Checking Your Windows for Leaks Can Save a Lot of Money in the Future

check for leaking windowsThere are numerous ways that can help you save money when you live in Toronto. One of those is to check for leaks around your windows as well as doors.

It has been noted that 40 percent of your home’s heat during the winter and even cool air generated by air-conditioning during summer is going to be lost through drafty windows and doors. Every little bit that you can do to prevent drafts will help save you money every month on your heating and cooling expenses throughout the year.

There are a couple of different ways you can go about checking for leaks. One is simply going around and feeling for those particular drafts with your bare hand or forearm.

Turn the temperature up in your house to a relatively warm setting. The colder the air is outside, the stronger the drafts are going to be. Feel the air in front of the glass itself on every window. If you feel a bit of cool air, but not necessarily air pushing through the glass, this draft may not be a significant one. If you feel the push of cold air through the frame, around the molding, or in other areas, it could be due to poor insulation, an old, outdated window, or even a seal that has worn out.

If you feel cold air pushing through the glass itself, the seal or the glass glazing could be inadequate.

This is basically an air pressure test and you can also use a small candle in which the flame would indicate any drafts that are pushing in around your windows and doors.

An energy audit.

You can also request an energy audit from a variety of companies throughout the Toronto area. This would involve a professional coming out to your home with specific equipment that can detect pressure loss in various areas of your home. This can help indicate whether certain doors or windows are leaking air and costing you money.

Learn more about leaks and how much money you could save on your heating and cooling expenses throughout the year with new replacement windows and doors. Contact Platinum Windows and Doors today.