Window drafts are a common but serious problem. Not only will your home be less comfortable, but you’ll end up spending more money on your heating and cooling bills throughout the year. The good news is that there are several ways you can fix this problem.
1. The Seal Is Cracking or Damaged
The seals around the panes and casings should not be cracked or suffering from dry rot. The expansion and contraction of the material that the window is made from can cause seals to break over time, especially with older windows and those with wooden casings. This break in the windows seal is a common culprit for letting drafts into the home.
2. The Window Is Crooked
Crooked windows are often hard to close and latch. This creates additional space between the casings, which is another place for cold winter drafts to enter the home and increase your heating or cooling bills.
3. Condensation on the Windows or Between the Panes
Condensation between the window panes can be a clear indicator of failed seals while excessive condensation on the inside of the window pane can be an indicator of generally poor performance. Windows that retain condensation may indicate the need for replacement.
4. Your Windows Are Hard to Operate
Has opening your windows become a chore? Whether it’s opening, closing or locking, your windows should not need a lot of force or pressure to operate properly. If they are becoming stuck, either open or closed, the wood has absorbed moisture.
5. The Curtains Move When the Window Is Closed
If your curtains are blowing in the breeze, but your windows are closed, it’s probably not a good sign. If a draft entering the home is strong enough that it is moving your curtains, there is a good chance that your windows are showing other visible signs of damage.
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