Experts estimate that 70% of a home’s energy loss occurs in windows and doors, and 90% of window heat loss occurs through the glass. Although no one really wants to think about their home’s windows, they are an important barrier to the weather that can drastically affect your energy bills and overall comfort. Don’t put up with energy loss, no matter the season.
During any season, it’s important to start thinking about replacing your drafty, failing windows. But while you may assume that windows can’t be replaced in cold weather, there are many benefits of replacing your windows during the fall and winter.
Fall Window Replacement
In the fall, window installations tend to increase as homeowners prepare for the upcoming winter, making schedules a little tighter. Since failing windows are the most noticeable in the winter, it’s beneficial to have them replaced before the cold air arrives and your heating bill skyrockets.
With the weather turning colder, your old windows can allow more moisture into your house. The moisture buildup can eventually turn into mold or mildew, which can be dangerous to you and your family’s health.
Bottom line: if your windows are failing at any point during the year, it’s best to get them replaced right when you notice the issue, rather than waiting until warmer weather arrives. Drafty windows can cause heating and cooling issues, and can be very costly over time.
Winter Window Replacement
All too often, it can be easy to put off replacing your home’s windows until absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, winter is usually when you realize that your windows are failing because it’s much easier to feel cold drafts. In the winter months, windows can become brittle in freezing temperatures, causing them to break easily; especially if they are old. With the cold wind blowing outside, the last thing you want is a broken window.
Instead of dealing with damaged or drafty windows all winter, consider having your windows replaced now before they get any worse. While winter doesn’t seem like an ideal time for window replacement, it is typically the slowest season for window installers. This means its easier to find a time that works for you.
Won’t My House Get Cold During Winter Window Installation?
Window Innovations offers a cold weather installation process to minimize heat loss in your home. By utilizing a two-man crew during winter months, we minimize your home’s exposure to the cold air. Each window opening is only exposed for a few minutes while the old window is removed and the new window is set in place.
Preparing or Window Installation in Any Season
You can save time and money by preparing for the window replacement before the installers arrive. Here are a few ways to prepare your home in any season:
- Clean the area around your windows. Dust and pollen can cause problems if accidently mixed with caulk.
- Take down blinds and curtains from your windows. In most cases, the hardware can stay, however, ask your c installer to be sure.
- If you have a security system, deactivate your window sensors before the installers arrive.
- While window installers often use drop cloths, it may be helpful to use additional drop cloths or plastic sheeting of your own on the surrounding walls and floor to keep your home free of additional dust and debris.
- Tree branches and shrubs can sometimes create obstacles, so it can be helpful to cut back any foliage beforehand. It’s also important to remove any outdoor window decorations, such as holiday wreaths and lights.
- Move any furniture that might be in the way of the installers so that they have a clear path from the installation spot to the front door.
- Before the window installation begins, it’s important to make sure that children and pets are secured in a place away from the work space. The installers will be carrying heavy objects, so everyone will need to stay clear of the area.
At Window Innovations, our factory-trained staff provides expert installation, no matter the season. If you’re ready to meet with one of our experts to discuss your replacement window options, schedule your free, in-home estimate today, or give us a call at 402.905.9100 for more information.