Protecting your windows in autumn and winter

Protecting your windows in autumn and winter

The autumn and winter season is coming and so are cold mornings, gusty winds and major day-night temperature differences. Such weather conditions can have a negative effect on the condition of your windows. If, despite closed windows, you feel a cold breeze in the morning, and after rain, you find traces of moisture inside the house — it’s time to act.

Unfortunately, people tend to forget to do the seasonal window check. But the level of protection against unfavourable weather conditions largely depends on the technical condition of the windows. Autumn is the perfect time to think about the coming winter to avoid losses caused by broken or damaged windows in spring.

Step one – clean the windows

Start from cleaning the windows – this will not only let some light in the room, but will allow you to notice cracks, scratches and imperfections that were previously hidden under the layer of dirt. Bear in mind that improper washing of aluminum or PVC window may cause defects or even damage or discolouration. The traditional ways of cleaning the windows may not always be right. You should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, and not use highly acidic preparations or solvent-based liquids. They will almost certainly damage the coating of the aluminum profile.

Adjust the fittings

After thorough cleaning, check the windows’ technical condition. If you notice any clear signs of wear, damaged mechanisms and loose elements, hire a specialist so they can adjust or replace them. You should also pay attention to the fittings. They are one of the most important elements of windows and affect their functionality, determine the tightness and thermal comfort. Heavily worn parts should be replaced, and the remaining ones adjusted. Once a year, it is also worth lubricating the mechanisms using technical petroleum jelly or silicone grease. This will protect the mechanisms against rapid wear and premature corrosion.

Sealing the windows

The last step is to check the rubber seals that are responsible for the tightness of the windows. In order to perform their function properly, the seals must maintain adequate flexibility, and after deformation, they should quickly return to their original shape. All cracked, chipped or squashed seals must be replaced. However, if the rubber seals look okay, it is enough to lubricate them with technical petroleum jelly.

Remember that before the weather goes bad, it is worth checking the condition of your windows to protect your home from drafts and costly heat losses. If you spend some of your free time doing it, it will pay off in the long run as you will gain comfort of living without drafts and will save energy needed to heat the house.

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