After a long winter and wet spring, there’s nothing quite like the bright blue skies promised by our east coast summers. The best way to enjoy this treat of a season is by opening our windows and letting the fresh air loft in. Maybe, however, that’s not your style and you’d rather be relaxing with your feet up in your nice air conditioned home. Either way, there are a few simple steps you want to take to make sure that your windows are ready for the change of seasons. Get them working great in no time with these easy tips!
Weather stripping is the little fabric piece attached to the bottom or your windows that prevents wind from drafting through. It may not seem important, but weather stripping provides a complete seal to keep your home energy efficient this summer; without it, you’re throwing money out the window. If your weather stripping is peeling or missing, it’s time to replace it. Thankfully, weather stripping is extremely cheap and easy to apply. Just rip the old stuff off, stick the new strip on, and start saving money.
There are two types of caulking that may be on your window; the caulking that is between the window pane and frame and the caulking between the window frame and your wall. Both should be checked for holes or cracks before the summer heat rolls on in. Like weather stripping, caulking is extremely cheap and easy to replace, but is also vital in keeping your home cool this summer.
Cracked Window Panes
First off, a cracked window should be replaced as soon as possible. However, we know that sometimes life gets in the way and a temporary fix is more appropriate. If this is your case, you can buy clear window caulk at any hardware store that can be applied to the window crack. The caulk will seal the window and stop your cool air from going straight outside. Remember, this is a temporary fix only while you’re waiting to get the window replaced.
After a long winter, nothing is better than some fresh summer air, as long as bugs aren’t coming in with it. Screens are one of those things that are easy to forget about replacing, but sooner or later you’ll start noticing mosquitoes or other critters having free range of your home. They’re not exactly cheap, but proper screens are vital for fully enjoying the summer.
Give Them a Good Cleaning
Lastly, before the summer sun starts shining down, give your windows a good cleaning. Dirt and other materials will scratch your windows and reduce its overall lifespan. You can clean your windows using soap, a white wine vinegar and water mix, or any other commercial window cleaning solution.
Get Those Windows Working Like New Again!
Windows are an investment in your home that you should take care of like anything else. Even if the change in seasons wasn’t creeping around the corner, it’s always smart to maintain your windows. Thankfully, all it takes is a little time and know-how and you can ensure your windows are working like the day they were installed. Now crack open those windows and enjoy the summer air!