As the days grow darker and colder here in Connecticut, old and drafty windows can quickly become a big problem. For a while, you can ignore the cold by piling up blankets and cranking up the thermostat. But eventually, between your high energy bills and your shivering family members, the problem demands action. To warm up your home and save on utility bills this winter, read on to learn about drafts from your friends at Clinton Glass.
What Causes Drafts?
There are several common causes of drafty windows. Perhaps the most common is a broken or ineffective seal. A damaged seal can be caused by mold, extreme heat or cold, or normal wear and tear, and will allow the air to pass between the panes of glass. Other common causes of drafty windows are improper installation, cracked caulking, or outdated windows. Because modern windows are designed to be energy efficient, they significantly outperform older units at keeping out drafts.
How Can I Reduce Drafts?
Luckily, there are several things you can do yourself to keep the cold air out of your home. Weather-stripping is an easy and effective way to eliminate drafts, using felt or foam to seal the window jams shut. Window film or thermal curtains are other methods to consider as they can be easily installed in a day. Finally, consider re-caulking your windows to truly eliminate the problem at it’s source. Caulking will take a little bit longer, but it’s not difficult – and you may want to caulk around your baseboards while you’re at it.
What If That Doesn’t Work?
By applying these methods, there is a good chance you will finally manage to stop those drafts and make your home warm and comfortable. If the drafts persist, you might have a more serious issue that will require professional help. The team at Clinton Glass has the expertise and equipment to solve the problem. Whether your window units are old or damaged, we can replace or repair any window. Contact us today at (860) 664-3711 to learn more.