Windows let air and light into your home – but that’s not their only function. They can also contribute greatly to its aesthetics, comfort and energy efficiency. You’ll want to take measures that can keep them in good shape for longer, which means avoiding some common bad habits involved with window maintenance.
While cleaning your windows seems easy enough, a lot of homeowners still have a tough time simply because they weren’t taught how to properly clean their windows and have developed some pretty bad habits that actually do more harm than good. The trusted fiberglass window and roofing services provider in the area, Skyline Windows shares what you should not do when it comes to window cleanup and maintenance.
1. Forgetting to Clean Window Tracks
Filthy tracks can make windows difficult to operate. Check the area where the window sash meets the frame and make sure to keep it free from dirt and debris. Doing so will keep your windows operating smoothly and prevent corrosion.
2. Carelessly Washing Windows
When using a high-powered hose or abrasive chemicals and cleaning solutions, make sure they do not touch your windows as they can damage the seal of your windows, causing fogginess between the glass and loss of energy efficiency.
3. Not Locking Your Windows
Windows work best when they’re locked because this tightens the seal between the sash and weatherstrip, allowing it to eliminate drafts. Failing to lock your composite window can cause moisture to easily transfer between your home and the outside, causing condensation.
4. Leaving the Window Coverings Down
Leaving the window coverings down can trap moisture near your windows and prevent proper airflow. This, in turn, can lead to mold and rot that will make window replacements necessary.
5. Using a Storm Window When Your Glass Has a Low-E Coating
Low-emissivity (Low-E) glass can reduce the amount of heat transferring into your home, keeping it naturally cooler and comfortable without needing to rely too much on the air conditioner. Windows with Low-E glass are fine on their own, but some homeowners would also install storm windows on top of them. This traps the radiant heat energy and bounces it between the units, causing the panes to overheat.
When it’s time to replace your wood window, you want as big of a selection to choose from as possible. Skyline Windows has four different material options and when you make your choice, you’ll have an experienced, knowledgeable, full-time employee handling the work.
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