Fixing Drafty Windows

When you find that your energy bills are unusually high despite the fact that you have not been doing anything differently in your home, it might be time for you to check your windows and doors for draftiness. If your home’s doors and windows are drafty, this means your home is leaking warm or cold air, and this is what is making your energy bills go up. To reduce your energy consumption and your energy bills, you need to address this issue immediately.

How do you determine if you have drafty windows and/or drafty doors? There are a few tests that you can run yourself to find out if your windows and doors are indeed to be blamed for letting warm or cold air escape from your home. The first thing you can do is to check for visible signs of draftiness, such as damaged weather stripping, failed caulking, and cracks as well as loose edges on window panes.

Other tests you can use to check for draftiness include the smoke test, candle test, and curtain test. You need to do all of these tests with your windows closed. When the smoke from a stick of incense, the flame on your candle, and the fabric of your light curtains move towards the window in question even when it is closed, it means that you have a drafty window.

Solutions for Drafty Windows

When you discover that you have a drafty window, you have a few options for fixing this. These include DIY solutions and options that require the help of professionals. DIY solutions are usually temporary fixes that you will need to revisit again in the near future while those that involve the help of professionals are usually more lasting fixes. Here are some of your options for drafty window fixes:

  • Reapply caulking – This you can do on your own and can be easily done with the use of a caulking gun. Simply look for areas where the original caulking is damaged and reapply new caulking to it to restore the air-tightness of your windows.
  • Apply weather stripping – You can also do this yourself and these can be applied over gaps around your windows and window panes.
  • Use a draft snake – This is a very temporary fix and should only be used when you don’t have the time to reapply caulking or weather stripping. This can also be used to help keep drafts out while you are waiting to have your windows fixed or replaced.
  • Have your windows replaced – This will require the help of professionals and is your best recourse when your windows are damaged and need to be replaced with new ones.

Replacement Windows by Paradise Home Improvement

If you don’t want temporary fixes and want to improve the energy efficiency of your home, it might be a good idea to consider replacement windows for your old-drafty ones in your home in North & South Carolina. The company to trust with your replacement window needs here is Paradise Home Improvement. We can install your new windows for you and even suggest other energy efficiency solutions for your home.

Some of the solutions you can use to help reduce your energy consumption and bills include the installation of better siding, the improvement of your home’s insulation, and the use of radiant barriers in your attic. We can help with your home improvement needs and all you need to do is to contact us at 844-261-5252 today.