Your first thought may be that window replacement is a fair-weather job, but replacing windows in winter offers unique benefits.
When “Old Man Winter” has arrived, the mercury drops and frozen winds start whipping, cold air can find its way into your home. Any break in your home’s “envelope” — the home’s outer shell of that protects the inside from the elements — is a prime source for air leakage.
Typically, windows account for the most surface area in your home’s envelope openings. And when you have old or inefficient windows, air leaks can make the temperatures inside uncomfortably chilly during the winter — not to mention the added wear on your HVAC system as it struggles to maintain the set temperature.
Will winter window replacement make your home a freezer?
Your old, leaky windows may have you considering a window replacement project, especially if the inside of your house is cold during the winter.
‘But, wait,’ you wonder. ‘Why would I replace my windows in the winter? My house will be freezing during the project!’
This is where research comes in handy. When looking for a window installer, ask about the procedures they follow to keep your home from getting cold during installation.
Best practices for winter window replacement jobs.
1. Remove one window at a time: During a window replacement project, installers should remove only one window at a time and replace it with the new window before moving on to the next one. That way, they limit the number of openings exposed to the cold air outside.
2. Use plastic floor-to-ceiling barriers: For larger openings, the installer should cover the opening with plastic floor to ceiling barriers. One example is installing bay or bow window, which are made of a number of windows such as double pane and picture windows.
3. Keep doors closed: When replacing a window, the installer should keep the door to that room closed, limiting the amount of cold air that can find its way into adjoining areas of the home.
4. Cleanliness practices: Along with winter cold comes mud, whether from rain or snowfall. Installers should use tarps, shoe-covering booties and other practices to ensure your home remains clean.
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