With fall fast approaching, many homeowners will be changing out their screens and replacing them with storm windows, which cut down on wintertime drafts and better protect homes against cool temperatures and wintertime storms. Even when located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, homeowners benefit from using storm windows instead of the screens that usually are in place. Storm windows reduce the cold drafts that wintertime winds bring and can help to prevent frosting and even snow from getting inside windowsills. Snow does fall on occasion in the Las Vegas area, and as most people can recall, the temperatures actually dipped into the teens briefly during a cold snap during the fall of 2013 that burst water pipes and made life miserable for many area residents.
Storm Windows and Screens Need Cleaning
Whether you replace your window screens with storm windows or not, washing screens and storm windows is important and easy to do during the fall months before winter sets in with its cold and difficult to predict weather. Screens can be cleaned easily with warm, soapy water, a cloth and a softly bristled scrub brush. Rinsing them off with warm water or a simple garden hose and allowing them to dry before putting them into storage will keep them clean and ready for springtime. If leaving them up during the winter, they still will improve the appearance of homes and help to ensure they are protected against pests, wind-borne debris and other elements.
Clean Storm Windows Keep the View Clear
If you put up storm windows, cleaning them before installation is important. Storm windows install as easily as screen windows with the exception of weighing more and being more prone to damage. But when they are cleaned before installing, they work wonders by cutting down on wintertime drafts and keeping rains, snow and other elements off other windows. That helps to keep the interior windows protected and clean when the warmer spring weather arrives.
How much thought do you give to cleaning your screens and storm windows?