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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a stage every Edmonton winter when you can’t locate the root of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be coming from a window that isn’t shut or sealed well. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and cold, hypothetically resulting in:

  • Cold air escaping into your home
  • Higher heating and cooling costs

Consistent with 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 limit spending and decrease drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts could be coming from and why. Here are some helpful tips to find your Edmonton home’s drafts and inspect for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and cracks in unusual points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the typical windows with operable abilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to guarantee that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Ensure the sealant or gasket around the functional portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Check the installation by verifying if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the harsh opening. A window will only operate as well as it is set up.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Edmonton to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve recognized where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to address the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Edmonton a call at 780-439-9344 with any further questions or possible replacement needs.

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