Drafty windows cause your home’s climate-controlled air to leak out while allowing outside air inside. Pockets of hot or cold air in front of your windows or an unusual breeze might be a sign of a drafty window. More expensive energy bills might be another indicator of a faulty window as drafts push your heating and cooling system to work harder than it should.
Here are a few visible signs of leaky or drafty windows.
- The Seal Is Cracking or Damaged
The seals around the panes and casings should not be cracked or suffering from dry rot. Over time, older windows and wooden casings expand and contract causing the seals to break. This break in the windows seal is a common culprit for letting drafts into the home.
- The Window Is Crooked
Crooked windows are often hard to close and latch. This creates additional space between the casings, which is another place for cold winter drafts to enter the home and increase your heating or cooling bills.
- Condensation on the Windows or Between the Panes
Condensation is generally the result of the seal breaking on a multi-pane window. If moisture can get between the panes, then air is also leaking through. Replacement is the best course of action if you want to improve your energy savings.
- The Curtains Move When the Window Is Closed
If your curtains are blowing in the breeze, but your windows are closed, it’s probably not a good sign. If a draft entering the home is strong enough that it is moving your curtains, there is a good chance that your windows are showing other visible signs of damage.
- The Window Is Difficult to Open or Close
Windows should open smoothly, regardless of the temperature or relative humidity. Wood frames may swell slightly in wet weather, making them a bit stiffer to open, but they shouldn’t become fully stuck. If they are becoming stuck, either open or closed, the wood has absorbed moisture.
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