If your windows are drafty, look worn out, and are just plain cranky to operate you may consider getting new ones, especially since the energy savings will help offset the cost.
Take a close look at your windows, doors, and skylights to stop air leaks, foil water drips, and detect the gaps and rot that let the outside in. You can perform a quick check with a home air-pressure test, or a DIY energy audit.
Luckily, these inspections are easy to do. Here’s how to give your house a checkup:
How to Check for Air Leaks
A home air pressure test sucks outside air into the house to reveal air leaks that increase your energy bills. To inspect windows and other openings:
• Seal the house by locking all doors, windows, and skylights.
• Close all dampers and vents.
• Turn on all kitchen and bath exhaust fans.
• Pass a burning incense stick along all openings — windows, doors, fireplaces, outlets — to pinpoint air rushing in from the outside.
How to Pinpoint Window Problems
Air and water can seep into closed widows from gaps and rot in frames, deteriorating caulking, cracked glass, and closures that don’t fully close.
To stop air leaks, give your windows a thorough inspection:
• Give a little shake. If they rattle, frames are not secure, so heat and air conditioning can leak out and rain can seep in. Some caulk and a few nails into surrounding framing will fix this.
• Look deep. If you can see the outside from around — not just through — the window, you’ve got gaps. Seal air leaks by caulking and weather stripping around frames.
• Inspect window panes for cracks.
• Check locks. Make sure double-hung windows slide smoothly up and down. If not, run a knife around the frame and sash to loosen any dried paint. Tighten cranks on casement windows and check that top locks fully grab latches.
Inspecting Doors for Leaks
• Check doors for cracks that weaken their ability to stop air leaks and water seeps.
• Inspect weather stripping for peels and gaps.
• Make sure hinges are tight and doors fit securely in their thresholds.
If you are considering new windows, need more information on how much you could save each year, or any other questions about windows, doors and screen rooms, contact Coverall Aluminum. Coverall Aluminum offers custom solutions for your Florida home. Visit www.coverallaluminum.com for windows , doors and screened room solutions or call 1-800-833-9685. Coverall Aluminum offers quality work at a fair price.