7 Quick Window Maintenance Tips to Prepare for Summer
Warmer weather is here, bringing with it humidity, and thunderstorms with heavy wind and rain. Like other systems in your home, your windows require regular maintenance to ensure they are performing at their peak. We have compiled seven quick tips to help ensure your windows are ready for summer.
1) Check Weather Stripping
Weather stripping is an airtight material used to insulate the space between the window sash and window pane. Weather stripping is made of durable materials; however, it will eventually deteriorate, which can lead to leaking and will decrease your home’s energy efficiency.
Take time to examine the weather stripping on each window. Cracked, dry, or missing weather stripping should be replaced; otherwise’ your windows will invite excess moisture and humidity into your home throughout the summer.
2) Check Window Caulking
Window caulking serves a similar purpose as weather stripping. Caulking forms a protective barrier in the spaces between your windows and exterior brick walls or siding. Window caulking will also deteriorate over time and require replacement.
Like weather stripping, deteriorated caulking threatens your home’s energy efficiency and indoor air comfort. Replacing caulking can be a DIY project; however, a professional can help determine if it is time to replace your windows.
3) Clean Windows Surfaces Exterior and Interior
Dirty and debris will breakdown the surface of your windows and decrease their lifespan. Take time during spring cleaning to wash your exterior and interior window surfaces. A few quick tips for cleaning your windows.
- Soap and Cleaner: A mixed solution of water, soap, and designated window cleaner is ideal.
- Top to Bottom: Begin with the highest window and work your way to the lower ones. Similarly, start with the top of each window and work your way down.
- Remove all Cleaner: Remove all cleaner form the window surfaces. This will reduce streaking and glare. Consider using a squeegee as well as a soft, non- abrasive cloth.
- Dry all Surfaces: Dry any moisture off of wood surfaces, including window sills and rails, to avoid wood rot and mildew.
4) Check for Other Signs of Leakage
Especially after heavy rain like we have experienced the last few days, examine windows for signs of leaks. Excess moisture around your windows can lead to wood rot and the development of mold. Even if your windows are not leaking, moisture may gather on your window sill, which can lead to the development of mold and mildew. Dry window sills as often as you find moisture.
5) Check Window Hardware
Being able to open windows is a matter of safety in case of fire, so make sure your windows open and close well and all hardware is working properly. Have malfunctioning hardware replaced as soon as possible.
6) Check Window Panes
Cracked and broken window panes reduce energy efficiency and allow excess humidity to enter your home. Replace any broken window panes before the heat of summer to ensure your energy bills do not rise.
7) Determine Whether Your Thermostat is in Direct Sunlight
If your thermostat is in direct sunlight for a portion of the day, it will cause your air conditioner to engage more often, leading to short cycling, and ultimately reducing your HVAC unit’s lifespan, while raising your energy bills.
If your thermostat is in direct sunlight, consider using dark shades over the corresponding windows. This will help your thermostat read the temperature correctly and protect your air conditioning system.