How to Test Your Windows and Doors for Air Leaks
Air leaks can be the most annoying thing for one’s house as it makes one use extra energy as well as may affect the comfort ability of one’s own home. With the change in seasons it is essential for one to actually assess their windows and doors for any leaks. Proper sealing of the air leaks around ones house for both the windows and the doors in a simple task that can help one easily prevent draftey cold spots in one’s house which essentially means that one is able to save up on money with regard to monthly bills in terms of heat and energy.
Listed below are some ways in which can easily test their windows and doors for any air leaks that may be arising.
Open Your Eyes
When it comes to inspecting one’s house for air leaks, one is advised to check both the inside and outside of the house. While inspecting the outside of the house, one is advised to focus on the areas that are old and the caulking might have failed hence, leaving a gap in between the window or door frame and one’s home siding.
In the event that one has old single-paned windows, one needs to check for any damaged glazing which is the hard part that tends to hold the individual panes of glass in place. In the event that the whole area of every window and door is not tightly sealed then one could easily be vulnerable to very costly heat loss.
With regard to the interior of the house, one needs to check the threshold underneath each door, looking for any light and other obvious signs that may need to be sealed. One also needs to ensure that the weather stripping around the windows and doors is in very good condition taking note that they should be replaced sooner rather than later.
Have A Smoke
One should know that as much as some area is conspicuous there are areas that can’t be seen by the naked eye. In such a case one is advised to do a smoke test which is basically closing all the windows and doors and turning of any combustion appliances i.e. water heater etc. then afterwards one needs to turn on the bathroom and the kitchen exhaust vents which are able to create negative pressure that tends to suck the outside air into one’s home through any opening.
Afterwards one can easily light an incense stick and hold it near any spaces around the doors and windows while observing any change in the smoke coming out of the incense stick. If there is an opening then the smoke tends to waiver.
Call The Pros
To make one’s life simple one can easily call the professionals at Miracle Dream Homes to assess the place by conducting a ‘blower-door’ test on one’s home. This is similar to the smoke test.
Using an infra-red thermometer may also help one detect any air leaks. The thermometer tends to be non-contact hence can easily measure the environmental temperatures around the door and window frames. The thermometer tends to register cold temperature hence, showing vulnerable regions that might be making one lose money as well as waste energy.