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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 Grand Rapids winter when you can’t seem to find the cause of the draft in your home. It could potentially be originating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed well. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes uneasy and cold, potentially resulting in:

  • Cold air escaping 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 cut back and reduce drafty air from passing through your home, it’s important to be able to distinguish where these window drafts could be originating from and why. Here are some beneficial tips to find your Grand Rapids home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and cracks in uncommon points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the usual windows with operable abilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Check to confirm that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket by the operable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Test the installation by verifying if the draft is passing through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only operate as well as it is installed.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Grand Rapids to have them perform a home energy audit.

Once you’ve recognized where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to attend to the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Grand Rapids a call at 616-201-0206 with any extra questions or prospective replacement needs.

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