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How to Find the Cause of Drafty Windows

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There is a stage every St. Paul winter when you can’t seem to find the root of the draft in your home. It could potentially be coming from a window that isn’t closed or sealed correctly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes uneasy and frosty, potentially resulting in:

  • Cold air seeping 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 monthly energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with properly sealed windows. To help limit spending and reduce drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s essential to be able to identify where these window drafts may be originating from and why. Here are some helpful tips to find your St. Paul home’s drafts and examine for issues:

  1. Look for gaps and cracks in unusual points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic doors or just the typical windows with functional capabilities and use a simple visual inspection.
  2. Examine to guarantee that windows and doors are closed and latched.
  3. Make sure that the sealant or gasket around the workable portion of the window or door is correctly sealing.
  4. Check the installation by establishing if the draft is coming through the window or around the window, between the window and the harsh opening. A window will only perform as well as it is installed.
  5. Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in St. Paul to have them run a home energy audit.

Once you’ve recognized 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 specialists in St. Paul a call at 651-213-9049 with any extra questions or possible replacement needs.