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Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Check for Air Leaks in Your Windows

Now is the time to get your home ready for the cold winter ahead. One of the most important things you can do to prepare your house is to seal up leaky windows. First, however, you’ll need to identify problematic windows. Let’s take a look at how to check for air leaks in your windows:


1. Feel for drafts

First you must figure out whether or not air is flowing through your windows when closed.  "A great way to do this is to hold a lit candle close to the window seams," recommends DIYNetwork.com. If the flame flickers or bends, then there could be a draft.

2. Inspect your home for cracks and gaps

Energy.gov suggests looking at the following areas in your home for signs of an air leak:
  • Window and door frames
  • Baseboards
  • Weatherstripping
  • Wall- and window-mounted air conditioners
  • Attic hatches
3.  Remove old caulking

If old caulking isn't doing its job anymore, apply caulk softener, let it sit for a couple of hours, and then knife it off. It's important to remove as much of the old caulking as possible. Otherwise, the new caulking may not adhere properly.

If you're still not sure if your windows are leaking air, call Superior Windowland now at (203) 948-7770. We'll work with you to determine if it's time to repair or replace your windows. Learn more at our website.

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