Why Are My Windows Drafty?

Written on: March 11th, 2016 BY IN Windows

If your home has drafty windows, you could be paying more to heat and cool your home than necessary. Bitter breezes and hot air can also make some rooms very uncomfortable. The first step to getting rid of drafty windows is to figure out the cause. Here are some possibilities as well as viable fixes.

Factors that Cause Drafty Windows

  • Warping: Windows lose their shape over time, especially those made of wood. Warping weakens the connection between the window and its frame, allowing air to seep through and create the drafts you feel.
  • Single-pane glass: Advanced window technology today includes double- and even triple-pane windows filled with insulating gases and coated with special films. Insulated frames and expert installation all contribute to today’s high-efficiency windows. Unfortunately, older single-pane windows lack these features and are very poor insulators, causing air to transfer more readily through the glass and frame.
  • Incorrect installation: Getting new windows in place is a delicate process you should leave to a professional. Attempting a DIY installation could result in drafty windows from day one.

How to Fix Drafty Windows

  • Caulk and weatherstripping: These quick fixes are great for sealing gaps and cracks around warping windows. Caulk fills stationary cracks while weatherstripping helps the window close more tightly. You can install these inexpensive solutions without help from a professional.
  • Storm windows or plastic films: To help keep out drafts in the winter, you have the option to install storm windows. This adds an extra pane of glass to help insulate against drafts. A less expensive alternative is to apply a plastic film to the inside of your window. The problem with this option is that you can’t operate the window until the film is removed in the spring.
  • Replacement windows: Quick fixes and temporary solutions only work for so long. When you’re ready to do away with drafty windows once and for all, look into replacing them with energy-efficient windows! The upgrade pays for itself over time through lower energy bills and increased home value. New windows also make your home more comfortable, secure and soundproof.

To learn more about replacing your old, drafty windows in your central Indiana home, contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today. We have a wide selection of multi-pane vinyl windows for you to choose from.