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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 El Paso winter when you can’t uncover the root of the draft in your home. It could potentially be coming from a window that isn’t shut or sealed well. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes uneasy and frosty, possibly 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 monthly energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with appropriately sealed windows. To help cut back and cut down drafty air from passing through your home, it’s important to be able to recognize where these window drafts could be coming from and why. Here are some beneficial tips to find your El Paso home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and fractures in unusual areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the normal windows with workable abilities and use a painless visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to ensure that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Guarantee the sealant or gasket around the workable portion of the window or door is properly sealing.
  4. Check the installation by determining if the draft is passing through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only function as well as it is set up.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors Southwest in El Paso to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified 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 pros in El Paso a call at 915-833-3066 with any further questions or prospective replacement needs.

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