There is a stage every Washington DC winter when you can’t uncover the root of the draft in your home. It could theoretically be originating from a window that isn’t secured or sealed correctly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and cold, hypothetically resulting in:
- Cold air seeping into your home
- Increased 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 correctly sealed windows. To help cut back and reduce drafty air from passing through your home, it’s critical to be able to distinguish where these window drafts could be located and why. Here are some useful tips to pinpoint your Washington DC home’s drafts and examine for issues:
- Look for gaps and cracks in strange areas 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.
- Inspect to confirm that windows and doors are sealed and latched.
- Guarantee the sealant or gasket near the functional portion of the window or door is accurately sealing.
- Check the installation by establishing if the draft is passing through the window or around the window, between the window and the coarse opening. A window will only function as well as it is set up.
- Call a specialist from Pella Windows and Doors in Washington DC to have them perform a home energy audit.
Once you’ve found where the draft or air leakage is coming from, the next step is to address the foundation of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the pros in Washington DC a call at (202) 810-6799 with any further questions or potential replacement needs.