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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a moment every West Springfield winter when you can’t locate the source of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be originating from a window that isn’t secured or sealed well. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and frosty, possibly resulting in:

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

Consistent with 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 reduce drafty air from entering your home, it’s critical to be able to recognize where these window drafts could be located and why. Here are some helpful tips to pinpoint your West Springfield home’s drafts and inspect for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and cracks in strange areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the normal windows with functional capabilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to guarantee that windows and doors are closed 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 determining if the draft is passing through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only function as well as it is positioned.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in West Springfield to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve recognized 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 pros in West Springfield a call at (413) 561-7599 with any further questions or possible replacement needs.