Windows are an important component of your home, yet they are one of the most overlooked things when it comes to maintenance. Not only are dirty windows creating poor aesthetic appeal, but excessive amounts of dirt and debris may weaken the glass, the framing, and the weather stripping. As summer arrives, it brings various good and bad elements with it, especially when it comes to the windows of your home. Between the cold nights, the bugs and the birds, from the winter can really wreak havoc on your windows. Here are 4 reasons why summertime window cleaning is essential.
Improves Curb Appeal
One of the first things others notice about the exterior of your home is the windows. Clean windows can make your property significantly more aesthetically appealing and inviting. If you are considering putting your home up for sale, one of the first places you should focus on is the exterior, especially the windows. When the windows are noticeably clean from the outside, it gives a better first impression of what the interior of the property may be like for both potential buyers and/or guests coming to your home.
Protects the Structure of the Glass
Glass is porous, so over time, it will collect dirt and debris, which can compromise the structure of it. A collection of dirt and debris may make the glass more fragile and/or cause the loss of pigmented spots and loss of transparency as well as promote the growth of mold and mildew. The winter weather includes a variety of things in the environment that can weaken the glass, including acid rain, minerals from sprinkler systems and the salt air. All of these elements can gradually cause scratches, which in turn leads to distortion. Regular cleaning helps to reduce the risk of future damages to the glass.
Improves Home Energy Efficiency
Windows that are dirty and stained can block the sunlight, which will cause an increase in your heating bill next winter. Dirt particles on the glass and framing can also cause breakdown, which will allow the cool air to seep out, causing the air conditioner to work harder than it needs to during the hot summer days. Between the heat outdoors and the air conditioner running indoors, condensation can occur between the panes of weak glass, which also causes your HVAC system to work overtime, as well as poses a risk of growing mold and mildew on and around the glass.
Saves Time and Money
Routinely cleaning the windows means the dirt and debris will not have the opportunity to build-up, which will save you time in the long-run. One of the most important reasons to clean the windows during the summer is that it keeps the glass maintained, so you reduce the risk of damage caused by buildup, which may save you from the cost of replacing the windows. Not only is it cost-effective to clean the glass, but when the windows are clean it reduces the amount of dirt and debris that drops down onto the interior and exterior walls, ultimately saving you time and cost of scraping and repairing damaged paint and/or siding.
One of the most common questions homeowners ask is “should the windows only be cleaned during the summer”? The answer to this question depends on a variety of things, such as how close you live to a busy road, whether or not there is work being done on or near your home and the type of landscaping, roofing and gutter system you have. All of these factors can have an effect on how much dirt, dust and debris accumulates on your windows.
Florida is known for its frequency of rain, which can cause streaking and buildup of dust and pollution. So, he best solution is to have the windows thoroughly and professionally cleaned at the beginning of each summer to help reduce the possibility of buildup throughout the summer and upcoming fall and winter.
Routinely cleaning the interior of the glass once a month using a solution of vinegar and water to remove the dust and spraying the outside of the glass with a hose about once a month during the spring and fall will help to reduce buildup and make the summer cleaning less difficult.