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 Baltimore will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually positives that can make winter the right 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 reduce headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows placed in your home.
People often recognize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather exposes 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 ideas about 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 spot drafts or potential gaps in your home windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may impact 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 added during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can determine if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a number of ways from the basic to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check 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 near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it identified on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
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, as well.
When planning to replace your windows, look into the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends windows with both the correct 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 colder months by keeping the heat in, but in warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Baltimore to better understand the unique 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 planning 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 early can help keep other projects on track and help the certainty that your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, purchasing 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 Baltimore 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 lower the impact of temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the area 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 take away your old 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 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 clear 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 part 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 Baltimore, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the time of year. In coming posts, we’ll be looking in further detail at the next points 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 winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 301-637-0762.