Air leaks in replacement patio doors, exterior doors and windows account for up to 30% of energy loss in an average U.S. household. This is not an insignificant amount when you consider just how much you pay for energy annually. Unfortunately, avoiding air leaks can be challenging for many homeowners. The issues and problems that lead to leakage are usually not visible even upon closer inspection.
Thankfully, there are ways to minimize air leakage in your doors and windows. Familiarizing yourself with some of these methods can help you save money on your utility bills, as well as maximize the performance of your replacement windows and doors. Here are a few tips from our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle on how to spot air leak problems:
Air Pressure Test
It’s fairly simple to conduct an air pressure test to determine which of your replacement windows and doors are leaking air. To begin, you will need a fully sealed home. This means all windows, doors, skylights and openings must be completely closed. Turn on any exhaust systems you might have in the bathroom or in the kitchen and shut all dampers and vents in your HVAC network. Light some incense and hold it close to the gaps in your windows and doors. Air from the outside will blow on the incense smoke, telling you which windows are potentially leaking air.
Checking Window Strength
As you go around your home, give the movable parts of your windows and doors a gentle shake. If any of them are wobbling, they may no longer be secure. Take a close look at the caulk and seals surrounding the glass panels, as well, to see if any of them are showing signs of deterioration.
Call your local door and window contractors as soon as you suspect that any of your windows are suffering from leaks. A thorough professional inspection can accurately diagnose any problems you might have and provide you with solutions to seal them up completely.
At Renewal by Andersen of Seattle, we are your leading provider of patio door and window replacement products and service. Give us a call at (206) 777-0954 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Seattle, WA, and other neighboring areas.