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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 Santa Fe winter when you can’t uncover the source of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be coming from a window that isn’t secured or sealed correctly. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and chilly, possibly resulting in:

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

As per 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 cut down drafty air from entering your home, it’s essential to be able to recognize where these window drafts might be originating from and why. Here are some beneficial tips to pinpoint your Santa Fe home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and cracks in strange areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the typical windows with workable capabilities and use a painless visual inspection.
  2. Check to ensure that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket by the workable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Inspect the installation by determining if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the harsh opening. A window will only function as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors Southwest in Santa Fe to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve found where the draft or air leakage is deriving from, the next step is to address the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Santa Fe a call at 505-373-1286 with any extra questions or possible replacement needs.

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