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 weather, but because they think replacing their windows in Albuquerque 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 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-organized replacement plan can help save time and money and avoid headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows installed in your home.
People often realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The cooler 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 identified.
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 strategies 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 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 placed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation too.
You can determine if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the simple to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check for damaged glazing (the hard putty that keeps panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal breaks down, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can check ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it recorded 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 determining 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 advises windows with both the proper solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (suited for your climate), and low U-factors. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and identifies 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 hot months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Albuquerque 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 choose to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it less difficult 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 wait, getting ahead of the rush by booking a spring or summer installation date now. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help ensure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to consider 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 things to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation procedures from Pella of Albuquerque for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan 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 rest of your home. This can be easily done by closing 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 pros 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 sealing that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer guidance 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 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 stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the pro team at Pella of Albuquerque, 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 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 choices available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 505-373-1296.