Air and water leaks are the number one enemy of windows and doors. After all, air leaks can drastically affect your home’s energy efficiency while water leaks can cause discoloration and wood rot. These leaks can be difficult to detect on a normal basis. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t conduct an inspection on your own to determine if you’re experiencing this problem.

Air Pressure Test

If you’re checking for air leaks, a home air pressure test is one of the best ways to do it. The process for this test is surprisingly simple; the first step is to seal your home by locking your doors, windows and, if you have them, skylights. Close all the dampers and vents, and turn on all kitchen and bath exhaust fans as well. Once that’s done, take a burning incense stick, and pass them along all the openings. If you happen to pinpoint air coming in from the outside despite the opening being closed, that means you have an air leak.

Window Test

To see if your window has air leaks, you have to give it a thorough inspection. Start by giving it a little shake; if the window rattles, it means the frames aren’t secure, allowing air to leak out and water to seep inside. Cracks may also be an issue. Should your windows have any of these problems, call a window company like Renewal by Andersen® of Western New York to fix it as soon as possible.

Door Test

On the other hand, if you’re testing your doors, one of the first things you should do is to check it for cracks that can weaken its ability to prevent air and water leaks. Afterwards, inspect the weather stripping for peels and gaps, and make sure your hinges are tight. If your door is facing any of these problems, it’s important that you call a professional to repair it as soon as possible.

Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Western New York for your window replacement needs. We are your number one provider of window and door installation services. Give us a call at (585) 294-4640 or (716) 222-8657, or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation. We serve homeowners in Rochester, Buffalo, and other nearby areas in New York.