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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a point every Boise winter when you can’t uncover the cause of the draft in your home. It could potentially be coming from a window that isn’t secured or sealed well. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and frosty, hypothetically resulting in:

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

According to 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 cut back and reduce drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s critical to be able to recognize where these window drafts could be coming from and why. Here are some useful tips to find your Boise home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and fractures in uncommon areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the usual windows with workable abilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Inspect to confirm that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Ensure the sealant or gasket near the operable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Check the installation by establishing if the draft is coming 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 Boise 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 foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the pros in Boise a call at 208-373-0002 with any extra questions or prospective replacement needs.