Drafts near your windows make your interior feel uncomfortable and waste energy, which is why you should deal with them as soon as you can. However, some air leaks are hard to spot. Today, Handyman Connection® of Chicago Central will provide you tips to help you find and seal these hard-to-spot air leaks:
Inspect the Obvious Areas
Check your windows, and search for damaged weatherstripping and caulking. You can also look for gaps and cracks in the frame where you can feel a draft. You should open and close the window a few times as well. Observe if the window still seals tight. If the caulk or weatherstripping is damaged, then you can replace them. Sometimes, this is enough to solve an air leak problem, but for best results, you can still follow the steps below.
Prepare Your Home for Inspection
Shut all your exterior doors, fireplace flues and windows, and turn off your furnace and water heater. Then, turn on every available exhaust fan to suck as much air out of your home as possible. After this, air will flow back into the house through the cracks and gaps. Leverage this time to find air leaks.
Find the Leaks
Get a candle or incense stick, and bring it close to any place where you suspect that there’s an air leak. Watch the smoke or flame. They will waver if there is an air leak. Consider lightly dampening your hand as well. It will feel cool if you are near an air leak. Take note of the areas where these things happen, and re-inspect them for any cracks or damage. This is just one way to look for air leaks. If you want a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage, then you should hire a qualified technician to perform an energy audit.
If you’re planning to fix your home’s air leaks, why not plan some other home improvement tasks as well? Handyman Connection of Chicago Central can help you with remodeling, carpentry, painting, maintenance and other projects. Call us at (773) 530-1119, or contact us here to learn more about our services or to ask for a free estimate.