There is a stage every Providence winter when you can’t uncover the cause of the draft in your home. It could possibly be emanating from a window that isn’t closed or sealed properly. Even the thinnest of cracks can make homes unpleasant and cold, hypothetically resulting in:
- Cold air seeping into your home
- Higher heating and cooling costs
As per 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 appropriately sealed windows. To help limit spending and reduce drafty air from entering your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts might be coming from and why. Here are some useful tips to find your Providence home’s drafts and inspect for issues:
- Examine for gaps and breaks in uncommon points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic access points or just the normal windows with functional abilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
- Examine to ensure that windows and doors are shut and latched.
- Ensure the sealant or gasket around the workable portion of the window or door is properly sealing.
- Test the installation by determining if the draft is coming 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.
- Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Providence to have them perform a home energy audit.
Once you’ve identified where the draft or air leakage is coming from, the next step is to attend to the cause of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Providence a call at 508-413-3004 with any extra questions or prospective replacement needs.