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The Candle Check For Drafts!

by Harvey Bond
(Chicago, USA)

We can not always feel or see a draft that is being caused by your windows. To help you to see if there is in fact air coming through any area of your windows, use the candle check.

• Take a candle (or you can use a piece of lightweight thread if you like) to your windows. Do this on a windy day where the trees are moving.

• Next, run the candle or thread along the edges and the panes. Do this slowly as to not move the candle fire or the thread any more than necessary. Notice where the candle or thread moves. If there is movement from an area, then this is an immediate problem that should be handled.

• In cases where there is movement, repair this damage right away. You are throwing away (or letting seep out) your money.

Once you have an idea of where the problem areas with your windows actually are, you can remedy them. If you need to replace caulking around the interior or the exterior of your home’s windows, it is necessary to completely remove and clean off any remaining caulk first.

A clean layer will insure a snug fit for the new application.

Consider the weather stripping as well. You can now purchase self stick foam as well as rolled up rubber weather stripping that can be added to virtually any window.

These are simply to apply and can instantly save you countless dollars on your home’s energy bill. You can easily purchase them as well.

Click here to read more about energy efficient insulation

Updated: January 31, 2013 — 12:52 am

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