How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows
There is a moment every Cheyenne winter when you can’t seem to find the root of the draft in your home. It could potentially be emanating from a window that isn’t secured or sealed correctly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and cold, hypothetically resulting in:
- Cold air leaking 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 total energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with appropriately sealed windows. To help cut back and decrease drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts could be originating from and why. Here are some useful tips to pinpoint your Cheyenne home’s drafts and examine for issues:
- Examine for gaps and breaks in uncommon locations of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the normal windows with workable means and use a straightforward visual inspection.
- Examine to confirm that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
- Ensure the sealant or gasket near the workable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
- Test the installation by establishing if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the harsh opening. A window will only function as well as it is installed.
- Call a specialist from Prairie Pella Wyoming LLC in Cheyenne to have them run a home energy audit.
Once you’ve recognized where the draft or air leakage is deriving from, the next step is to address the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Cheyenne a call at 307-632-6373 with any extra questions or potential replacement needs.