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Every part of the home needs to be maintained and cared for. That’s a given and it also applies to your windows. If you don’t give them the attention that they need, they’re not going to do their job of letting light into the home or of offering some insulation. This can affect more than just how the home looks and feels, but can make it a less safe place to be, as well.
Don’t let leaks linger
Your indoor air quality is more important to the health of the home than you might realize. The worse your air quality, the easier it can be to fall ill, especially for those with allergies. Your windows help you control that air quality and they also help you maintain the temperature inside the home in both summer and winter. For that reason, you should be sure to check for air leaks around all your windows with a loose-leaf of paper to see if it is moved by any air or wind pressure. If it is, that means there’s an air leak you should seal closed.
Keeping things clean
Dust and debris can start to build up on windows easily both because they are large, flat surfaces that dust can stick to easily and because there are plenty of edges and corners for it to cling to around them. Take the time to wipe down the windows, both glass, and frame, with a cloth that is either dampened by water or by glass cleaner. If you can’t reach the exterior of the windows, arrange some routine cleaning from your local window cleaners. If you let dust build up, moisture and mold can also build up
Protecting their boundaries
All materials can suffer wear and tear due to exposure to the air and moisture. Both wood and metal window frames need to be repainted once they start to fade to keep them protected against the elements. You should also look at resealing your wooden windows to make sure that it is able to repel moisture and to avoid rot.
Know when you need a replacement
The tips above can help you keep your windows in good health for longer. However, everything needs to be replaced eventually. Make sure you choose a reliable partner for your window replacement and know what you need from your window. Choose them based on their insulation quality above all else to keep the home comfortable.
Liven them up
This tip might not be so much about the condition and health of the windows, but how effectively they play the role of control the light that gets into the home. If you’re trying to maximize the light in a room, then you should start by looking at replacement window treatments. If curtains aren’t doing it for you, for instance, then you may instead want to look at using blackout blinds that offer more control over both the light into the room as well as the privacy offered by your windows.
Window maintenance isn’t just about helping them look good (though it definitely does that too.) It also helps you save money in the long-run.