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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a moment every Cheyenne winter when you can’t uncover the root of the draft in your home. It could potentially be coming from a window that isn’t secured or sealed correctly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and chilly, hypothetically 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 monthly energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with appropriately sealed windows. To help save money and decrease drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s critical 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:

  1. Examine for gaps and cracks in unusual locations of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the usual windows with workable means and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Examine to confirm that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Ensure the sealant or gasket around the workable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. 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.
  5. Call a specialist from Prairie Pella Wyoming LLC in Cheyenne to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified 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.

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