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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 Tucson winter when you can’t locate the source of the draft in your home. It could possibly be originating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed properly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and frosty, potentially resulting in:

  • Cold air seeping 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 limit spending and reduce drafty air from passing through your home, it’s important to be able to distinguish where these window drafts could be located and why. Here are some helpful tips to find your Tucson home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and breaks in strange points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the usual windows with operable capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to ensure that windows and doors are shut and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket near the operable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Test the installation by determining if the draft is passing through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only operate as well as it is set up.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Tucson to have them perform a home energy audit.

Once you’ve found where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to attend to the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Tucson a call at 520-989-3300 with any additional questions or possible replacement needs.

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