Spring Cleaning for Aurora (and surrounding area) Residents! Tips for Cleaning Doors and Windows
Posted by Northern Comfort on May 19, 2015
Spring cleaning time is here. From scrubbing your grout to decluttering your closets and washing out the garage, but don’t forget to put your windows and doors on the list too. Your windows and doors take a beating year-round and come spring and summer, they almost require more attention than anything else inside your home.
Properly maintaining your windows and doors in Barrie will also improve their longevity and energy-efficiency, while of course, making the exterior of your home welcoming and classy.
How to Spring Clean Doors and Windows
Window and door cleaning is one of those tasks that just beg to be hired out. However, you could save yourself a significant amount of money doing it yourself. And, it is not that hard to do. To simplify the process, here is how you can get your doors and windows sparkling like new:
Vinegar is your best friend for cleaning. It offers a unique all-purpose ability. A mixture of vinegar and water (about 50/50) can remove tough grime from windows, clean away salt residue and leave everything sparkling. Once dry, the smell will be gone too.
Do Not Use Suds
Anything that is too soapy will leave streaks on your windows and require you to rinse each window more than necessary.
Use a Squeegee
A squeegee is a great way to get your windows and doors squeaky clean. It eliminates streaks and removes any water so that you have a spotless finish.
Do Not Forget the Window Tracks
Windows in your Barrie home that are properly sealed will still have some grime built up inside the window tracks. Sprinkle a few teaspoons of baking soda into the track and pour a very small amount of vinegar on top. Let it fizz and bubble (which helps force dirt and grime to release its grip), then use a cotton swab to run along the inside and pick up any remaining grime. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
Clean Your Wood Doors Carefully
Wipe the top and exterior of the door to remove dust (just make sure to work along the grain). Use an oil soap and soft rag to clean off any buildup, and then buff the door. Use an all-purpose cleaner on handles and hardware or a brass cleaner if you have brass hardware.
Stain if Necessary
If you have a storm door, your front door may not require annual staining. If it does need a new stain, you will need to take the door down and remove all hardware before you stain. Use a stain that is durable enough for outdoors, but before you sand or apply anything, make sure you clean off any residue to facilitate better adhesion.
If your doors or windows in Barrie, Aurora, Newmarket and surrounding areas are outdated, consider updating to more energy-efficient models as part of your spring home improvement tasks. Northern Comfort Windows & Doors LTD can help get your home in tip-top shape with the latest energy efficient doors and windows.
The Benefits of High Energy Saving Windows in Barrie & Surrounding Areas
Posted by Northern Comfort on May 11, 2015
High energy savings windows are specifically designed to trap the desired temperatures inside and keep out the heat, cold and humidity outside. These windows offer multiple-glazes, low-E coatings and of course, energy savings.
Most homeowners do not realize that a majority of their home’s energy losses come from their windows. Outdated (especially single-pane) windows do not have the latest technology to increase savings by preventing air losses.
If you are thinking about updating your home’s windows, you may feel that it is an expensive project. However, once you examine the benefits, you will see why it is a home improvement project worth investing in.
Why Invest in Energy Saving Windows?
Today, the latest windows and doors in Barrie come with energy-ratings. These high energy-efficiency windows are attractive, multiple paned and help insulate your home. Just some of the reasons you should consider them include:
Lower HVAC Costs
High energy savings windows reduce those peak cooling and heating loads. So in the dead heat of summer for example, you will notice your HVAC unit is not working as hard to keep the inside of your house nice and cool.
No more uncomfortable drafts while you sit by the windows – even in the harsh winters. High-efficiency windows make your home’s interior more comfortable, no matter what the weather is outside.
Because the interior glass surface is warmer, you will not see frost in the winter or condensation because of the window’s ability to control humidity.
Reduce Interior Fading
The sun’s rays come through your windows and over time, can fade everything from paper to paint to carpeting and wood. With new, energy-efficient windows, you reduce the sunlight’s intensity inside your home; thereby reducing interior fading.
Unlike special tinting film, energy-efficient windows operate without tint, which means better light and views.
Summer is the Best Time for Window Replacement in Barrie
While you can replace windows year-round, the best time is early summer. The temperatures are just right to install and adjust your high energy savings windows. Northern Comfort Windows and Doors Ltd. can help you save money on this summer’s cooling costs and especially for next winter’s heating costs just by replacing your windows.
Learn more about high energy savings windows or get a free estimate by contacting Northern Comfort Windows and Doors Ltd. today. We serve Newmarket, Barrie, Aurora, Collingwood, Richmond Hill, Caledon, Midland, Organeville and surrounding areas. Call us at 888-220-2221 or contact us online.
In-home consultation. No obligation.