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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a moment every Hanover winter when you can’t locate the source of the draft in your home. It could possibly be coming from a window that isn’t shut or sealed correctly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and cold, hypothetically resulting in:

  • Cold air seeping into your home
  • Increased 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 properly sealed windows. To help save money and cut down 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 beneficial tips to identify your Hanover home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and cracks in unusual points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the usual windows with operable abilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Check to confirm 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 properly sealing.
  4. Test the installation by determining if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only perform as well as it is set up.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Hanover to have them perform a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified 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 Hanover a call at 781-826-8005 with any additional questions or prospective replacement needs.