There is a moment every Baltimore winter when you can’t seem to find the cause of the draft in your home. It could potentially be emanating from a window that isn’t shut or sealed correctly. Even the smallest of cracks can make homes uncomfortable and frosty, 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 monthly energy bill, or 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs, with correctly sealed windows. To help limit spending and reduce drafty air from flowing into your home, it’s important to be able to identify where these window drafts could be coming from and why. Here are some useful tips to identify your Baltimore home’s drafts and examine for issues:
- Look for gaps and cracks in uncommon points of air leakage, such as knee walls, outdoor faucets, attic hatches or just the typical windows with operable capabilities and use a straightforward visual inspection.
- Check to confirm that windows and doors are shut and latched.
- Make sure that the sealant or gasket around the workable portion of the window or door is properly sealing.
- Check the installation by establishing if the draft is traveling through the window or around the window, between the window and the rough opening. A window will only function as well as it is installed.
- Call a professional from Pella Windows and Doors in Baltimore to have them conduct a home energy audit.
Once you’ve recognized where the draft or air leakage is deriving from, the next step is to address the source of the draft or air leakage. As always, give the specialists in Baltimore a call at 301-637-0762 with any further questions or potential replacement needs.