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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 Binghamton winter when you can’t locate the cause of the draft in your home. It could potentially be originating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed properly. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and chilly, potentially 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 regular energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with properly sealed windows. To help limit spending and reduce drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts might be originating from and why. Here are some beneficial tips to identify your Binghamton home’s drafts and inspect for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and cracks in unusual points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the normal windows with operable abilities and use a painless visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to confirm that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket around the functional portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Check the installation by determining if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the harsh opening. A window will only perform as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Binghamton to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve found where the draft or air leakage is coming from, the next step is to address the source of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Binghamton a call at 607-296-0475 with any extra questions or potential replacement needs.

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