How to Remove Double Hung Windows for Cleaning
Posted on June 23, 2021
Posted in Windows
Are you a new homeowner and
curious about the mechanics of the windows in your house? Or maybe you've owned
your home for quite a while and are looking to swap out your outdated window
style for something a little more modern. Whatever stage of home ownership
you're in, it's always good to know about the windows in your home and how to care
Double hung windows are designed
to make cleaning easier and are the most popular style of window amongst homeowners
for just that reason. But, if you're having difficulty knowing the difference
between single and double hung replacement windows and how to clean them,
you're not alone. Many homeowners need a tip or two (or three) on how to remove
double hung windows for cleaning. The good news is that this style of window
makes it easy to remove and clean them from one vantage point inside your home,
rather than having to step outside and get a ladder to give them a good once
over. Learning how to remove a window sash, double hung or not, can be
daunting, but have no fear: learn more about the basics of various types of windows, and follow the step-by-by
instructions below on how to remove and clean your "tilt" windows
safely and easily.
Unlock the Latches on the
You're going to want to start by
removing the screens from the windows and then feeling across the bottom window
sash for two locked latches. Simply glide your hand along the sash until you
hit the raised locks and you're in business. Unlocking these will allow you to
slide your bottom window sash up six to eight inches, giving you the room you
need to swing the window inward and away from the frame.
Pull the Sash Inward
Next, you'll need to push on the
locking tabs (aka sash releases) located on the left and right of the sash,
while pulling the bottom window out and inward toward you. Let the lower window
rest on the lower sash but be careful not to pull the sash too far; if you hit
a 90-degree angle you may accidentally remove it from the frame completely. The
goal is to swing the window panel out just far enough to be able to clean it,
but not to have it come off the rails. Once the bottom sash is leaning outward
at an open angle, you're ready to clean.
Repeat These Steps for the
Move to your top sash and repeat
these same key steps, unlocking the top latches and pulling the pane towards
the interior of your house at an almost 90-degree angle. Let the top sash rest
on the lower sash much like the bottom, until you have both windows leaning
open-faced toward you.
Clean Your Windows
You now have access to both sides
of your windows without having to step foot outside of your home. Forget about
rain, snow, sleet, or wind - you have everything you need to clean your windows
from inside, without worrying about inclement weather or dangerous conditions.
Clean the panes with window cleaner or a vinegar-based solution and then slide
both sashes back into their frame and lock them into their original positions.
Make sure you hear a distinct "click" as the locking tabs pop back
Double hung, tilted windows are
versatile, durable, and energy efficient, with the flexibility to allow for
various rates of ventilation and easy access cleaning. Vinyl is strong and will
not warp, crack, or bend, and you can choose to open one or both windows for
increased air flow. If your home is more modern or is a product of new
construction, double hung windows are likely the window type that you'll be
working with. Many homes even feature floor to ceiling double hung windows,
which offer the same benefits of easy cleaning and maneuvering, just in a
larger frame. Unlike single hung windowpanes, double hung vinyl windows are not
hard to raise and lower and will help you conserve energy and heat. According
to the U.S Department of Energy, "heat gain and loss through windows is
responsible for 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use,"
so making sure your home is filled with energy-efficient windows is a must.
Find more information about the energy
benefits of updating or replacing your windows from the U.S. Department of Energy, and do your research about what type of window may be best for
you. Then, if you land on wanting to install side by side double hung windows
in your home and need to learn more about their uses and benefits, visit Expo Home Improvement today or contact us for a free consultation.