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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a moment every Albany winter when you can’t seem to find the source 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 uneasy and frosty, possibly resulting in:

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

According to 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 save money and cut down drafty air from entering your home, it’s critical to be able to recognize where these window drafts might be located and why. Here are some beneficial tips to pinpoint your Albany home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Examine for gaps and cracks in uncommon points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the usual windows with operable capabilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to ensure that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Ensure the sealant or gasket around the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Inspect 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 operate as well as it is installed.
  5. Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Albany to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to concentrate on the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Albany a call at 518-414-5302 with any further questions or prospective replacement needs.