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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 Albuquerque winter when you can’t seem to find the cause of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be originating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed properly. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes uneasy and frosty, possibly resulting in:

  • Cold air leaking into your home
  • Larger heating and cooling costs

Consistent with 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 correctly sealed windows. To help limit spending and reduce drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to distinguish where these window drafts may be originating from and why. Here are some beneficial tips to identify your Albuquerque home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Examine for gaps and breaks in uncommon points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the usual windows with operable means and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Examine to guarantee that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket around the workable portion of the window or door is properly sealing.
  4. Test the installation by establishing if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only operate as well as it is set up.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors Southwest in Albuquerque to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve found where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to attend to the source of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Albuquerque a call at 505-373-1296 with any further questions or prospective replacement needs.

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