The holiday season is here, and with lights decorating houses and the festive spirit all around, there’s nothing quite like a pristine and clear view through your windows to set the perfect joyful mood. Whether you’re planning to host gatherings, decorate your Pittsburgh home, or simply enjoy the beauty of the season from the comfort of your living space, your windows can make a world of difference. While you’re busy decking the halls and stringing up twinkling lights, don’t overlook an essential element that can truly enhance your holiday experience, your windows.
We are going to review some things you can do to create a sparkling view this holiday season with some window maintenance tips, to ensure they gleam and enhance your home’s holiday ambiance.
Winter Window Maintenance
This time of the year serves as a reminder that colder weather is coming to the Pittsburgh area and winter will be here in the blink of an eye. As a homeowner, although you may be busy with holiday plans, if you haven’t already, you need to prepare your home for the brisk weather to come, and that includes your Pittsburgh windows. Clean, well maintained windows not only allow you to enjoy the winter landscape outside but also let that warm holiday glow permeate your home.
We have reviewed some winter window maintenance tips before, but being the holiday season and all, we are going to review some additional things you should consider to help create a sparkling view this holiday season.
Make Them Shine: Before you dive into the holiday decorations, take the time to thoroughly clean your windows. If your windows have screens, wash them with soap and water. Be sure to clean the glass, sills, and all other moving parts as well. Clean any sand, dirt, or dust from the window hinges, sills, and tracks. Dust and grime tend to accumulate in window areas, especially throughout the fall and winter months.
Fix Any Drafts or Leaks: When it comes to window maintenance, one of the most important things to do is to ensure your windows are doing their job of keeping the heat in and cold out during the winter months. According to Energy.gov, “About 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows”. The chilly winter winds can find their way through even the tiniest gaps and cracks in your windows, making your home less energy efficient and comfortable. Inspect your windows for any drafts or leaks and seal gaps with weather stripping or caulking to prevent heat loss.
Decorate Sensibly: Holiday decorations can put extra stress on your windows if not placed carefully. Avoid hanging heavy decorations directly on your window frames, as this could damage the frames or cause them to become misaligned. Instead, opt for lightweight adhesive hooks or consider decorating the windowsill instead. Keep in mind, where you place your holiday tree is also important in protecting your windows.
Maintain Hardware and Mechanisms: When it comes to window maintenance, in the colder months, many homeowners forget that they may still need to open them. Check all window hardware or mechanisms, such as hinges or sliding tracks, to ensure they’re in good working condition. Lubricate moving parts, if needed, to ensure smooth operation. A well maintained window is easier to open and close, making ventilation a breeze during holiday cooking and gatherings.
The holiday season is just the beginning of winter. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your windows in excellent condition throughout the entire season. As we said above, there are other winter window maintenance steps you should take, and if you haven’t already done them, now is probably a good time, before your home is filled with family and friends and your days are overtaken with holiday festivities.
This holiday season, as you cozy up by the fireplace with a hot cocoa and enjoy the festive atmosphere, don’t forget to give your windows some well-deserved attention. By following the above window maintenance tips, you can ensure that your windows not only provide a sparkling view of the winter wonderland outside but also contribute to the overall warmth and comfort of your holiday home.
R and C Glass is here to help you with your Pittsburgh windows this winter and all year round. We’re your team for all things glass, and that includes residential glass repair and replacement here in Pittsburgh. Our team is known for our same-day services, free estimates, and, most importantly, our great glass.
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