Windows add functionality and beauty to your home. However, old or poorly maintained windows are often a big source of drafts. Whether the fix you have in mind is caulk, weatherstripping, or replacement windows, know that inaction shouldn’t be an option, because drafty windows can drive up your monthly utility bills.
But why do windows get drafty in the first place? We discuss more below.
Reasons for Drafty Windows
Constant exposure to harsh elements can cause windows to deteriorate and become inefficient. With age, the strips and seals lose their strength and the ability to keep the windows airtight, providing an opening for drafts to pass through.
Depending on the window frame material, sudden temperature changes can cause it to contract and expand. Wooden frames, for instance, shrink with age due to constant abuse from the weather. This leads to gaps where drafts can penetrate and affect your indoor comfort levels.
Drafty windows can also be incredibly noisy, especially when strong winds pass them by. Poor installation is also seen as a factor, with the windows performing less efficiently than when professionally installed. If you notice any of these warning signs, then it might be time to shop for replacement windows.
Fixing Drafty Windows
There are a variety of quick fixes for your drafty windows, especially if more permanent solutions have to wait until spring or summer. For example, you can use rope caulk, which is soft, sticky stuff that can be shaped and used to cover the gaps. The caulk can then be removed once winter is over. Shrink film also works—just cover the deteriorated seal and heat with a hairdryer to keep drafts out.
Window replacement, however, is a better long-term solution against drafts. This makes sense if your current windows are nearing the end of their life span. At Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois, you can expect your custom, energy-efficient windows to be installed by our team of professional installers as hassle-free as possible.
Call us today at (866) 693-6707 or fill out our contact form to request a free in-home consultation. We serve residents of Decatur and Springfield, IL.