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 Norwalk will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder 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-thought-out 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 realize 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 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 great time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to notice 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 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 added during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation too.
You can determine if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a variety 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 holds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal crumbles, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology make things easier. A non-contact infrared thermometer can check ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it registered on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
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 cut back on energy costs sooner, too.
When planning to replace your windows, think about 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 (depending on 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 winter months by keeping the heat in, but in hot months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Norwalk to better understand the exact benefits that different windows and glass options 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 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 be patient, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date now. Planning your window installation in advance 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 plan for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a daunting task, but taking advantage of the proper windows is well worth it. Here are a few extra ideas to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation process from Pella of Norwalk for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready for installation. Knowing what to expect ahead of time 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 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 placing 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 advice on how best to safeguard your room from the weather 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 reduce 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 professional team at Pella of Norwalk, 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 plan for on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window choices available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 203-663-3778.