Many homeowners focus on keeping windows clear and clean. However, according to Kevin Tennant, franchisee of Glass Doctor in North Pole, AK, it’s also important to focus on keeping the cold out. A significant amount of a home’s heat can escape through windows and doors. “Replace screen doors with storm doors and store the screens until the weather warms up – and do the same with screen windows,” Tennant advises. Moreover, he says this is also a great time to clean your windows and doors.
“You should also inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps, and make repairs or replacements as necessary,” Tennant explains. In addition, homeowners should check window frames for damage. “Repairs may be necessary to ensure the structural integrity of your home,” he says.
If there is condensation on the interior of a home’s windows, it can lead to damage of window frames. “Always use your exhaust fan when you’re doing something – like boiling a pot of water in the kitchen or running a steamy shower in the bathroom – that could generate steam,” Tennant advises.
Homeowners can also turn on the ceiling fan and run it in the opposite direction when it’s cold. “Circulating air can reduce the formation of condensation,” Tennant explains.
However, if there is condensation between the window panes, Tennant says either the window pane or seal has been compromised. Depending on the cause of the condensation, homeowners will either need to replace the window seal, repair a crack in the double pane window glass, or replace a single pane in the double pane window.
Terri Williams is a freelance journalist with bylines at The Economist, USA Today, Yahoo, the Houston Chronicle, and U.S. News & World Report. Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.