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 Bloomington 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 hurdles, there are actually positives 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-thought-out replacement plan can help save time and money and avoid 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 cooler 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 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 good time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify drafts or potential gaps in your current windows.
Colder temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to feel. 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 planning for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows placed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation as well.
You can see if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the low-tech to the thorough. 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 breaks down, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology make things easier. 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 right away
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 save energy costs sooner, too.
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 recommends windows with both the proper 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 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 warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Bloomington to better get to know 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 opt to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it easier to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either planning a time to have your windows installed in the winter months or, if you still want to wait, getting ahead of the rush by reserving a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. 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 plan for winter installations
Researching, getting and installing new windows can seem like a big task, but taking advantage of the right 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 plans from Pella of Bloomington for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect ahead of time 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 areas of your home. This can be easily done by securing the door to the area where the window is being placed.
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 haul 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 guidance on how best to protect 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 clean of snow. Taking easy 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 chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Bloomington, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in greater 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 plan for 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 309-663-7132.