It should be known by now that replacing old windows with new, high-efficiency windows is an important consideration when upgrading your home. Not only does it help with the appearance of your home and increase the value, but replacing your windows also helps to decrease your electricity bills. But when exactly is the best time to replace your windows? Does the time of year make a difference? Is there ideal weather to install windows? Are there signs that it’s time to replace them?
The best time of year, ideally, would be a time where there is the least amount of extreme weather. This includes the freezing, cold temperatures and storms of winter or the hot, blazing heat of the summer months. This leaves us with spring and — most importantly — fall. While they both offer cooler but tolerable temperatures and more predictable weather, fall is arguably a more important time to replace those old drafty windows because if you fail to prepare adequately for winter, it could cost you.
Since these times are the most ideal, it is important to remember that they’re also the busiest times of year for window and door companies. Typically, the process of installing new windows in the fall takes 6–8 weeks, starting from the time you sign the contract. If you are ordering your windows in early spring or fall, keep in mind that this is one of the peak times for most window replacement companies. That means you may not get all the attention you deserve. More importantly, because there is a large amount of clients to choose from, the company can price their windows more aggressively and you may not be a priority. This makes it all the more important to partner with a window and door company that promises to get the job done in a timely fashion and doesn’t inflate their prices depending on the season.
The first thing to look at is your energy bill. If you are paying higher than the local average, your windows may be the culprit. Hot and cold air may be entering or exiting your home through your windows if they are not sealed correctly. Stand beside your windows and feel for the outside air coming in. Try using a candle or incense — if the flame or smoke flickers, you know you have a drafty window. Other signs to look for include the appearance of your windows — are the frames leaky or decaying? Are they leaking? Are they difficult to open and close? Is there condensation on your windows? These are all signs that it might be time for your windows to be replaced.
If you are noticing a few or all of these warning signs in your windows, it might be time for you to replace them. Whether you choose to replace them in the on or off-season, make sure you purchase and install from a reliable replacement window company who help evaluate which type is best for you.