It’s not enough for your windows to simply look good. They also need to provide adequate insulation. Leaks, no matter how minor they might seem, can quickly escalate and become worse. Apart from losing heat in the winter and having your air conditioner work harder in the summer, you will also need to worry about water infiltration. So, what can you do about it? Simple, you can test your windows regularly to make sure that they are closing properly and the glass is still sealed. There are three easy methods you can use to do this.
Test With A Flashlight
A flashlight can help you detect leaks around your windows if they are large enough for light to shine through. You will need to wait until it is dark and then exit your home and have somebody wait inside. Shine the flashlight around the edges of the window from the inside of your home and watch closely to see if you can see any light passing through. If light passes through, this means that air and water can too. You will most likely need to reseal your windows and you might not require a professional windows replacement. Have a professional take a look and make the appropriate recommendations before you proceed with any repairs.
Test With Smoke
Even if you don’t see any light shining through when using the flashlight technique, this does not mean that your windows are perfectly intact. There could be very small gaps that are not as visible but still allow air and moisture to pass through. You can try a smoke test to be sure. You will need to close all of the windows and doors in your home. Next, you should turn off your furnace and turn on all of the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom. This will negatively pressurize your home and force air to be pulled through any gaps. Next, you can light an incense stick and hold it close to the exterior of your windows. Watch the smoke to see if it enters the window. If so, you can be sure that air is constantly flowing through these gaps too. You should consider having your windows replaced.
Test With An Infrared Camera
If you are able to get your hands on an infrared camera, this test is really great because you can see how the ambient air temperature varies throughout your home. You should perform this test on a very cold day. Take the camera outside and aim it at your home. Look for signs of hot air escaping. Heat is indicated by the use of white, yellow, orange and red.
Check For Moisture
If you notice moisture or condensation in the space between your window panes, this is also a clear indicator that there is a gap somewhere. Don’t ignore this sign. Make sure that you contact a professional right away to determine the extent of the air leak so that they can make the best suggestions regarding repairs or possible windows replacement. Remember, moisture can lead to mildew which can easily spread and later result in various health concerns. This is why it’s best dealt with sooner rather than later.
Solving The Issue
Depending on the location and nature of the leak, there are several possible fixes. One is to simply seal the leak. Another option is to replace the window completely. There is also another option of retrofitting. In other words, all you need to do is replace the glass panes and you can leave the frame in place. This is a cost-effective option and it’s a lot faster than a full window replacement. Provided, of course, that your window frame and surrounding wall are still in good shape.
Remember, nothing can compare to the quality workmanship of a professional window replacement. At NorthShield Windows and Doors, our team takes great pride in offering the best products and efficient installation services. Every windows replacement we perform is done with the utmost care and precision to ensure that our customers enjoy the best results and windows that will stand the test of time. Contact us at Winnipeg: (204) 272-3725 or Toronto/GTA: (905) 326-3444 for more information and expert advice on windows and window replacements.