For many homeowners, the concept of having to replace windows in the winter sends chills up their spines. It’s not just because of the season, but because they think replacing their windows in Springfield will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra hurdles, there are actually positives that can make winter a great time for window replacement for the savvy homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-planned replacement plan can help save time and money and reduce headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows added in your home.
People often recognize 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 identified.
Rather than sit back and wait for the spring to make a replacement, consider these benefits to replacing windows during the winter months and check out some tips that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a good time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to spot drafts or potential gaps in your current windows.
Colder temperatures cause materials to contract, and may impact performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to spot. Knowing which windows are problems can help plan 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 test the window installation too.
You can identify if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the simple to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check for damaged glazing (the hard putty that binds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal breaks down, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology assist. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it identified on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency right away
A drafty window affects your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your room warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll cut back on energy costs sooner, as well.
When looking to replace your windows, think about 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 (as needed in 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 summer 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 Springfield to better understand the unique benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your part of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you opt to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it easier to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either setting 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 getting a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help ensure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other design plans.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, getting and installing new windows can seem like a challenging task, but taking advantage of the proper 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 Springfield for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect before installation will make sure that you and the installer can work as efficiently as possible during the job.
- Consider closing off the room where replacement windows are being installed to lower the impact of temperature changes in the rest of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the area where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for installing your windows. That means pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take away your replaced windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra sealing that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer guidance on how best to protect your room from the elements 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 easy access into consideration as part of your winter window replacement plan will reduce headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next part 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 Springfield, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows despite the time of year. In coming 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 anticipate on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window options available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 217-793-0550.