement needs.

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