Window replacement is a pretty straightforward process, yet myths about it nevertheless persist. In this blog, one of the leading home efficiency companies, Building Performance Professionals, debunks common myths about the window replacement process.
MYTH: Windows Should Only Be Replaced in the Summer
This myth probably stemmed from two things. One is based on the fact that most homeowners tend to schedule their home improvements to be done in the summer because of the greater likelihood of clear weather, which is ideal for projects like roof replacements. Kids are also on their summer break, which makes it easier to get everyone out of the house when needed. The other is likely based on the assumption that all windows will be removed at the same time during an installation, thus, like a roof replacement, leaving the house open to the elements. If this were really the case, it would definitely be better to schedule the project when the weather is nicer!
But here’s the truth: window replacement is one of the few home improvements that can be performed at almost any time of the year—including this season. The standard window installation process involves replacing the windows one at a time and sealing the room to avoid air leaks. Replacement window companies who offer home efficiency services are very careful not to compromise the home’s energy performance.
MYTH: Window Replacement Projects Take a Long Time
The average window replacement only takes about a day or two to complete. Since absolutely no parts of the house will be left open while a window replacement is in progress, you can continue living in your home like normal—you’ll just need to leave the room in which the windows are being replaced for an hour or two when it’s time to do that room. The only time that window installations get delayed is when the window openings have structural issues that require repair.
MYTH: New Windows Won’t Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Windows are an integral part of your home’s energy envelope, which is the enclosure that consists of the attic, exterior walls and everything installed on them: windows, entry doors and skylights. If your home is equipped with inefficient windows—single- pane glazing, warped frames, lack of insulation, etc.—then a new set of windows with an ENERGY STAR® rating can dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency. The actual impact on your home’s energy efficiency will vary depending on if your home has other efficiency issues such as inefficient doors or damaged insulation.
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