Home Tip: Finding Drafts Coming from Windows and Doors

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 9:57am.

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As the seasons change, it is important to make sure that your doors and windows are sealing properly and that you are not losing excess heat (during cold months) or letting in excess hot air (during hot months).

This process can save you a lot of money on your gas and electric bill, as drafts from doors and windows cause the cost of these bills to increase dramatically. Below are a few ways you can check for these leaks or areas of windows and doors that are allowing these drafts to come into your home.

Visual Inspection

First, you can check for doors or windows that may be causing drafts to enter or exit the house by visually checking their seals. Singled paned plate glass windows are sometimes more vulnerable to this type of heat loss because they do not require as much caulking or glazing material to hold them in place.

With windows, you can see if there are spaces where you are losing hot or cold air simply by looking to see if there are large gaps on any side of the door and making sure those gaps are closed.

Other Inspections Tools

Another way to check whether hot or cold air is entering your house because of drafty doors and windows is by using an infrared thermometer. This device measures the air temperature in the room next to the windows and doors.

You can then compare the measurements to find out if hot or cold air is getting in. It can also help you determine which windows or doors letting air in and having the biggest impact on your gas and electric bill.

The bottom line is that there are many methods to aid in figuring out whether you have drafts coming in and out of doors and windows in your home. Once you have been able to pinpoint where those weak spots are, you will be able to fix them.

Once they are fixed, you should start noticing the decrease in your gas and electric bill right away. This is a great way to cut monthly expenses while having a more eco-friendly home.

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