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 season, but because they think replacing their windows in Indianapolis will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the winter months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually benefits 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-planned 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 highlights 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 ideas about 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 identify drafts or potential gaps in your current 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 highlight which need to be replaced or repaired. This can help save both time and money over the long run when it comes to budgeting for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows placed during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation also.
You can determine if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a number of ways from the basic 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 cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect 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 sooner
A drafty window hits your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your home warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll reduce energy costs sooner, also.
When planning to replace your windows, look into the future energy efficiency of your windows as it applies to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests windows with both the appropriate 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 tells you how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during chilly months by keeping the heat in, but in summer months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Indianapolis to better get to know the specific benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your area of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you choose to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it more flexible 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 hold off, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. 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 plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, getting and installing new windows can seem like a challenging task, but taking advantage of the correct 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 process from Pella of Indianapolis 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 quickly 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 area where the window is being placed.
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 tips 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 accessibility 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 part 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 Indianapolis, 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 greater 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 choices available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 317-983-5922.