My windows have been Infiltrated!
In the Window Industry, “Infiltration” refers to Drafty Windows–how much air goes through a closed window measured in cubic feet, and a good rating is considered to be below “.30”.
Drafty, non-sealing windows account for millions of dollars of wasted heating and cooling cost. In fact, the number one source of wasted money in a home.
Are drafty windows flushing good money down the toilet in your home?
I mean, what good is insulation and a high efficiency SEER rating Air Conditioning system if you’re expensive treated air is just being washed across the neighbor’s yard?
How can you tell?
Sometimes, you can feel the draft–especially on a cold day. (Little secret? Every temperature of air goes through a drafty money costing window– you just FEEL the cold).
The house I grew up in in New Braunfels had old steel casement windows on two and a half walls. Boy, during a windy cold front, it was cold in there!!!
Or, when you open JUST ONE window, and you immediately feel a burst of a cross-wind of air. If all the other windows were sealed, opening one window would NOT cause wind to flow!
Can I tell you a personal story?
I lived in Ohio for 6 years. Initially, it was not going to be that long, so I rented an apartment in downtown Massillon, just off the main drag above a hair salon. It was a great deal (I thought), 1400 sq ft for $550 a month.
Well, I learned about cold.
The day after Thanksgiving, it snowed 8 inches. Not pretty “snow globe” snow, but snow that seemed to come from a sand blaster!
That wind literally “whistled” through those old windows (and they even had storm windows added to the outside). I don’t think I could keep a candle lit.
Needless to say, I was miserable. That year, it stayed cold, and more snow kept coming but that original Thanksgiving 8 inches (the Bow Hunters loved it) was still there in April.
And, I had, and still have, two very talkative parrots as pets. Tropical heat birds that looked at me like I was crazy.
I had to seal those windows.
In Ohio, that means you buy a 3M kit which has double sided tape that you stick around the outline of the window opening on the inside, peel the tape, and attach a sheet of supplied thin clear plastic to the tape to stop the air flow.
And then, you take a hair dryer which heat shrinks the plastic to where it’s tight and wrinkle free, and Voila!! The air is stopped.
Except, and please try to imagine this, those early winter storms are very windy and the snow goes sideways. The wind pressure on those 9 windows was incredible and, I can still see this, that plastic would be bowed out like a huge piece of bubble wrap.
And, when the wind changed direction? That plastic would go from convex to concave in an instant… and SNAP… SNAP … SNAP …. all nine windows in rapid sequence would “POP” as the wind changed.
The parrots hated that. I got all the various drafts sealed eventually, and turned out to be the warmest coziest place (and cheap to heat).
So, yes, all homes have windows. Some have double pane or even storm windows ( that Ohio apartment did), but if they don’t have a good “Infiltration Rating”, or just weren’t installed right, or, have weakened with age…
Get some good tight sealing windows and your wallet, you loved ones, and even your pets will thank you.