It’s springtime! After the long winter, it’s time to prepare your windows for the change in seasons. Windows play a number of important roles in the home: they regulate temperature, sunlight, and airflow; they provide security; and they even affect cleanliness and aesthetics. Here are a few tips to help you get your windows ready for a beautiful spring in British Columbia:
- Tip #1: Repair obvious damage. Now that the winter weather has ended, examine all your windows for cracks, chips, or warping. Have a professional repair major damages as soon as possible.
- Tip #2: Check the weather stripping. The strips of material between a window’s sash and pane help seal the window, preventing outside air from leaking into your home. These strips are often one of the first features to deteriorate, so it’s important to check their condition. If they’re worn down, they can let outside air into your home, which can result in higher hydro bills.
- Tip #3: Clean the glass. You might be surprised to see how much dirt and debris accumulate on your windows during the winter. This can break down the surface of even the best windows, causing them to age prematurely. Clean your windows with soap and water and a good glass cleaner. Don’t forget to do both sides!
- Tip #4: Use lighter curtains. During the winter, it’s common to hang curtains made of heavier fabric and darker colours. However, during spring and summer, keeping these up can leave rooms feeling too hot and stuffy. Switch to light-coloured, thinner curtains to help with airflow, making your rooms feel brighter.
Tip #5: Display indoor plants. Indoor plants bring a sense of spring to any home. They not only add colour to a room, but they also filter allergens, promote natural oxygen production, and absorb carbon dioxide.
If these tips don’t restore your windows to their former glory, it may be time to invest in new ones. Renewal by Andersen of British Columbia installs superior windows protected by one of the industry’s leading warranties. Give us a call or complete our online form to schedule a consultation.