Bad Window Maintenance Habits

Windows, doors and other parts of your home that are operable demand a certain amount of maintenance to function properly for a long time. While there are top-shelf products that last longer than others, they still need some care.

There are some things you might be guilty of doing that are detrimental to the health of your windows. Here are some of those things that you should avoid.

Leaving the Drapes Down All the Time

This is a bad habit you need to drop, especially during the winter season. Leaving your drapes, blinds and other window covers down all the time prevents the natural flow of air, which can lead to moisture buildup on your window. This may seem harmless, but over time it can cause the growth of mold and mildew as well as bring about rot. Instead of keeping them fully closed, raise your window cover a few inches from the sill to allow air to circulate and prevent condensation.

Installing a Storm Window With a Low-E Window

A Low-E window reflects energy from the sun, which makes it effective for maintaining indoor temperatures. This is why a Low-E window is energy-efficient. However, if there is a storm window, too, heat from the sun will bounce between the storm window and the Low-E window, which will make your window hot. This may cause damage to the window seals and material.

Neglecting the Tracks of Your Sliding Window

Sliding windows and patio doors have tracks that enable their operability. However, if you fail to remove the dust and gunk that collects in their tracks, that can lead to poor operation and eventual damage. Prevent this problem by cleaning the tracks and spraying them with a dry silicone spray.

Forgetting to Lock Your Windows

Not only is this potentially dangerous, but it’s also a way to reduce your windows’ energy efficiency. Air leaks can lead to condensation, which can result in mold and mildew. Make it a habit to check if your windows are properly locked whenever you close them.

Renewal by Andersen® of Houston can give you more advice on protecting your windows from damage by avoiding bad habits. We can also help you with door replacementCall us today at (281) 547-6177. We’ll help you in Spring and in other areas around Texas.