Here in Ontario, our windows take a real beating over the winter season. Leaving them closed for months at a time allows dust to build up inside, while snow, wind, rain, and sleet pelt them from the outside. It’s no surprise that window cleaning services become more popular this time of year.
As we head into spring and hope to shake off the cold winter weather with some fresh flowers and sunshine, it’s natural to look out the window more. Yet there’s nothing worse than looking outside only to see the smudgy, film-covered windows of last month blocking your view. If you’ve been considering window cleaning services but aren’t sure if they’re worth it, here are five advantages of regular window services.
Improve overall appearance
The most obvious advantage of having your windows washed regularly is for the sake of appearance. A clean window not only looks nicer but is nicer to look out of. Having clean windows makes your space feel more comfortable and appealing to visitors.
Loving the home you’re in is important. That’s why, as a home and business cleaning company, RBC Clean knows how important cleanliness is to the feelings we develop for our living space. Having clean windows improves your mood while you’re using them.
For example, many Canadian homes are built with a window over the kitchen sink. For those who choose to wash by hand, looking out a clean, bright window at a beautiful spring scene outside can help you forget you’re doing a chore at all. Similarly, having a clean window near the rocking chair in the living room might increase the frequency of which you gaze outside.
Improve the lifespan of your windows
Like most belongings, applying general care and keeping windows clean extends their lifespan. Windows are in a very precarious part of your home standing bastion between the outside and inside. Because of this, it incurs a variety of temperatures and weather.
With the heat inside and the cool night air outside, windows can steam, fog, and condensate. This encourages the growth of mould and mildew, which are a natural enemy of the wood frame supporting your glass windowpane.
Windows generally last 15-25 years, depending on the manufacturer, frame material, and installation process. Regular cleanings deter mildew from forming and reduce the possibilities of scratching or cracking due to debris and dirt on the glass.
Installing new windows is expensive, so extending their life even by 5-years is worthwhile. We often recommend customers do a deep window clean two times per year. Most windows come apart so you can clean between the panes of glass, wipe around the outside of the screen frame, and get into the grooves on the sliders.
Get better natural light
Aside from lamps and light fixtures, much of the light in your home during daytime hours comes in through the windows. When windows are dirty, even if it’s just a thin film of dust or dirty rainwater, it blocks light from entering. Keeping your windows clean can drastically brighten your home or office with natural light.
Natural light changes the entire look of a room by brightening colours, whitening whites, and elevating your space. You might find that ceilings look higher, and rooms appear larger simply because of the sunlight.
Not only does this improve the appearance of your home and workplace, but it also improves the overall mood. One study published through the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health found that being exposed to natural sunlight and nature in the workplace reduced stress and depression, and increased alertness.
Increased curb appeal
Clean windows improve more than just the quality of life inside; they also attract potential buyers outside. A house with bright, shiny windows is an attractive option for a home or business buyer. It suggests that the building has been well-cared for and maintained.
When consumers shop for new properties, they want to know that they’re getting their money’s worth. Whether your windows are 10 or 2 years old, keeping them in pristine condition creates the appearance of new or updated windows.
Like most elements of curb appeal, it all comes down to creating an aesthetically pleasing outward appearance. While cleaning your windows regularly has a myriad of benefits to the health and happiness of your home, it’s also a beautiful sight to behold for families and individuals on the hunt for a new house.
This is a great tip for those looking to list properties this spring. Having windows cleaned before sales photos are taken will give the property a shiny new look.
Enhanced air quality
It’s not something commonly considered, but the windows in our home sit collecting dust just like every other surface. Glass is already clingy on its own, but when condensation makes it wet, it becomes even more so, drawing in dust and holding it hostage until it dries.
Of course, once the dust dries, it’s free to blow around the room once more. In this way, dirty windows have a negative impact on the air quality in your home. This causes:
- Asthma symptoms
- Irritated eyes
- Itchy skin
- Sore throat
Regularly wiping windows and cleaning them from top to bottom decreases dust levels and enhances overall air quality. Cleaning window ledges and frames also help reduce this buildup of allergens.