Take ‘em OFF, take them all OFF… the screens, of
course! The current weather reports indicate we are about to enter some
of the coldest temperatures of the season and possibly coldest in the past
several years. If you’re interested in preserving the inside of your
windows and improving the indoor quality of the air in your home, it will be a
good, make that great, idea to remove your window screens. While window
screens do a fine job of keeping bothersome insects outside in the fair-weather
months, they also do a darn good job of keeping the warm interior air away from
the window pane during periods of frigid temps. This typically creates an
area then for moisture to accumulate and oftentimes ice to form at the bottoms
of the window sash. While the ice itself may not be terribly problematic,
the eventual melting of that ice and resulting water and moisture sitting on
the sill or running down walls is definitely a recipe for disaster:
rotting or moldy window sills or wall cavities. By simply removing the
screens and keeping any window shades up or open to allow the warmer interior
air from your home to flow to the window panes, most of this will be
eliminated. If you still notice ice build-up, you can turbo charge this
process, so-to-speak, by placing a fan in front of the window and forcing the
warm air to the window. Bundle up, undress your windows and relax… spring
is only about 9 weeks away!
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