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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a moment every Des Moines winter when you can’t uncover the root of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be coming from a window that isn’t secured or sealed properly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and chilly, 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 total energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with appropriately sealed windows. To help cut back and decrease drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts might be originating from and why. Here are some useful tips to pinpoint your Des Moines home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Examine for gaps and fractures in unusual locations of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the usual windows with functional capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Examine to confirm that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket around the workable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Test the installation by verifying if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only perform as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Des Moines to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to attend to the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Des Moines a call at 515-219-7723 with any additional questions or possible replacement needs.