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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a stage every Norwalk winter when you can’t uncover the root of the draft in your home. It could potentially be emanating from a window that isn’t secured or sealed properly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes uneasy and frosty, potentially resulting in:

  • Cold air seeping 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 cut back and reduce drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to distinguish where these window drafts could be located and why. Here are some beneficial tips to identify your Norwalk home’s drafts and inspect for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and cracks in unusual areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the normal windows with workable means and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Check to ensure that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket around the functional portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Check the installation by verifying if the draft is passing through the window or around the window, between the window and the harsh opening. A window will only perform as well as it is installed.
  5. Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Norwalk 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 address the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Norwalk a call at 203-663-3778 with any further questions or prospective replacement needs.

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