Cleaning windows is all about saving money and boosting health while providing a great view. Here are the top five financial and health reasons to get your windows cleaned:
- Avoid damage to the glass and frame.
Rain contains acid and dirt. Over time, the acid begins to etch or scratch the glass and the dirt enters the glass pores. Eventually, this damage could alter the structure of the window, requiring full replacement, which is costly.
- Prevent mold spores from entering the home.
Dirt buildup on the sills can attract and grow mold spores. When you open your window, the mold spores are carried into your home. Mold can cause lung disease and damage your long-term health. Cleaning sills boosts your health.
- Clean windows are better insulators, saving on winter heating costs.
The sun’s UV rays penetrate a closed window and help heat the interior of a home. When the window has a buildup of dirt and grime, the glass reflects back the UV rays and removes the benefit of the sun’s free heat. The fewer UV rays that penetrate, the higher your heating bill.
- Clean windows let in more healthful Vitamin D.
The average person spends 90% of their time indoors, and windows help us connect to the outdoors. Sunshine also has Vitamin D, which as been shown to improve bone growth, reduce cancer cell growth, help control infections, increase positive mood, and reduce inflammation. Clean windows let in more Vitamin D.
- Clean windows increase the value of your home.
Money Magazine published research showing that for every $100 spent on window cleaning, realtors see a $768 increase in sale price.
When is the best time to schedule window cleaning?
Most expert home maintenance pros suggest that window cleaning should be done twice a year. Window cleaning crews can work in most weather, so the time of year is less important than the twice-a-year frequency. In winter climates, spring and fall are best.
How to pick the best window cleaning company
Look for a company that has been in business specifically cleaning windows professionally. The company should have complete insurance coverage. If possible, select a vendor with additional optional services, such as screen cleaning, jamb cleaning, hard water stain removal, skylight cleaning and cobweb cleaning. Make sure they use eco-friendly cleaning chemicals that also remove mold.
Companies that offer companion services, like house cleaning, carpet cleaning and gutter cleaning are preferred. This consolidated approach simplifies maintenance, allows the company to take a personal interest in the overall well-being of your home, and enables you to become a priority customer. Many “one call does it all” companies also offer multiple-service discounts.
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