Temperatures are dropping… are your windows up to the challenge?

How to Pinpoint Window Problems

winterize-windows-blog-teaser-1Air and water can seep into closed windows 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.window-caulk
  • 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.

Some older windows can be repaired and save you money over new windows. However, if you think you’ll automatically gain energy savings, think carefully — there may be other, cheaper ways to cut utility bills, such as sealing air leaks.

Thanks to Lisa Kaplan Gordon and HouseLogic.com for great homeowner tips, tricks and advice year-round.

 

posted: Nov 10, 2016 | No Responses

Posted by:  Kate Furukawa

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