- Home Improvement

How To Check Windows And Doors For Costly Air Leaks

You run your HVAC system for hours and feel a negligible difference in the temperature. Whether you’re trying to heat the home or cool it down, the longer you run your system, the more expensive it can get.

It seems you’re operating the system for hours only to bring the thermostat up or down a mere few degrees and you feel like something is wrong. But while any number of issues might be the cause of this particular problem, it’s only going to cost you more to bring in a technician to assess the trouble.

Though before you pay $60 or $70 for a service call, do some preliminary searching on your own to see if you can ascertain the reason for these higher utility costs with little to show for it. No, you shouldn’t go snooping around your expensive central air and heating unit, try checking your windows and doors to see if there are any leaks.

Window leaks are devious because they can be tough to find all the while letting your pricey climate-controlled air slip outdoors and leave you spending more to feel comfortable. That’s not all, leaks around doors and windows can also lead to other, bigger problems that can come about from water damage as rain, snow, and other forms of precipitation can seep in while your comfy air is seeping out.

The bottom line is, air leaks are bad for your home and your wallet. You can save money and stay comfortable when those leaks are found and patched up for good.

You’re probably thinking this is going to require some complicated finagling on your part, but some of these steps are actually quite simple and straightforward. All it takes is some patience, dedication, and a keen eye on your part.

But in the end, you’re likely to find the culprit or culprits in your windows or doors and if you don’t, at least that’s one potential suspect crossed off the list.

Look at Your Windows

If it’s a problem with the windows that concerns you, then check them first. Windows may look pretty simple but they are actually a combination of parts that must work in concert with one another in order to operate correctly.

That includes when they’re closed and locked shut. Examine every inch of your windows, the glass, the caulk, the frame, even the area in which it’s all been installed. Even the smallest, most minute fracture can be a serious strain on your finances. Nothing is too small to be overlooked, so if you come across some compromised portion of the window, even if it seems like nothing to worry about, you must have it checked.

Be sure to check for any spaces or gaps in between the frame of the window and the space in which the frame has been installed. Gaps and cracks may not look bad now or even present any noticeable visible damage, but they can and will get a lot worse if left unaddressed.

So even if the glass panes are entirely intact and unbroken, the frames may be the source of your leak.

This goes for your doors as well, no matter what kind of doors you have installed in the home, they may be letting your air slip out.

No Window or Door Unchecked

It might seem like a hassle but you need to check each and every window or door in the house. It doesn’t matter what kind of door or window, ALL of them have the potential to fail and that will be a burden on your purse strings.

Crank windows, traditional windows, skylights, sliding glass doors, even your front door. Get to all of them and check closely for cracks and gaps.

The Right Equipment

Perhaps you’ve given every room in the house a good long look but you’re still not finding anything, use the tools the pros use without paying professional prices. One of the most helpful of these tools is an infrared thermometer. Its primary function is to seek out the smallest adjustments in air temperature centered around your doors or windows.

This little gadget can alert you to even the most seemingly insufficient changes in air temperature and if the thermometer spots such fluctuations, then you might have found the problem…or just one of them.

Repair and Replacement

If there is a window or door that has a leak, it’s time to repair or possibly even replace. Luckily you have a wide array of both to choose from, view our energy efficient sliding patio doors and a whole spectrum of window types and sizes that won’t just solve your leak problem but beautify your home. In the end you’ll also increase the resale value of the home.