Where to Check for Air Leaks in Your Windows

Air leakage naturally occurs in your home, and while some leaks are very obvious to address, some are more difficult to spot. Most of these “hidden” air leaks originate from the windows, which are actually supposed to be the most airtight parts of your home.

In this post, our team from Handyman Connection® of Butler Warren discusses how to detect and solve these hidden window air leaks.

Leak Between the Frame

Air leaks coming from the windows are often the result of the frame shrinking in place. This naturally occurs over time as the windows age, and is a clear sign that the frame itself is past its prime and in need of replacement. Technically, the frame shrinking in place is harmless, but the drafts will increase as it shrinks in place. 

Solving the frame leaks is as easy as replacing the windows. We recommend switching to a different frame material, such as vinyl and aluminum. These two have higher weather durability, which means they’ll last longer than wood.

Damaged Frames

In some cases, the air leak can be traced to damage on the window frame itself. The way to solve this is a bit tricky as you don’t have to replace the entire frame – especially if the rest of the window is still functioning.

If there’s just a small part of the frame that’s sustained damage, you can seal these leaks with caulking or weatherstripping. You can pick these up at your local store and even if it’s a temporary solution, it will stop the air leaks.

Improperly Installed Windows

This is the most difficult to spot since there’s not much visual difference between a proper and improperly installed window. The way to check this is by rattling the windows. If the windows do rattle, then there’s a leak. This is because the window frame will only move if there’s a leak. Check for spots where the light enters through the frame. This is another clear sign that there’s a leak in your window.

At Handyman Connection® of Butler-Warren, we’ll help you solve your window air leaks. Call us today at (513) 282-3032 to learn more about our services, or fill out our online form to request a free estimate. 

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