Summers in Orange County can reach as high as 91°F. This hot weather invites you to enjoy the natural shade and coziness of your homes. You might keep your windows shut and turn on the air conditioner to keep yourselves cool. But because your windows directly face the heat of the summer, they may be damaged. Once they get damaged, the hot air from the outside can seep in and ruin your comfort.
That is basically the gist of the dangers that can happen to your windows during summertime. The summer heat can cause more harm not only to your windows but also with the objects inside your home.
The Danger of Summer Heat
With more detail, here are the reasons why the summer heat is dangerous to your homes:
Damages on your window sealing
The summer heat can damage the caulks of your windows. Caulks are the materials that seal the joints and seams of your windows to make it airtight, waterproof, and dustproof. Because of the intense heat, the caulks expand and break away from the seams of your windows. If you let them unsealed, this is when the hot and humid air comes in.
Damages on the glazing and paint of your windows and awnings
Aside from caulks, some varieties of glazing and paint also expand when exposed to intense heat. The expansion causes cracks to happen along with the window glazing. Also, the paint cakes up and causes cracks along with your windows. If the cracks on the windows are not maintained, then the outside air may enter the room.
Dust particles make your windows and your home dirty.
Through the cracks, small dust and even insects can come in and infest your home. They can make your windows dusty, which can accumulate over time. Also, the dust that enters your room may cause allergies and irritations, which can potentially be a health hazard.
Increases the temperature of your home.
As a consequence of the hot air coming in, the temperature of your house may rise. This will affect many things in your home, including you. Your food left on the table will spoil more quickly. You, your household, and your pets may get sweaty and warm.
Increases your energy expenditure
In response to the rising heat in your room, you will tend to regulate the temperature by increasing the A/C. On extreme summer heat, you may even turn on your A/C unit 24/7. But as you increase your A/C, your energy bill will also rise.
Proper Windows Maintenance in the Summer
To avoid all of the things mentioned above, you will need a proper windows maintenance. Making sure that your windows are in good condition will not only help you save your home but will also keep you cozy and well. Here are a few tips for proper windows maintenance in the summer:
Clean your windows properly
A clean and dust-free window is your first step to keep them properly maintained. This way, the dust particles will not have an opportunity to accumulate and enter your home. A damp cloth is recommended to remove the dust completely, up to the tiniest speck. Some window materials, such as aluminum, may also need mild detergent and a soft scrubbing to eradicate the dirt completely.
Inspect the condition of your windows regularly
In the summer, it is essential to have your windows checked if they can still do their intended purpose. For instance, some windows with metal frames may be difficult to open. Because of the expansion of things in the summer, they may also be gaps in between the window casing and the wall. Aside from the window frames itself, the glazing caulks, and paint can be inspected for possible cracks.
Check the glazing of your window
Inspecting the cracks on your window glazing should be meticulously done. These cracks begin as thin as your hair, which can become thicker over time. If a sharp object can fit in the crack, then they need to be re-glazed.
Reseal and repaint your windows, as needed
Once cracks become noticeable in the caulks and paint, they need to be re-caulked and/or repainted. For a regular home, it is recommended to have your windows repainted every few (3-4) years. These will not only keep your windows look good and new, but they will also prevent further damage to your windows. As for resealing your windows, you can have them re-caulked and/or insulated to keep your room temperature balanced.
In Need of Quality Windows Maintenance? Prestige is at your Service!
The windows maintenance techniques mentioned above may be tedious for a household member to do on their own. But why do the windows maintenance and cleaning by yourself, when you can hire the best cleaning services in Orange County?
We at Prestige are a team of dedicated cleaning and maintenance personnel who know very well about proper windows maintenance. Contact us at (714) 224-0301 and let’s keep your windows in the best condition, even in the summer.