Drafty windows can be very troublesome, especially during winter. In addition to affecting indoor comfort, they can also lead to a spike in your heating bills. To deal with this kind of window problem, it helps to have an understanding of the causes.
Here to discuss how windows get drafty is Renewal by Andersen® of Denver. We also share some tips on fixing a drafty window.
Why Do Windows Become Drafty?
A common culprit behind drafty windows is the glazing putty, which grows brittle over time. This leaves the glass rattling in place and enables air to leak into a room. For double-hung types, the sashes have the tendency to shrink with age and wear. In the case of an aluminum or vinyl window, the gaskets or weatherstripping may have been worn out. All these can cause the cold air to enter through the window.
How Can Drafty Windows Be Fixed?
If you’re looking for a long-term fix, getting replacement windows is one of your best options. However, if your window is generally still in good condition and the only problem is with the glazing putty, you can replace the glazing only. Consider hiring a professional because a mediocre job won’t be able to eliminate the air leaks.
There are also easy fixes that you can try if you can’t afford window replacement right now. For instance, you can add V-seal weatherstripping along the sides of the sashes. If the leaks are at the bottom of your window, you can purchase a foam-and-fabric draft snake kit. Simply place the snake on the sill and shut your window on it for proper sealing.
If you need custom-crafted and energy-efficient double-hung windows, Renewal by Andersen of Denver is ready to help you. Call us at (719) 419-5496 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve customers in Colorado Springs and Denver.