Where is your cool reprise from the hot spring and summer weather?
While installing cooling units can be a quick fix, it’s also one of the most expensive. The lesser known truth is, cooling your home can be affordable. These are the window repair and window maintenance tips that will make your home more energy efficient in the summer.
Re-caulk Window – When the windows of your home are closed, can you feel air leaking through the caulk of the window? If so, this is a sign you need to re-caulk. Check both the interior as well as the exterior as this leak can be on either side of the window. With a putty knife, scrape off the caulk remains, and then reapply. Make sure to perform this repair during the most shaded and cool part of the day so that the fresh coat does not melt.
Repairing Window Seal – This isn’t a problem you’re going to find on single paned windows, but for those of you with double or triple pane – here’s what you need to know. Look closely at your windows, if you can spot condensation forming in-between the panes, you are losing energy. Your next steps will be to replace the window sash. To find out more on replacing a window sash, check out this tutorial.
Stuck Wooden Window – Oddly enough, keeping your windows closed during the day, with blinds drawn will help keep your house cool, but sometimes there’s a cold front, and it can be nice to open your windows and let in some air. If you are trying to open your window and you find it’s stuck, it’s likely due to excess particles in the track. The best way to solve this problem is to remove the window and clear out excess dust, old caulk, and to clean off the tracks.
Installing Blinds – Control the amount of natural light in your home by teaming up with some blinds. Adding blinds, especially to larger windows makes it possible to keep a little light, while restricting the heavier rays from heating up your home.
Hanging Curtains – If blinds aren’t doing the trick, heavier curtains have been known to work similarly to window panes, trapping heat, and they also reduce sunlight. For larger bay windows consider hanging floor length curtains to acquire more coverage.
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