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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 Baton Rouge winter when you can’t seem to find the cause of the draft in your home. It could potentially be emanating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed correctly. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes uneasy and frosty, potentially resulting in:

  • Cold air leaking into your home
  • Higher 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 appropriately sealed windows. To help save money and decrease drafty air from passing through your home, it’s important to be able to distinguish where these window drafts may be coming from and why. Here are some helpful tips to find your Baton Rouge home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and breaks in unusual areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the usual windows with functional abilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Check to guarantee that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket around the workable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Inspect the installation by establishing if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only perform as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Baton Rouge 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 cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Baton Rouge a call at (877) 680-9334 with any extra questions or prospective replacement needs.

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