Many homeowners find themselves in a winter battle with their windows to keep them in the best possible condition during these colder months. Here are some useful tips for maintaining your windows and shutters in the heart of winter.
Keep condensation at bay
The biggest risk of damage to your shutters or window surrounds as temperatures plummet is the effect of condensation and the problems that lasting exposure to it can cause. Start with condensation management or preventative options to get into good habits.
- Room heating can be a battle in itself during winter, especially when cost is factored in. Maintaining a consistent temperature is better for your windows in the long run so the best option may be to agree on a slightly lower temperature choice which can be regularly to avoid the sharp temperature increase and decreases which encourage condensation to form.
- Checking windows regularly, particularly in rooms that be not be frequently used, for any signs of condensation is a good habit to adopt. If any is identified, be sure to air out the room wherever possible, opening windows until the moisture has subsided and wiping away any residual condensation left.
- Purchasing moisture trappers if condensation is a returning issue on particular windows can be useful as whilst these are not a sure-fire protection against this gathering of moisture, they can be a handy way to reduce levels.
- Be mindful about how you are using rooms. For example, air drying washing inside will result in more moisture in the air so whilst many city dwellings do not have alternative options, or the time of year may prevent hanging outside, consider rotating the rooms which you are drying the clothes in to stop too much moisture gathering in a single space. Making use of extractor fans in bathrooms will help with moisture reduction as well as kitchen fans when cooking so be sure to utilise these if they are in place.