How can replacement windows help you prepare for the winter? Take a look at the whys and whats of a cold-weather window replacement service.
Why Replace Windows in the Winter?
Ideally you would replace your home's older, damaged, or worn windows before the cold weather arrives. But if you procrastinated, didn't have the home improvement budget, or just waited too long, you can still schedule this service in the cold or snowy weather.
The benefits of a pre-winter or during-winter replacement include:
- Energy savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 30 percent of home HVAC use comes from heating gains and losses. Reduce the likelihood of window-related heat losses, and the accompanying energy use, with a full set of replacement.
- Cost savings. You won't only save energy with new windows—you'll also save money. High quality, energy-efficient new windows can decrease home heating bills during the chilly winter months.
- Easier use. Even though you'll keep the windows closed for most of the winter, they still need to function. If you need to increase indoor air circulation to remove contaminants or allergens, you'll need windows that work well.
- Exterior aesthetics. The holiday lights you string outside of your home shouldn't have to frame worn, peeling, or damaged windows. Replacements provide a pristine canvas for your home's holiday display.
Now that you know why you should replace your windows this winter, it's time to take the next step and learn more about what the options are.
What Type of Windows Should You Choose in the Winter?
The answer to this question depends on your window-related goals. These could include anything from interior comfort and energy usage to enhancing your home's exterior appearance. Whether drafts or décor are behind your choice to schedule this service, replacement windows should:
- Have multiple panes. A single-pane model won't do much to reduce energy use or save you money. Multi-pane windows sandwich insulating gas in between multiple pieces of glass. These windows keep your home warm and the elements out.
- Fit the opening size. Improperly fitted windows allow air to leak in and out of your home. This can impact indoor comfort levels and home heating bills. A qualified contractor should fit and install the replacements.
- Come with a warranty. Don't sacrifice a warranty for a quick replacement service. A warranty is an easy way to protect yourself from unexpected expenses.
If you're not sure what type of window or which frame material will best meet your colder weather needs, talk to a qualified contractor. The professional can provide you with a selection of winter-worthy windows.