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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a stage every Wilmington winter when you can’t seem to find the cause of the draft in your home. It could potentially be emanating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed correctly. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and cold, possibly resulting in:

  • Cold air escaping into your home
  • Increased heating and cooling costs

According to 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 correctly sealed windows. To help cut back and cut down drafty air from entering your home, it’s essential to be able to identify where these window drafts could be originating from and why. Here are some beneficial tips to identify your Wilmington home’s drafts and inspect for issues:

  1. Examine for gaps and cracks in unusual points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the typical windows with functional capabilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to ensure that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket near the operable 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 rough opening. A window will only operate as well as it is installed.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Wilmington to have them perform 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 foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Wilmington a call at 910-218-9596 with any extra questions or potential replacement needs.