You may not know it yet, but if you’re already thinking about replacing your windows, you shouldn’t wait until the summer. Every moment you wait, you lose energy and money out of those frosty windows.
In fact, you’re losing a full thirty percent of the energy your furnace pumps into your house. Look at your energy bill. Would you toss thirty cents on the dollar into the landfill every month? We didn’t think so.
Besides your obvious loss in having old windows in the moment, what makes winter a suitable time to replace windows?
Demand to Replace Windows Is Lower
Most people worry about the fact that it will be cold in their house while the installation is happening. They worry about things they don’t even need to worry about. Things like seals not setting or windows expanding.
And because of their unfounded fears, you now have an opportunity to receive quicker service and with more options for availability from the installation company as well.
Some companies will have winter promotions to attract buyers. In fact, many times you can receive about ten percent off your purchase during the wintertime. And if there’s no discount on the price, they might offer you complimentary perks such as free seal installation or free maintenance for a certain amount of time.
There Are Ways to Replace Windows in the Winter
To reap the rewards of a reduced energy bill as quickly as possible and take advantage of the winter discounts, you should know how a window replacement is completed in the winter.
If you’re concerned about window expansion as the house heats up, you should know that any expansion and contraction of contemporary windows is negligible. Plus, the installers will use a seal that expands and contracts along with the windows if necessary.
So, since you don’t need to worry about winter window installation, let’s look at how installers should replace windows in the winter.
Remove One Window at a Time
If you were worried about heat loss, this will reduce the issue. In warmer months, an installer might replace all the windows at once as they are busier in the summer and prefer to finish the project faster.
But in the winter, time slows down for windows installers. Their schedule isn’t full. And your house energy bill is always a concern.
Keep the Door Closed
If you limit the number of openings into your house, less air will escape your home. Sometimes, you can even close a door, close the vents to that room, and seal it off while the installer is doing their job.
Place a towel or buy a door seal for the door to the room. This will prevent air from flowing in and out of the room.
Use Plastic to Seal Openings
When replacing a much larger window, place plastic over the outside before removing the window.
This will seal in the windows while the installer works. You will lose less energy this way and keep any inclement weather from invading your home.
This tip can be used in the summer to keep cool air in your house as well.
And if you are waiting for an installer to come to your house if things are busy, put plastic wrap over your windows to help keep the cold out in the meantime.
Anything you can do to keep from losing heat in the winter is a good thing. It will save you money.
Tarps Save Your Carpets
One of the things homeowners often worry about when it comes to winter installation is their carpets and indoor flooring.
It’s true that construction can be a messy job in the winter. But it doesn’t have to ruin your carpets or flooring.
Installers often use tarps and tape to protect your flooring and rooms from weather damage.
They also have special shoe booties to cover their shoes and boots when they enter your house.
When you replace windows in the winter, make sure the installer is using the proper equipment to keep your house safe. Ask ahead of time how they are going to keep things clean while they work.
How Can You Help Prepare For Winter Installation?
While you are hiring someone to come install new windows, you want the process to go as quickly and smoothly as possible –especially if it’s during the winter.
There are several things you can do to help an installer replace your windows faster and more efficiently in the winter.
- Cut back any tree branches or shrubs directly outside the window. You want the installer to be able to access the window and not get snowy, snagged, or wet from the branches or shrubs.
- Clean the window sills. Dust and pollen can mix with caulk and cause problems.
- Have your own plastic sheeting on hand just in case.
- Remove window trappings. Things like blinds, drapes and other things will get dirty and in the way of the installer the during installation. Your installer doesn’t want to be liable for breaking your blinds if they have to remove them.
- Move furniture away from the windows and drape furniture you can’t move. You want access to the window unobstructed on both sides.
- Disable window security sensors.
- Secure your pets. You can’t expect the installer to keep an eye on your pets and replace windows.
So there you have it, I hope I’ve clarified any concerns or questions you had about replacing your windows in the winter and if you’re still unsure, leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as I can.
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