Winter is fast approaching and temperatures are getting colder. The indoor air temperature largely depends on the tightness of the window system. Timely regulation makes it possible to create the most comfortable conditions in each room, while reducing heating energy consumption. As part of our review today, we will tell you what the PVC window winter mode means and how to make the adjustment yourself to save money.
Air enters the room through the window seals. In hot weather, it is really useful to ensure the ventilation of the interior. However, in winter, cold air currents lower the temperature of the room. To avoid this and reduce your heating bill, you need to change the way the windows work: from “summer” mode to “winter” mode. This will surely prevent heat loss from the interior due to the tight placement of the window in its frame. We will do our best to outline the process in more detail.
1. First of all, it is necessary to clean the window frame from accumulated dust, wipe the metal parts of the fittings with a soft cloth, and apply lubricant to the moving parts.
two. Then open the flaps, find the screws. They look like little cylinders, coming out of a hexagonal depth. Their quantity depends on the width of the sheet. They are located on the edge, next to the handle. When you open the window, you can see them immediately. The two clamps are at the bottom.
3. Each screw should be turned as far as it will go using a flat or Phillips screwdriver, pliers, or a Torx hex key. In general, the rotation is clockwise. The direction of rotation depends on the type of clamp. If it is oval, then the rotation must be horizontal, if it is round, then it must be on the street side. When adjusting certain windows, you need to “pull” the buttons towards you, and after winter mode return them to their initial position.
4. Close the sheet. To make sure the transition was successful, you can check with a piece of paper. If it is not possible to insert it between the sheets, it means that the adjustment has been made correctly.
Before setting the mode, please adjust the window system to avoid damaging the sealing element in case the blind sags or tilts. Armed with a pencil with a soft rod, you need to circle the frame of the closed window around its perimeter. This operation must be carried out carefully, without great effort. If the window fits snugly, you will not be able to remove the sash.
After opening the shutter, measure the distance between the frame opening and the drawn line. The values obtained must be between 6 and 8 mm. Ideally, the same around the perimeter. The shutter must be located in the center of the opening.
If the values do not coincide in height, you must, after removing the plastic decorative insert from the hinges, tighten the screws with the hexagon. If the distance is less from below, then the upper screw needs to be slightly unscrewed, adjust the position of the sash and tighten the fasteners again. This action is repeated with the second cycle. If the distance is less from above, the same actions are performed with the lower screw. Adjustment is made until the desired result is achieved. Therefore, all the screws should assume approximately the same position.
Attention ! A properly tuned structure should open without a scraping noise.
If horizontal movement of the sash is required, the adjusting screw is tightened on one of the hinges. The displacement can be up to 3 mm. If you want to move away from the hinge, turn counterclockwise. Otherwise clockwise.
1. Use insulating window film – Window film creates an insulating barrier between the interior of your home and your windows.
2. Cover your windows with bubble wrap: Simply spray a mist of water on the inside of your clean window and hold the bubble side of the film to the wet window. Sealing the edges with tape can help keep the heat in.
3. Install removable magnetic window insulation: Instead of tape, magnets hold vinyl insulation in place.
4. Use electrical tape to seal cracks: simply press the caulking string into the panels, along the edges. Do the same outside the windows for better insulation.
5. Install thermal shades on your windows – Thermal shades have a special coating that traps hot air inside during the winter and blocks heat during the summer.