One of the most common causes of high energy consumption is air leaks, which cause heating and cooling systems to work harder to make your home more comfortable. The air leaks are often around windows and doors, which you may be considering replacing. When you have new windows and doors installed, you will want to make sure that you stop all the air leaks in your home. Here are some tips to help stop air leaks around new windows:
1. Caulking Around Windows and Maintenance to Stop Air Leaks
If you want to make sure your new windows do not develop air leaks, then it is important to make sure that there is caulking all around them. It is also important to maintain caulking and replace it when it becomes worn or damaged. Signs of where to caulking are it becoming dry and visible cracks. Usually, caulking around windows will need to be replaced every few years, and windows that are exposed to direct sunlight and the elements may need more frequent maintenance.
2. Insulating Around Window Frames to Ensure Windows Are Sealed Tightly
In addition to the caulking, insulation is also needed to keep the elements out. It is a good idea to check your windows to make sure that there is insulation between the wood framing of the opening and the frame of the window. If your windows do not have insulation, make sure that this is done to ensure your home is energy efficient. If you are installing replacement windows, this may require you to remove interior trim to check the windows, and see if they have proper insulation.
3. Window Treatments and Weather Stripping to Keep the Drafts Out of Your Home
The weather stripping around windows and doors also needs maintenance to ensure your home is air-tight. Replace weather stripping whenever it becomes worn or damage to ensure that windows do not have air leaks. In addition, use curtains and other window treatments to insulate windows and protect your home from the weather outside. Using thick curtains during the winter months is a great way to keep the cold air out of your home.
These are some of the things that need to be done to stop air leaks when you have new windows installed. If you are ready to stop energy from going out the window, talk with your custom home builder about these improvements for the windows. For more information, contact companies like Hess Homes.