One of the things you can do to keep your home in good condition is to perform regular window maintenance. This does several things. It keeps your property looking good. It helps keep the value of your home high. Proper maintenance can also contribute to significant energy savings – perhaps by as much as 30%. It can also help your windows last longer.
Fortunately, window maintenance doesn’t take much time, cost a lot of money or have to be very often. As long as you haven’t noticed any particular problem, you can do an inspection once a year and check the frames, glass, weather stripping and lubrication. If you spot a problem, tend to it quickly, before it can become worse.
Use a vacuum to remove, dirt, cobwebs or debris that may have collected around the frames. With an all-purpose cleaner, wipe them down. You may need a brush to remove dirt and bird droppings from the outside. Tracks that are dirty can impede the windows movement. Scrape away loose or peeling paint and repaint as needed. If there are gaps between the frames and the walls, fill the gaps with latex caulk.
Regular cleanings should be done inside and out to restore the beauty of the windows. Any cracked, broken or missing panes should be immediately and carefully replaced.
Installing or replacing weather stripping or rubber seals around windows can drastically cut back the flow of cold air entering the home during the winter. Your furnace will have to work harder to heat the home if your windows are leaky.
After all the cleaning and repairs have been completed, a lubricant such as WD-40 or light petroleum should be applied to the working parts of the window to keep it moving freely. Don’t overdo it as too much oil can attract and hold dirt which can stick to the other parts of the window.
This is really all you have to do to take care of your windows and extend their life. Your house will look and function better with well-maintained windows.