As most homeowners today focus on making their homes more energy efficient, it is not surprising to know that many of them are opting for double glazed windows when it is time to replace their old and worn out ones.
Basically, double glazed windows are made of two panes of glass separated by a space bar. The cavity in between the two panes play a key role in their energy efficiency, as it is not filled by regular atmosphere air. Rather, it contains dehydrated or inert gas, which works together with the dual-pane to create better barrier against heat flow. This, then, equates to lower energy bills.
Apart from being energy efficient, double glazed windows offer a number of other benefits to homeowners. So long as they are properly installed, they can greatly enhance the appearance of a house. They also aid in noise reduce, which is especially useful for homes that sit near busy streets or neighbourhoods. Nonetheless, they provide optimal security against break-ins because their double-panes cannot be easily tampered with. In short, they are excellent investments that pay for themselves over their lifecycle.
It should be noted that although double glazed windows are generally durable, special attention should be given towards their maintenance. This is because they are especially susceptible to misting, which if allowed to accumulate inside the cavity can result to a host of problems, including decreased visibility of the dual-pane, rotting of frame, and development of mould and mildew. Combine mist build up with frequent exposure to pollution and improper operation, and these things will eventually affect the integrity of the windows, resulting to their premature deterioration.
Doing window duty is not a particularly pleasant way to spend a weekend. However, attending to the maintenance needs of your double glazed windows at least once a year could add years to their service life and will also help you avoid the expensive cost of repairs or untimely replacement. So to ensure the longevity and serviceability of your windows, following below are the things you need to include on your to-do list.
Keeping them in good working condition
Regular inspection should be carried out on all double glazed windows to see if there are signs of wear or degradation that may affect their function. Look around the frames and take note of cracks or gaps. Be sure to patch them up immediately with caulk as they can become channels where water and air could get through. It is also wise to replace worn out weatherstrips to ensure that they are properly rerouting water away from your windows and keeping conditioned air inside. Also, do not forget to tighten loose screws on the locks and lubricate other movable parts with a shot of spray lubricant.
Keeping them spic and span
Like any other window, double glazed windows look their best if they are clean and if their glass panes are streak- and dust-free. So at least twice a year, you need to give the inside and outside of your windows a good wash. You can use a hand vacuum or a small paint brush to clean dirt and dust from the window sills and around the frames. Then, you can wet a sponge and wipe it down the sills and the frames to eliminate residual dust.
For the glass panes, spray a solution of water and mild dishwashing liquid on the surface and lightly rub the glass with a sponge in vertical or horizontal strokes. Once you have rubbed the entire surface with the solution, use a squeegee fitted with a smooth, soft rubber edge to wipe off the glass. Start working at the top or side of the window and work your way down, wiping the blade with a clean cloth after each stroke to prevent leaving streaks behind.
When cleaning the panes of your double glazed windows, be sure to avoid doing it in direct sunlight, as the sun’s rays will quickly dry out the glasses, making them more susceptible to streaking. The most ideal time of the day to clean them is during late afternoons or evenings.
Keeping moisture at bay
As mentioned earlier, moist build up is one of the primary enemies of double glazed windows. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to prevent this issue from damaging your double-pane units. First, you can remove moisture-laden air inside the house by using a ventilation system that will allow air to properly circulate. Or, better yet keep your windows open every once in a while to keep stale air out.
You should also keep heat inside the house, especially during cold seasons to avoid condensation. This can be done by adding radiators under your windows or avoiding operating humidifier or moisture-producing devices in cold weather. Another solution is to add desiccants between the panes that will absorb moisture or water.
Rebecca Messer is a freelance writer with a strong passion for home improvement. She greatly enjoys tackling topics related to home maintenance, repair, organization and décor because it allows her to share her insights while also learning new things along the way. She is also a contributor for City Glass UK Ltd.