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Routine Care Task

Inspect and clean windows and frames


Properly maintaining windows will help ensure their insulating capacity, which will help you save energy on your heating and cooling costs.


Twice per year: April, October (yearly)

NOTE: The tasks and timings shown here for your Windows are based on a single-family home (owned), located in Massachusetts, United States, with priority set at ‘1 star' or higher, for all possible goals.

If you set your personalization differently in your Home Wizard app, then you may get reminders for different tasks and timings in your recommended home care program for your Windows.

How To

window care Windows should be inspected for the following:

Broken panes: Broken panes should be replaced.

Caulk and glazing: Check caulk around windows for cracking and deterioration, and repair as necessary. Check glazing around window panes and repair as necessary.

Window operation: If hinged window panes stick, they may need to be sanded. If storm windows are in a track, use silicon spray to help keep them from moving freely (after cleaning).

Window hardware: Replace broken, worn, or missing hardware. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers, and window slides.

Clean cobwebs and debris from around window frames. Clean windows with an ammonia solution or window cleaner. Do not clean windows while in hot direct sunlight, or the cleaning solution will evaporate quickly causing streaking.

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  • Appearance
  • Maintaining Value
  • Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs

The benefits of this task are energy savings and window performance.


The cost of this task is relatively high from an investment of time. You will need the supplies described above (sandpaper, silicone spray, oil, glazing compound, etc.).