As the cold temperatures of winter come to an end, chances are that you'll actually be using your windows once again. Be sure to check these 3 things to make sure they are ready.
Windows are a great way to let in natural light and cut down on your electric bill, but they also can cause your home to be less energy efficient. Start by checking the seals around your windows, and look for obvious places where there isn't any sealant. You can buy caulk at your local home improvement store and apply it by following the manufacturer's directions.
When you are not sure if the windows have a problem with the seal, you can check them with a friend by using a few tools. Start by shutting all of the doors and windows in your home, and turning on exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen. This will create pressure that pulls air out of the house and through the fans.
Since warm air will want to get inside, have someone else light a match or any other object that creates smoke, and hold it by the window. If you have leaks, the smoke will come through the seals of your window and be easy to spot. Mark these places using a pencil so that you can seal them all at once.
Much like a seal around a window, any glass that is cracked will also allow warm air to get inside your home. Thankfully, it's easy to spot a broken glass pane. It will be better for you to replace glass panes than cover the crack with caulk or tape. It may be more work, but it will ensure that air is not leaking through the damaged glass.
Wear And Tear Repair
A window will see some regular wear and tear over the years that requires some maintenance. This is especially true when you are going to be opening and closing the window again now that the weather outside is nice.
Start by cleaning off the tracks and oiling them if necessary. Your screens may have small holes in them, which will allow bugs to get inside. These screens are fairly easy to repair on your own with a screen repair kit from your home improvement store.
If the maintenance you have to do to your windows seems overwhelming, now may be the time to get window replacement. For more information, contact Gallagher Bros. Inc. or a similar company.