For many homeowners, the thought of having to replace windows in the winter sends chills up their spines. It’s not just because of the weather, but because they think replacing their windows in Boston 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 plans, there are actually benefits 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 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 wintry weather shows air leaks and other problem areas 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 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 existing windows.
Colder temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to identify. Knowing which windows are problems can help determine 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 too.
You can identify if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a number 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 cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology make things easier. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect ambient air temperatures at window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency sooner
A drafty window affects your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your home warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll save energy costs sooner, also.
When determining to replace your windows, consider the future energy efficiency of your windows as it applies to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises 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 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 transfers in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of Boston to better understand the unique benefits that different windows and glass choices bring to your section 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 more flexible 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 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 renovations.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a big 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 Boston for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready 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 lower the impact of temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by shutting the door to the part of the house where the window is being replaced.
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 dispose of your old 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 guidance on how best to defend 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 prevent 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 expert team at Pella of Boston, 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 steps of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is needed for your home, and a look at what to expect on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window choices available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 781-239-1161.