As the end of summer approaches, it’s important to ensure that your windows are in top condition to face the upcoming seasonal changes. Proper window maintenance not only enhances the aesthetics of your home but also contributes to energy efficiency and overall comfort. Here’s a comprehensive checklist to guide you through essential window maintenance tasks before summer comes to a close.
1. Cleaning and Inspection
Begin by thoroughly cleaning your windows, both from the inside and outside. Remove dirt, dust, and debris from frames, tracks, and sills. Check for any signs of wear, damage or decay in the window frames and seals. Addressing minor issues now can prevent larger problems down the line.
2. Weatherstripping and Sealant Inspection
Make sure your window’s weatherstripping is intact and seals the gaps. Replace worn weatherstripping to reduce drafts and energy loss. Also, check the window sealant for cracks or gaps that could damage insulation and weatherproofing.
3. Lubrication of Hardware
The windows’ hinges, locks, and other important hardware must be lubricated for smooth functioning. This helps reduce friction-related damage and lets you completely open your double-hung windows for enhanced ventilation.
4. Caulking and Sealing
Check your window caulking for damage or gaps. Caulk should be used as needed to keep water out. Preventing breezes and heat loss using caulking boosts energy efficiency.
5. Check for Condensation and Mold
Condensation inside windows may indicate insufficient insulation or ventilation. Prevent mold and window frame damage by addressing the cause. Carefully remove mold and improve ventilation.
Keep Your Windows in Optimal Condition
Regular maintenance extends the lifespan of your casement or picture windows and improves home comfort, energy efficiency, and appeal. Spend a little time on it now so you can enjoy well-maintained windows all year.
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