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 Mt. Pleasant will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually positives that can make winter the right 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 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 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 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 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 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 placed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation as well.
You can identify if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a number of ways from the simple to the thorough. 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 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 recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency sooner
A drafty window hits 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, also.
When looking to replace your windows, think about the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the proper solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (depending on 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 hot 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. Check with the team at Pella of Mt. Pleasant to better understand the exact benefits that different windows and glass choices bring to your part 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 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 wait, getting ahead of the rush by reserving a spring or summer installation date early. 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 design plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, purchasing 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 plans from Pella of Mt. Pleasant 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 easily as possible during the job.
- Consider closing off the room where replacement windows are being installed to minimize temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by shutting the door to the room 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 replaced 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 safeguard 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 access 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 delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Mt. Pleasant, 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 more detail at the next parts 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 colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 989-317-2558.