For many homeowners, the idea of having to replace windows in the winter sends chills up their spines. It’s not just because of the cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Hunt Valley will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually positives that can make winter a great time for window replacement for the prepared homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-thought-out replacement plan can help save time and money and prevent headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows added in your home.
People often become aware that they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery weather exposes air leaks and other issues with existing windows, either through draftier rooms or higher power bills due to energy inefficiency from windows were leaks have yet to be noticed.
Rather than sit back and wait for the spring to make a replacement, consider these ideas about replacing windows during the winter months and check out some strategies that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a smart time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify drafts or potential gaps in your home windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may decrease performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to spot. Knowing which windows are problems can help highlight which need to be replaced or repaired. This can help save both time and money over the long run when it comes to budgeting for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows installed during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation too.
You can identify if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a number of ways from the low-tech to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check for damaged glazing (the hard putty that holds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal crumbles, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology assist. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it registered on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
A drafty window affects your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your house warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll save energy costs sooner, too.
When determining to replace your windows, consider the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends windows with both the appropriate solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (depending on your climate), and low U-factors. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and identifies how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during chilly months by keeping the heat in, but in warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Hunt Valley to better grasp the specific benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your area of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you decide to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it less difficult to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either planning a time to have your windows installed in the winter months or, if you still want to hold off, getting ahead of the rush by booking a spring or summer installation date now. Planning your window installation in advance can help keep other projects on track and help ensure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a challenging task, but taking advantage of the correct windows is well worth it. Here are a few extra ideas to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation procedures from Pella of Hunt Valley for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect before the day of the install will make sure that you and the installer can work as quickly as possible during the job.
- Consider closing off the room where replacement windows are being installed to minimize temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the area where the window is being replaced.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for placing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of your old windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra protection that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer advice on how best to protect your room from the weather while work continues on your windows.
- If your window installation is scheduled after (or during) a period of snowfall, make sure to keep the installation area clear of snow. Taking access into consideration as part of your winter window replacement plan will cut down on headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next phase of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the pro team at Pella of Hunt Valley, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in greater detail at the next parts of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is needed for your home, and a look at what to plan for on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window selections available, the process used during wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 301-354-3633.