How to Locate & Seal a Window Draft

Old Window Caulking

When it comes to keeping your windows in good repair, one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is ensure that the system is properly installed & maintained. One of the most common issues that arises with older windows is drafts. As they can quickly reduce the energy efficiency of your home, it is important to promptly find and seal window drafts when they occur. If you’re wondering how you can discover window drafts and easily seal them this winter, take a look at our blog to get started!

How To Find A Draft

The first thing you’ll need to learn is how to find a window leak or draft. While major drafts are easy to notice, as they are oftentimes visible, for smaller window leaks, spotting the issue is often the major challenge, but there are a few tricks that can make the process easier!

One of the tried and true methods of locating a window draft is to take a candle and run it along the edges of a window. If there is any leak around the frame of your window, it will flicker in the wind. This means that you can pinpoint exactly where a window is leaking from, even if already know that a particular unit is leaking.

Sealing A Draft

Now, you’ve located your window leak, but you need to seal the unit in order to keep your home energy efficient! Depending on how severe the leak is, it can be handled in a couple of different ways. The first is simply using a bit of weather stripping. If the leak is minor and you can pinpoint it to one particular section of the window, you can easily fix the leak with a bit of weather stripping which can be bought at the hardware store.

For leaks that are a bit larger and more severe, you may need to re-caulk the window in order to make it airtight. This can be performed either at home by picking up caulking at the hardware store, or with the help of a trained technician!

Finally, for homeowners who don’t want to fully replace the unit but are trying to keep the window airtight throughout the winter, you can also have a film installed over your windows in order to keep the unit in good repair, helping to keep your home energy efficient no matter how many points of failure the window sill has.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s windows this winter, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling needs!

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