Drafts can have a serious impact on the energy efficiency of your home. Even inoperable window styles such as picture windows can be drafty. Drafts are a clear indication of an air leak in your doors or windows. They allow cold outdoor air to get inside your home, making your heater work harder to compensate. In the summer, the same leaks allow cooled, indoor air to escape, which causes your AC to run more frequently, leading to higher energy bills.
With fall on the horizon, there’s no better time to fix drafty doors and windows. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Oklahoma explains the common causes of drafts in replacement windows and shares some tips on what to do about it.
The glass components of your windows are attached to the sashes and sealed with glazing putty or weatherstripping. Over time, these seals can become brittle, allowing cracks to form and causing air leaks. This leads to drafts around windows and doors. You can usually replace the weatherstripping or the seals before they show signs of deterioration, but as the unit ages, the problem will likely worsen.
If a draft has suddenly formed around one of your windows, it’s best to call in a professional for repairs right away. While you wait, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the impact on your home’s energy efficiency. You can purchase plastic shrink wrap, V-stripping or even apply nail polish on the sealing putty to seal the air leak.
Fixing Drafts for Good
A full window replacement is the best way to avoid draft problems caused by old windows. Consider installing custom windows and choosing features that can reduce the chances of drafts forming. Talk to your windows contractor about which styles of windows would be most effective at preventing drafts.
Renewal by Andersen® of Oklahoma is the window contractor to trust in the local area. Give us a call at (918) 921-9211 or fill out our contact form to schedule an in-home consultation and request a free estimate on new replacement windows today. We serve homeowners in Tulsa, OK, and nearby areas.