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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

There is a point every Cape Cod winter when you can’t locate the root of the draft in your home. It could potentially be originating from a window that isn’t shut or sealed properly. Even the slightest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and frosty, potentially resulting in:

  • Cold air escaping 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 total energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with correctly sealed windows. To help save money and reduce drafty air from passing through your home, it’s critical to be able to identify where these window drafts might be coming from and why. Here are some useful tips to identify your Cape Cod home’s drafts and inspect for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and breaks in strange areas of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the usual windows with operable capabilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Check to ensure that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Ensure the sealant or gasket around the functional portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Test the installation by verifying if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only operate as well as it is installed.
  5. Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Cape Cod to have them perform a home energy audit.

Once you’ve identified where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to attend to the source of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the experts in Cape Cod a call at 508-638-5897 with any further questions or possible replacement needs.

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