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 Murray will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra plans, there are actually advantages that can make winter a great time for window replacement for the knowledgeable homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-organized replacement plan can help save time and money and reduce 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 wintry 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 discovered.
Rather than sit back and wait for the spring to make a replacement, consider these reasons for 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 spot drafts or potential gaps in your current 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 plan 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 placed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can see if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the simple to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, look for damaged glazing (the hard putty that keeps 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 at window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency sooner
A drafty window impacts 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 reduce energy costs sooner, too.
When determining to replace your windows, look into the future energy efficiency of your windows as it regards your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises 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 tells you how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during colder months by keeping the heat in, but in warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Murray to better get to know the unique benefits that different windows and glass choices bring to your area 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 less difficult 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 booking a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help make sure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a daunting task, but taking advantage of the right 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 procedures from Pella of Murray for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan for installation. Knowing what to expect before installation 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 other areas of your home. This can be easily done by shutting the door to the room where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take away your old 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 tips on how best to defend your room from the cold 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 accessibility 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 chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Murray, 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 steps 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 wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 270-216-5253.