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 season, but because they think replacing their windows in Woburn 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 benefits 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-planned replacement plan can help save time and money and avoid headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows placed in your home.
People often realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The cooler weather highlights air leaks and other concerns 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 ideas that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a smart time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to spot drafts or potential gaps in your existing windows.
Chillier 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 highlight which need to be replaced or repaired. This can help save both time and money over the long run when it comes to planning for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows placed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation too.
You can identify if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the basic to the sophisticated. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, look for damaged glazing (the hard putty that binds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal crumbles, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect ambient air temperatures near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it identified on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
A drafty window hits 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 reduce energy costs sooner, also.
When planning to replace your windows, consider the future energy efficiency of your windows as it regards your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests windows with both the appropriate solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (suited for your climate), and low U-factors. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and suggests how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during winter months by keeping the heat in, but in summer months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of Woburn to better grasp the exact benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your section of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you choose 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 reserving a spring or summer installation date now. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help the certainty that your windows are installed in the correct order with any other design plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, buying 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 things to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation plans from Pella of Woburn for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan for installation. Knowing what to expect before the day of the install 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 reduce temperature changes in the rest of your home. This can be easily done by securing the door to the area where the window is being replaced.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take away your previous windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra covering that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer advice on how best to safeguard 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 free 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 chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Woburn, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows despite the time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in further detail at the next parts of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is correct 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 selections available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 781-935-4947.