If you haven't checked out your windows recently it may be smart to do so. Windows when they are new and work properly are great for allowing in sunlight and can reduce heating and cooling costs. On the other hand, these windows and window frames tend to crack, mold, and break allowing cold air to enter in the winter time and hot air to enter in the summer time. Here are a few tips that you can use to maintain your windows and keep them operating the way they should.
In order to keep the windows in use and operating functionally, there are a few things that you will need to do a couple of times a year. This maintenance routine may not be something that excites you, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run.
The first thing you should do is get rid of all of that dust, dirt, and debris. You can use a vacuum or rag to do this. I like to use one of those really small paint brushes to really get into those cracks and crevasses. After the dirt is all gone, take a wet rag and wipe it down. Make sure to wipe around the entire window pane and still.
Once it is clean then you should check the window and its components for any defaults. Check the lock and hinges to see if they are working. Give them a quick spray them with WD-40, silicone spray, or some kind of lubricant so they will not make any weird noises and will operate more smoothly.
Many times you will find that the locks don't operate anymore because they are crusted with paint. If this is the case, you can remove the paint by unscrewing the locks and let them soak in some pain thinner. Take a rust brush and scrape the paint off before reattaching the lock.
If your windows are removable, by all means take the window out to give it a more thorough clean down. This way you can get to the hard to reach tracks that the window slides on. Sometimes these tracks may need to be greased in order for the window to slide on them properly.
Swing lever windows should be opened all of the way and the swing levers should be greased and lubricated as well.
If there are any parts of the window that are allowing in air because of caulking or a leaky pane, be sure to remove the bad parts and replace them with no parts that wont leak. If you have to buy all new windows, that might be an option worth considering. You may not realize how much money these faulty windows could be costing you and your family.