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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a point every Salt Lake City winter when you can’t uncover the source of the draft in your home. It could potentially be emanating from a window that isn’t secured or sealed well. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and cold, hypothetically resulting in:

  • Cold air leaking 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 total 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 identify where these window drafts could be originating from and why. Here are some helpful tips to find your Salt Lake City home’s drafts and inspect for issues:

  1. 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 abilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Examine to guarantee that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket near the functional portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Inspect the installation by establishing if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only function as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Salt Lake City to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve recognized where the draft or air leakage is coming from, the next step is to address the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Salt Lake City a call at 385-203-8083 with any additional questions or potential replacement needs.

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