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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a moment every Oklahoma City winter when you can’t seem to find the cause of the draft in your home. It could potentially be coming from a window that isn’t shut or sealed correctly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and chilly, potentially resulting in:

  • Cold air escaping into your home
  • Higher heating and cooling costs

Consistent with 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 cut back and decrease drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts may be located and why. Here are some useful tips to identify your Oklahoma City home’s drafts and check for issues:

  1. Search for gaps and fractures in strange locations of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the usual windows with functional capabilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
  2. Check to confirm that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket by the workable portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
  4. Check the installation by verifying if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only operate as well as it is set up.
  5. Call an expert from Pella Windows and Doors in Oklahoma City to have them conduct a home energy audit.

Once you’ve recognized where the draft or air leakage is originating from, the next step is to address the source of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the pros in Oklahoma City a call at (405) 276-4323 with any additional questions or potential replacement needs.