Do you feel a soft gust of air when you glide your hand over the window frames of your house? If yes, then you are currently experiencing an all-too-common problem with windows – drafts. Drafts, also known as air leakage, can cause your windows to rattle or curtains to swing non-stop, making you feel uncomfortable inside your own home. To make matters worse, drafts contribute to the sudden spike in utility bills.
So, why do windows get drafty in the first place, and how can this problem be fixed?
Causes of Drafty Windows
With old windows, the main culprit of rattling glass is brittle and chipped glazing putty. Double-hung sashes of wood windows, on the other hand, can shrink over time and let in cold air. When it comes to vinyl or aluminum windows, gaskets or weatherstripping may show signs of wear and tear. All these factors play a role in causing drafts around your home.
Solutions to Drafty Windows
There are quite a few long-term solutions to drafty windows, including:
- Replace Loose Putty The glazing putty is used to seal windows panes. It can crack and fall out after a period of time, leading to gaps around the frames. If loose or missing putty is the root cause of your drafty windows, you have to remove all traces of old putty and replace it with a new, thin layer using a putty knife.
- Replace Windows An old and persistently rattling window is simply not useful anymore. The best thing you can do is call a professional and get new windows. Be sure to select units with low-maintenance frames, superior insulation and low-E glass.
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