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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Syracuse 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 considerations, 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 installed in your home.
People often become aware that they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery 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 identified.
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 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 impact performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to feel. Knowing which windows are problems can help highlight 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 added during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can see if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the low-tech to the sophisticated. 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 cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology assist. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect ambient air temperatures at 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 right away
A drafty window affects your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your house warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll save energy costs sooner, also.
When looking to replace your windows, consider 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 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 suggests 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 summer 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. Speak with the team at Pella of Syracuse to better grasp the exact benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your area 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 wait, getting ahead of the rush by reserving a spring or summer installation date now. Planning your window installation in advance 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 expect for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a challenging 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 Syracuse 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 efficiently 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 installing your windows. That means installers who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take away your previous 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 advice 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 clear 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 phase of your home design doesn’t need to be held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Syracuse, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any time of year. In upcoming 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 needed 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 options available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 315-565-0399.