Handyman Tips To Prevent Air Leaks

Handyman_ConwayHomeowners should conduct regular home inspections to ensure no air leaks from their house, according to a handyman. This will basically help reduce their energy bills and utility costs as well as help their HVAC systems work more efficiently.

The two most important areas for home inspections are your windows and doors. You can use a home air pressure test to check your windows for any air leaks. This test works to suck outside air and bring it into the house. Through the process, any air leaks from your windows will be revealed. Here are some reminders in using the air-pressure test kit:

  • Seal the house completely. Lock all doors, windows, and even skylights.
  • Close all vents and dampers
  • All exhaust fans should be turned on, particularly those in the kitchen and bath
  • Use a burning incense stick and pass it along all the sides of your windows and doors to determine whether or not there is air rushing in from the outside.

Windows

Aside from the home air-pressure stick, there are also other ways to determine whether or not there are leaks on your windows.

  1. Shake your window frames. If they rattle, it means they are loose and they have gaps where air can leak through. Seal the gaps by nailing the surrounding framing and adding caulk.
  2. Look deep through your windows. You’ll know there are gaps that you need to seal if you can see the outside from around the window. Use caulk and weather stripping to seal the gaps.
  3. If you have double-hung windows, check if they slide smoothly and if their locks are tight. Loosen stiff frames by running a knife around the frame and sash.

Doors

Other home inspection methods to detect air leaks on your doors include:

  1. Look for cracks around the door frame and the door itself. These cracks reduce your door’s ability to prevent air leaks.
  2. Check your door’s weather stripping and look for signs of peeling and gaps.
  3. Inspect the hinges and make sure they are tight.
  4. Ensure there are no gaps between your doors and their threshold. Ensure they fit securely.

A handyman recommends conducting regular inspections of your windows and doors to ensure there are no gaps or cracks from which indoor air can leak out. Sealing these gaps and cracks can also help prevent water leaks that could lead to mold and rot problems.

For thorough home inspections and reliable home repair, call Handyman Conway.

 

Handyman Conway
Conway, SC  29526
843-353-6154
info@handymanconway.com