Keeping Your Windows Maintained Properly

Keeping Your Windows Maintained ProperlyYour windows are vital portals that bring sunlight and the great outdoors indoors, enhancing interior aesthetics. However, windows can also represent major efficiency challenges. Glass is a very effective material for transmitting unwanted heat gain and loss, while window framing and woodwork provide opportunities for air leakage and drafts.

Upgrading to new windows with energy-efficient glazing and high-tech sealants is one recourse. However, it’s an expensive alternative. Careful maintenance of existing windows is often a more financially viable choice. Here are some steps to take to make sure every window provides a clear view without compromising household efficiency and comfort.

Weatherstrip Movable Surfaces

Weatherstripping deteriorates with age and eventually allows air leakage into and out of the house, complicating temperature control and home energy efficiency. Remove old worn weatherstripping and apply new weatherstripping to movable surfaces around all four sides of the window — the inside edges of the frame and along the bottom of the sash. While adhesive foam weatherstripping tape is the least expensive and easiest to install, vinyl, or rubber varieties seal better and last longer.

Caulk The Gaps

Caulking is cheap and the job is DIY-friendly. If you can see gaps between the wood (or aluminum) framing and the window glass itself, seal them with caulking. Pry and scrape out as much of the old dry stuff as you can and replace all of it with new household silicone caulk. You can reduce energy loss by sealing these gaps.

Control Condensation

Because window glass is usually the coolest surface in the house, it forms the perfect base for condensing water vapor out of indoor air. Condensation dripping off the glass rots window frames and sills, as well as causing mildew and mold growth that further deteriorates the window structure. Reduce condensation by keeping indoor humidity below 50 percent with a well-maintained air conditioner and/or a whole-house dehumidifier, if necessary.

Paitson Bros. has more advice about maintaining windows, doors, and other parts of your home’s structure. We’ve been your household efficiency and comfort source since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about window maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658.

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