First-Time Home Owners’ Guide to Window Maintenance
Owning your first home is definitely exciting, but can come with many maintenance issues and challenges. One of the most important facets of your home, both structurally and aesthetically, is your windows. Your windows help control the temperature of your home and allow light to accent different areas of your house. At Feazel, our window experts have a few pieces of advice for taking care of your windows and extending their lifetime.
The first thing to do? Make sure you invest in durable aluminum or vinyl windows to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Aging, cheaper windows often lack multi-chambered, fusion-welded frame construction and can lead to air infiltration, lower overall energy efficiency, and eventually will fall apart, leading to costly replacement. Feazel windows actually are able to save you, on average, $101 – $538 on your energy bills! Help your HVAC system not have to work as hard to control the temperature in your home, and save some money in the meantime.
All of our windows at Feazel are designed to increase energy efficiency and keep your energy bill costs down through our partnership with Pella®. Pella®’s InsulShield® glass collection offers many different innovative choices to meet your needs and stylistic preferences. Pella® windows offer great energy-efficient options that will meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® certification no matter where you live.
Aside from general maintenance and upkeep, keeping your windows clean is just as important. Cleaning your windows might seem like a frustrating chore if you’re using the wrong cleaning supplies. Instead of grabbing a generic glass cleaner and some paper towels, all you need is a bit of dish soap, water and a sponge. You don’t need to vigorously scrub – just try to gently clean. Once you finish cleaning, squeegee the window. Use a chamois to dry up any excess cleaner and remove any streaks or drips to get your window fresh and clean. This will also help any sealant you apply perform better if the adhesive isn’t interrupted by any dust or dirt particles underneath.
While it’s easier to detect cold air seeping through your window frames in the winter, it’s actually easier to perform maintenance and repairs in the summertime. This is the perfect time to apply new caulk or weatherstripping without the inconvenience of cold air blasting through the open windows. Learn more about some simple steps you can take to keep your windows in the best shape possible.
When it comes to taking care of your new home, you don’t have to do it alone. Our Feazel window experts can provide you with a free inspection to understand what you need to replace or repair and will get you a quote within less than two minutes. Feazel has nearly 30 years of installation experience, and we offer a wide variety of high-quality materials to suit your style and budget, and we guarantee a perfect fit and finish. Contact us today to learn more about replacing your windows with a Feazel expert.