If you’ve ever felt a sudden breeze inside your home, pay attention to whether there are windows nearby. If so, you might have drafty windows. Not only do drafty windows lead to an uncomfortably chilly home during the winter, but they can also cause your energy bills to rise as your heater works overtime to compensate.
Today’s blog post we’re tackling the common causes of drafty windows and how window replacement can help solve this problem.
Your windows are susceptible to wear and tear from the aging process just like any other part of your home. Windows at the end of their service life may exhibit signs of deterioration such as brittle glazing putty or shrinking sashes. Gaskets can wear out, as well as weather stripping. When this happens, your windows become less efficient at keeping outside air out and inside air in.
Even new windows occasionally create drafts, but this is almost always a sign of improper installation by subpar window contractors. To avoid drafty windows due to poor workmanship, make sure to vet your contractor carefully before hiring them. Look for a company with a strong local presence, excellent customer testimonials and many years of experience.
How Can Drafty Windows Be Fixed?
While window aging cannot be avoided, you can take steps to ensure that your new windows won’t become drafty. If they are operable such as double-hung or casement windows, open and close them gently and properly. Make sure to clean them periodically too. If TLC won’t cut it, consider replacing your windows.
Renewal by Andersen of Spokane has been providing homes with excellent window and door replacement services for many years. Call us at (509) 316-0680 to learn more about our services and products. We serve Spokane, WA.