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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Haverhill will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually advantages that can make winter a smart 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 avoid headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows installed in your home.
People often recognize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather shows 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 discovered.
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 ideas 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.
Chillier 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 preparing for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows installed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation also.
You can identify if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the basic to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, examine for damaged glazing (the hard putty that keeps panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is seeping 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, look into 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 correct 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 warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Haverhill to better grasp the exact benefits that different windows and glass choices 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 scheduling 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 early can help keep other projects on track and help make sure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other design plans.
Know what to consider 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 thoughts to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation process from Pella of Haverhill 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 easily 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 closing the door to the room where the window is being replaced.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means installers who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and haul away your previous 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 tips 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 accessibility 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 held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Haverhill, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in further detail at the next points of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is right 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 978-291-7441.