You often hear from window replacement and door replacement companies that windows are expected to last about 20 years. However, this is only true if the windows are properly cared for. In this blog, PJ Sullivan Exteriors shares the most common window usage habits that you should avoid.
Leaving the Window Treatments Closed All the Time
There are reasons why some homeowners tend to keep their curtains or blinds closed all the time. Some work at night and need to catch up on sleep during the day. Others just want to keep the room hidden from casual passersby. Whatever the reason is, it generally isn’t a good idea to keep curtains and similar types of window treatments closed all the time, especially during humid seasons. It traps moisture and prevents fresh air from coming through the windows, which can have a detrimental effect on indoor air quality.
Not Cleaning the Windows Properly
Most window replacment companies offer low-maintenance windows, which has proven to be a boon to homeowners, as they’ve made window cleaning and maintenance very easy to do. Despite its ease of use, low-maintenance windows still need to be properly cleaned. More than a few homeowners have made the mistake of using pressure washers on the windows, used corrosive substances to remove stains or left water droplets on the window glass. If you’re unsure how to properly clean your windows, consult the care and maintenance guide that came with it.
Not Cleaning the Tracks
If you have a sliding window that’s hard to open and close, there may be dirt and debris stuck in the tracks. Fortunately, modern sliding windows have removable sashes, which make it easy to keep the tracks clean.
Not Locking the Windows
Unlocked windows are not just a security risk, but may also contribute to your energy costs. Locking the windows helps press the sashes against the weatherstripping, which helps minimize air leaks. In addition to helping improve energy efficiency, it also helps keep out noise, condensation and drafts.
If you’re searching online for the best replacement window and siding contractors in your area, call PJ Sullivan Exteriors at (914) 215-5837 (New York) and (201) 614-2724 (New Jersey). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.
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