Your windows can last for up to 20 years, as long as they are taken care of regularly and properly. Unfortunately, it’s very common to encounter windows that are riddled with issues, even if they’re only around five to ten years old. However, its condition can be affected by different factors, such as the materials, weather, and the habits of the homeowner.
In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Central Pennsylvania, the expert on casement windows, shares some harmful window habits you should unlearn.
Leaving Your Window Coverings Down
One of the biggest problems homeowners during the winter months is condensation. While leaving your window fixtures down during the winter won’t cause condensation in itself, it isolates moisture near your windows and restricts airflow. This can lead to mold and mildew growth, and will eventually cause your frames to rot. In turn, the only remedy to this problem is to have your windows replaced.
Not Cleaning the Tracks
Do you notice that you’re having a hard time operating your sliding windows and doors? Is it harder to open your casement windows than normal? Try to inspect where the window sash meets the frame. If there is debris trapped in it, clean it off to prevent pitting and corrosion with a dry silicone spray. This should apply enough lubrication for it to operate properly.
Not Locking Your Windows
Windows are inherently designed to perform at their best when they’re locked. This is because the seal between the sash and the weaetherstrip remains tight, preventing air leakage, drafts, and exterior noise. This harms your home’s energy efficiency. Windows that are closed, but aren’t locked allow moisture to enter your home, forming condensation and eventually rotting.
Only a reputable and well-trusted company understands why you should take your time when considering your options. So, when you’re looking for quality replacement windows, make sure to hire our professional services at Renewal by Andersen of Central Pennsylvania. Call us today at (717) 591-4900 or fill out our convenient contact form to get started! We serve Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, Stage College, and the surrounding PA areas.