Windows play a huge role in keeping your home thermally comfortable and energy-efficient. However, their constant exposure to the elements can wear down their seals, allowing drafts to enter your home. The rattling sound they make is annoying enough, but drafty windows can also increase your energy bills because they make indoor temperatures inconsistent.
What Other Things Can Cause Drafty Windows?
Older windows are more likely to let drafts into your home because their glazing putty has already grown brittle or has fallen away, leaving the glass to rattle in place. If you have wood windows, you may notice that they tend to shrink with age and wear. This allows for gaps between the frames and the window opening that lets in cold air.
Quick Fixes for Drafty Windows
You’ll want to make sure your windows can retain their insulating value. But if you’re on a budget, here are a couple of quick fixes you can do to prevent drafts in your units:
1. You can add weatherstripping along the sides of the window sashes to prevent drafts from leaking into your home.
2. There are caulking options like rope caulk you can use to seal the gap around your windows.
3. You can use shrink film, which is applied with double-sided tape, to seal off drafts.
4. If your windows have cracks, you can fill them with clear nail polish, which stabilizes the glass once it hardens.
Just note that these are temporary (not always effective) solutions. To keep your windows draft-free, it’s always a better idea to invest in a long-term fix like new windows.
Our Exceptional Window Replacement Services
Since 1993, Illinois Energy Windows & Siding, Inc. has provided the community with the highest quality solutions to their window replacement needs. We carry and install only Worthington Windows®, which are designed for durability, beauty and long-lasting performance. Thanks to exclusive Quadraseal™, these windows allow for a more durable and airtight seal that effectively prevents air leakage and significant energy loss. With our top-tier choices, keeping your home energy-efficient is worry-free.
Look no further than Illinois Energy Windows & Siding, Inc. for your window replacement project. We serve Darien, Highland Park and Glencoe, IL, plus the nearby areas. Call us today at (630) 627-9200, or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.