Leaky doors and windows are the bane of any cosy, energy-efficient home. A drafty home is like a drafty wallet, seeping air in and out like lost dollars.
During the summer, we spend hundreds of dollars running air conditioning units and fans to keep cool air in, and during the winter we run heaters and heatpumps to keep cool air out. When your windows and doors are leaking air through cracks or worn fittings, your comfortable temperature becomes a majorly unnecessary cost to maintain.
In today’s blog, we’ll let you in on a few trade secrets to sussing out whether or not you’ve got leaky windows or doors, and what to do about them.
Look and listen
Leaking windows and doors can be seen and heard if you know where to look and listen. Wellington throws a fair few windy days at us, so spend some time with your ear to each window and door next time strong winds are tearing at your home. Can you hear that tell-tale whistling sound around any of the windows and doors? Check to see if they open and close properly, because if they do then the only explanation is a leak!
You can inspect indoors and outdoors for cracks or worn waterproofing in and around your doors and windows. Decaying wood is a common culprit, so if you live in an older home then you should do an inspection regardless of whether or not you suspect a leak; if you don’t have one now, it’s only a matter of time!
If your home has old single-paned windows then turn your attention the glazing (the hard putty that holds the individual panes of glass in place). If every inch of the perimeter of each window and door is not sealed tight against air and water, then your home is vulnerable to expensive heat or cool air loss.
The ‘smoke’ trick
Time to get a little bit smart, scientific, and just a tad mystic in your hunt for leaks! For this experiment you’ll need an incense stick and a calm, still home. Close all doors and windows, keep all heaters, fans and air conditioning units off. Turn on your kitchen vent/fan and bathroom fan, then light your incense stick.
With the fans in your kitchen and bathroom working to suck air that is currently in your home out again, you’ll create a natural pull that draws outside air in through leaky windows and leaky doors. To locate these leaks, hold your burning incense stick up to and around each door and window. Notice any wavering in the smoke, even though you’re holding the stick still? There’s your leak!
Call in the pros at Trito
With the goal of saving money by sealing up all your home’s leaks, you’ll need a team of professionals to ensure your home stays comfortable and energy efficient.
The team at Trito have ample experience with leaky windows and doors in Wellington: we’ll inspect your home for leaks or deterioration, and fix and seal everything good and tight to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Contact Trito today!