Window replacement isn’t something you do every few years. With proper care, you can expect your windows to last for decades.
Avoid these bad habits to keep your windows in good shape.
Installing a Storm Window on Top of a Window With Low-E Coating
Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings reflect solar heat outside to help cool indoor spaces in warm weather. Installing a storm window on top of Low-E windows will trap the solar energy. The energy will bounce between glass panes, causing extremely hot window glass, enough to damage your home.
Leaving Window Blinds Down
Condensation issues are common in the winter. Leaving window covers in cold weather traps moisture near to the windows and restricts airflow. Eventually, this can lead to mold, which you can only fix with a window replacement. Keep the window blinds or shades raised so the lowest part is a few inches above the bottom of the sill.
Keeping Windows Unlocked
Your windows are most efficient when you lock them. It tightens the seal between the sash and weatherstrip, helping get rid of drafts and reducing outdoor noise. Unlocked windows let moisture get through your interior, which can result in condensation and then mold or rot.
Pressure washing and using abrasive solutions can destroy a window seal. A broken seal will result in fogginess between the glass, making your window inefficient.
You also have to make sure that the tracks of your operable windows are clean to maintain smooth operation. Clean any debris from the track and apply a manufacturer-recommended lubricant to prevent corrosion.
For windows that stay efficient and beautiful for years, choose Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix. We are the area’s leading provider of high-quality door and window replacement services. Call us at (602) 562-1176 or fill out our online form for a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Phoenix and Tempe, AZ.