An air leak is a common occurrence inside the home. It is, however, not necessarily a good thing. Air getting through the seams can result in a significant decrease in the comfort levels of your indoors, as well as its energy efficiency. Even though windows are supposed to be airtight, most air leaks come from these fixtures.
This article takes a look at this typical household problem and ways to detect it. Take note of these before you decide to pursue replacement windows.
Depending on the material used, windows require regular maintenance for them to work their best. Even so, deformities and subsequent air leakage are signs that the fixtures themselves have already reached their service life. One thing you should examine is whether the frames have shrunk. It may seem harmless on the surface, but you can expect more leaks when it happens.
Replace your windows when there is evidence of frame shrinkage. It would be best if you choose a different window material that can withstand changes in temperature. You can also pick a window style that can give you an airtight design. Casement windows are a good example.
Air leaks can also be the result of damaged parts of the window frame. You can fix this with a little caulk or new weatherstripping to re-seal and ensure the windows are airtight. This procedure, however, is only temporary. It can address the issue, but not for long. It is a good idea to call a professional to assess the state of your current windows and to give you recommendations.
For this, you can turn to Renewal by Andersen® of New Mexico. We are an experienced window company ready to provide solutions for your window problems. We install custom-fit windows composed of materials and components that provide excellent insulation and energy efficiency.
Give us a call at (505) 312-6577 for more information about our window style choices, including double-hung windows. You may also fill out our contact form for a free, in-home consultation. We serve Albuquerque, NM, residents.