We all know that it looks very nice to have sparkling, freshly-cleaned windows through which to gaze out upon the world, but in the current economic climate we might all be looking to make a saving, and paying for professional window cleaning might at first glance seem to be a superficial, unnecessary expense. This is emphatically not the case – maintaining your windows clean has multiple benefits for your health, the longevity of your windows, and the energetic efficiency of your house.
Unclean windows can become a source of disease-causing bacteria, or of dust, pollen or other allergens. This may cause an allergic reaction, or enhance the spread of disease, and could increase the chance of you suffering uncomfortable symptoms such as irritated eyes, or a stuffy nose.
As well as this, the dirt that accumulates on windows frequently contains chemicals which are harmful to the integrity of the window frame, as this dirt may originate as pollution in the air from cars or factories. This can cause the window frames to become discoloured or brittle over time, leading to them becoming unsightly, and having to be replaced sooner than otherwise would have been the case.
Dirty windows can also reduce the energy efficiency of your home. This is because dirty windows let in less light than clean ones, and this reduces the amount of heat your house will receive from sunlight, making the heating system have to work harder. This can cause your energy bills to increase in price.