Your windows require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance all year round, especially during the winter. In today’s post, replacement windows company Renewal by Andersen® of Quad Cities shares items to add to your winter window maintenance checklist.
Check for Air Leaks
The freezing temperatures will prompt you to crank up the heat more than usual. Avoid soaring heating costs by ensuring the cold you’re feeling is due to the weather and not air leaks. Check your windows for cracks in the caulking and damaged weatherstrips. Recaulk and replace weatherstripping immediately once any level of damage has been detected.
Unlike single-pane windows, double-pane windows create a thermal barrier between the two glass panes. In effect, this thermal barrier helps maintain a comfortable interior temperature even during winter. Consult a replacement windows contractor like Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities regarding your double-pane windows options.
Inspect Weep Holes
Weep holes are usually found on the bottom of exterior window frames. They are designed to drain any rainwater or moisture that may have accumulated on the bottom channel of your window frames. If left unchecked, weep holes can get clogged with various debris. Faulty weep holes can cause the accumulated water to remain stagnant and accelerate the decay of your window frames or leak into your home.
To check whether the weep holes are still functional, you can pour water into the track. A steady stream of water should come out of the holes. Otherwise, or if the outgoing water is dirty, you need to clean the weep holes. You can simply poke the weep hole with a wire or spray the debris out using compressed air. Do this step for all your windows.
Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities offers excellent products and services all year round. Call us today at (844) 366-7784 to get a free estimate. We serve Davenport, IA.