Wooden windows look very attractive and rustic but could cause problems later on if they are not built well. If they are improperly sealed, this could lead to moisture entering your home or air escaping out of the house. Draught proofing sash windows is a necessary task to protect your investment in your home and to help maintain ideal temperatures inside your house.
Sealing openings is important if you live in an area that gets too hot or too cold in certain times of the year. During hot summers, an improperly sealed window will allow cool air from your air conditioning to escape. This can be costly since your cooling system will have to work twice as hard to maintain comfortable temperatures inside your house.
When the climate is cold, it is also vital to have cracks sealed to stop warm heater air from escaping from your homes interiors. This can keep your heating bills low. It will not be pricey to close cracks in your windowpanes. If you are not able to find a good window contractor, you can use insulation fillings strips to cover the cracks for the time being.
To use this strip, you may have to open your window or remove them from the frame to clean off dirt around the frame. Use a brush to remove bugs and debris. Once the sides of your windows are clean, you can begin to place the insulation strips around each window door. The strips usually come with adhesive backing to make them stick to a surface.
You should be able to close the window properly since the strips are supposed to compress. You can also secure the strips more efficiently by nailing them to some parts of the wooden frame of the windows. Close the windows and then place your hands where the gaps used to be. Run your hands around the window frame. Check if you feel air coming through.
If you sense some air coming through that feels colder or hotter than the surrounding air, this definitely tells you that air from inside the house is still escaping. In this case, you will need to redo your work or add another layer of insulation strip over the first one that you installed. Use the built in adhesive to attach a new layer over the older one or nail them to the frame.
To get this problem fixed efficiently, you should consider using the services of a professional contractor. Getting well trained and qualified help will get the task done quickly and successfully. Choose people who are licensed to perform this job. If they hold a license they are likely honest and dependable. Remember that you will need to let these workers into your residence to get the windowpanes fixed.
This requires you to get workers that can be trusted well enough to permit them into your house. An easy way to locate good contractors is by running a search and background check online. Get their license number and company name and check online reviews about them. Make sure you get hold of contractors that handle work for draught proofing sash windows.