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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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How To Deal With Drafty Windows

by Mike Brewer

If you have drafty windows in your home, it can make you dread the winter due to cold temperatures and increased heating costs. Window drafts are not something you are stuck with forever, as there are things you can do to fix the problem. By understanding your options, you can decide on which one is best for your home.

Completely Reseal The Windows

Drafts can often come from the pane of glass within the window frame not forming a good seal. A sign that the draft is coming through this part of the window is if the glass rattles easily. You can fix the problem yourself by resealing the window. You will have to remove and replace all the old putty and glaze around the glass. It will stop the window from shaking, and help form a better seal.

Install Storm Windows

While storm windows were designed to protect your windows during bad weather, they also provide insulation that can help keep the cold air out of your home. Storm windows can be installed in late fall, kept on during the entire winter, and taken down in the spring. While storm windows will not let you open your windows to get fresh air in your home, you probably will not be opening your windows in the winter anyway.

Add Weather Stripping

When the draft is coming from the gap between the window and the frame, it can help to add weather stripping around the edge of your window. Weather stripping is very simple to install on your own, as it is just a piece of foam that helps close the gap in your windows. You can even use the same material to help seal your doors too.

Weather stripping will wear down over time, so expect to replace it every couple of years as the material starts to deteriorate.

Upgrade Your Home's Windows

While it may be costly, getting new windows installed on your home will solve your draft problems once and for all. If your windows are currently single pane, upgrading to dual pane windows could see improvements in helping lower your heating bill. Not only will you be protected from drafts during the winter, but it will keep your home cool throughout the summer as well by improving the efficiency of your home's air conditioner.

Now that you are aware of a few solutions to drafty windows, you can decide on which one is best for your home. For more information, contact a company like Brothers Home Improvement.

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