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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 Newport winter when you can’t seem to find the root of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be coming from a window that isn’t shut or sealed correctly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and frosty, potentially resulting in:

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

As per 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 entering your home, it’s important to be able to distinguish where these window drafts might be located and why. Here are some helpful tips to pinpoint your Newport home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and fractures in uncommon areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the normal windows with operable means and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to guarantee that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket near the operable portion of the window or door is properly sealing.
  4. Test 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 positioned.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Newport to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve found 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 Newport a call at 401-314-0814 with any additional questions or potential replacement needs.

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