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September Blog Post

Summer Window Woes: How To Easily Protect Your Home

As chilly spring days make way for the warm summer weather, homeowners start thinking about how they can prep for the heat. While getting an AC tune-up may be the obvious answer to summer heat questions, your home's air conditioning certainly isn't the only way to keep your family cool and comfortable.

Windows are major entry points to your home, which means they can let in the crisp, cool morning air when the temperature drops but also let in the heat-giving sunlight - and much more, such as pests. What can you do to maximize your windows' effectiveness in the summer months? Take a look at the following simple steps that can help you to keep your home cool, comfortable, and worry-free.

Keep the Sun Out

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that almost 76 percent of the sun that enters a home through doublepane windows turns to heat. If you haven't already taken steps to stop heat transfer, you could be losing money by adding to already-high AC bills.

Choosing the right windows, or adding to what you already have, can make a major difference in protecting your home against the summertime heat. The easiest, and often lowest cost, option is to shade the windows. Use room darkening blinds or shutters (installed in the interior or exterior) to keep the sunlight out. This trick minimizes the amount of heat that's entering your home with minimal effort in terms of installation and use.

If you'd rather not cover your windows, you still have options. Window films and coatings can stop glare, cut down on UV exposure and decrease the summer sun heat that enters your home. The effectiveness of any given film or coating depends on several factors, such as the size of the window, its orientation, the addition of other insulation and your region's climate.

A professional window contractor can help you to decide what type of glass will work best for your home. If you have older windows, this may mean installing replacements with tinted or coated glass.

Stop Condensation

When the interior and exterior temperatures differ, condensation can become a problem. Along with the hot summer sun comes higher humidity. The humidity combined with cooled indoor air can lead to wet windows. Leaving the windows covered in condensation can result in mold growth or material deterioration.

If the humidity is coming from inside your home, a dehumidifier may take care of this issue. But if its outdoor humidity that's at fault, you may need to call in an expert.

Upgrading single-pane windows with insulated multi-pane replacements may solve the condensation problem. Keep in mind, however, that choosing just any insulated window might not mean that you get a complete condensation fix. Windows filled with argon or krypton gas tend to provide the best results for homeowners who are trying to reduce this type of issue.

Prevent Pest Problems

Heat and dampness aren't the only summer window woes that homeowners face. Insects and other invaders can easily enter a home that doesn't have exterior protection. If your window frames aren't sealed well, have cracks, or have gapes, you may have created a doorway for pests to come inside.

Before the summer gets into full swing, inspect all of your windows. Seal any gaps, cracks, or holes with caulk or weather-stripping. If the window frames are in serious disrepair, and caulking won't solve the problem, have a professional contractor replace the entire unit.

Along with the windows themselves, check screens for holes or tears. If you regularly open your windows to let in fresh air, a torn screen may also let in mosquitoes, gnats, and other flying insects. So repair or replace damaged screens immediately.

Do you need new windows? Contact Bi-State Window & Door Inc. for more information.

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