Winter’s winds blow cold outside, but if you can feel the chill inside your Mid-Atlantic home it might be time to replace leaky, faulty windows. Replacing your old, ill-fitting window can be the greatest holiday savings gift of the season.
If you find yourself dialing up the heat in your home to compensate for a drafty home, you are wasting energy and money.
There are several causes of draft in your home and wintertime is the best season to easily identify their source.
Here are some main culprits:
- Attic Hatches
- Wiring holes for electrical outlets
- Plumbing vents
- Recessed lights
Why replace windows in winter?
Identifying the problem windows
Winter weather exposes windows that aren’t sealed properly or have broken elements. Homeowners can literally feel which windows aren’t doing their job and need to be replaced.
Replacing drafty windows with energy efficient ones will have an immediate impact on the comfort level of your home and on your monthly energy bills. In fact, according to Energy Star, installing ENERGY STAR qualified windows lowers energy bills by about $424 a year in the Mid-Atlantic when replacing single-pane windows.
Ease of scheduling
Because traditionally most homeowners put off window replacement to the spring, winter affords homeowners their choice of the most convenient schedule to get the job done.
Homeowners can take advantage of special pricing and promotions on replacement windows during winter season.
Increase resale value
According to Zillow, a leading real estate and rental marketplace, upon resale the average homeowner recoups about 79 percent of their investment in replacement windows.
How does winter window replacement work?
Finding the right window replacement professional for your wintertime replacement requires they follow these important practices to make sure the installation is efficient and effective. Cold weather typically doesn’t affect window installation.
- Windows replaced one at a time. Installers work on just one window at a time limiting the amount of exposure to the cold air outside.
- Barriers can be used to seal work area. Where possible installers can use plastic sheeting to limit a work area and the amount of cold air coming into the home. This is especially useful for large window replacements such as bay windows or picture windows.
- Close doors in the rooms where window replacement is occurring. This helps keep the rest of the house at a comfortable temperature.
- Installers use caulking that is malleable at the lowest temperatures possible for the best seal.
- With winter comes snow and ice that can be a muddy mess indoors. Make sure your installer uses tarps and shoe booties to keep your home clean.
With the right professional there is no reason to suffer through a cold, winter season with drafty, leaky windows. You can take advantage of excellent specials, prime scheduling and professional design, build and installation of your new energy efficient windows from a Thompson Creek professional today. Call for a free estimate today!