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Windows play a huge role in the character, airiness and efficiency of your home. Windows allow natural light and fresh air to enter your house, provide a view to the outdoors and can serve as vital emergency exits. However, they’re also responsible for unnecessary heat loss, high energy consumption, cold drafts, and condensation problems.

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If you start to notice condensation, drafts or rattling noises from your windows, it’s time for you to think about an upgrade, but for homeowners with used windows that require some attention, not all used windows require a full window replacement. If you are living in a newer home with relatively new windows, but you notice the windows are not performing at their optimal best with heat loss through and around your windows, there are other alternatives to a full-frame window replacement.

Full-Window Replacement:

Replacement windows are designed to fit into existing window openings. They’re available in a multitude of sizes and come in wood, vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl-clad wood, and aluminum-clad wood. You can choose from 3 basic types of replacement windows:

• Sash kits
• Insert replacements(Retrofit)
• Full-frame units

Sash-replacement kits can give an old window frame new movable parts, including jamb liners and sash. Insert replacement windows consist of a fully assembled window in a ready-to-install secondary frame. It slips into the existing opening and is fastened to the old side jambs. Full-frame replacement windows are similar to inserts, except that they have a complete frame that includes head jamb, side jambs, and sill. These are the only option when the old window frame, sill, or jambs are rotted.

When installing replacement windows, we at Jans Awning Products generally replace the full window, including the old frame to ensure maximum view, insulation and draft-control. This way of replacing windows also makes for a more esthetically pleasing finish on both interior and exterior and is definitely the best way to make sure that you get full value for your money.

Retrofit Windows:

Retrofit windows (also called inserts) fit inside the existing window frames. Only the window stops and old sashes need to be removed. Existing moldings, inside and out, are not affected. Installing inserts are only an option if the old window frame is in good shape, rot-free, and square.

Reglazing Windows:

Glazing is the name of the hardened putty that creates a weathertight seal on the exterior the window between the wood and glass. Over time, glazing can become badly cracked or fall off, leaving your window vulnerable to water and rot. Reglazing is a good option for newer windows, which are still in good shape.

Jans Awning Products in Burlington has over 30 years of installing replacement windows. We use North Star Windows, which meet the strict standards for safety and efficiency set by the Canadian Standards Association.

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Though there isn’t much we can do about the ever increasing cost of hydro in Ontario, there are many measures we can take to limit our consumption, and lower our bill during the winter months. If you have heat leaving your home during the winter, this should be first on the list to fix.

Energy Efficient Windows

If your home is older or even if your windows and doors have seen better days, heat is leaving your house, driving your electricity and heating bill upwards. Replacing windows and doors doesn’t come cheap but will most certainly pay for themselves over the years. New windows will also increase your property value and add appeal to both the interior and exterior of your house.

Windows and doors can fail to do their job for a number of reasons. All will leave your house vulnerable to the frigid temperatures of winter.

Poor Quality

No matter what the age of your windows are, if they aren’t made with quality materials and quality workmanship, they aren’t going to keep the heat in. Living in Burlington, Energy Efficient windows will pay themselves off quickly with our hot summers (keeping the air conditioned air in and the hot air out) and frigid winters. North Star windows, for example use Low -E glass. This involves a coating on the glass that reduces the amount of heat lost while letting in the maximum amount of light.

Old Windows and Doors

If your windows are more than ten years old, they don’t likely include the most recent energy efficient technologies. Even if you windows and doors are in good shape, they are still likely letting your indoor heat out. Old windows and doors may be made of wood that has seen better days. Wood can become a breeding ground of mold when it is exposed to moisture. Wood will also expand and contract with temperature variations. All these things will contribute to heat loss. North Star windows and doors are made from vinyl and are on average, twice as efficient as your average 10-year-old window.

Poor Workmanship

Technology and quality materials will go a long way in producing energy efficient windows and doors that will save you money on your heating bill. If your windows and doors aren’t quality made however, they are likely to let you down. A quality made and installed window or door will keep out the heat, the cold and noise. A great company will guarantee their workmanship along with the product they provide.

If your windows and doors are letting out the heat and along with it, your money, it may be time to make the investment in new, quality windows and doors. With hydro rates rising, the cost of this investment makes good financial sense.  Jans Awning Products in Burlington can help you choose the right windows and doors for your home, as well as install them.

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Winter truly is a bittersweet season. Along with that warm holiday glow comes cold nights, shorter days, snow, ice, and wind! Keeping your home as warm and dry as possible will dramatically increase your chances of having an enjoyable winter. Winterizing your home can sometimes be a big project, but with a few small improvements you can be coming home to a warm and dry house every single day.


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Start With New Doors and Windows!

An enormous amount of heat is lost every winter through inefficient, poorly installed, or simply old doors and windows. Today’s energy efficient windows have been built with the intention of not only reducing heat loss, but also helping you save on your heating bill while reducing your impact on the environment. At Jans Awning Products, we help homeowners install new doors and windows all year round that keep their home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We carry the North Star line of quality vinyl windows, and specialize in bay and bow windows. North Star windows have been specially designed to thrive under Ontario’s harsh weather conditions, while also looking fantastic!

You can see all of our Window options here. Alternatively, consider installing some storm windows. Did you know that simply installing a storm window can increase the efficiency of your windows by up to 45%? Storm windows act by sealing up drafts and reducing the loss of heat from the inside of your home.

Schedule a Furnace Inspection

The best time to schedule a furnace inspection is before you even need it! During a furnace inspection, a professional heating specialist will do everything from change the filters of your furnace, to check the electric connections, and make sure the emergency shutdown and startup functions are working properly. They will also calibrate the temperature controls and help you program the settings to suit your heating preferences and schedule. The most important part of a furnace inspection is changing or cleaning the filters. These filters are what keep your furnace operating efficiently and safely.

Seal Up Gaps with Caulking and Weather-Stripping

Even the smallest of gaps can lead to a horrendous amount of heat loss. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these gaps around doors and windows can lead to between 5-30% of lost energy efficiency every single year! Take a close look at the areas where two different building materials meet, such as in corners, chimneys, where wires enter and exit your home, and all along the foundation. To find areas where you might be losing heat, use a stick of incense. Move a stick of lit incense along the exterior walls of your home, wherever the smoke of the incense wavers is where you are losing heat.

Lastly, make sure that your home is well insulated! Attics, garages, and basements are prime candidates for heat loss. Even if your home already has insulation in these areas, simply adding more can get your home even warmer!

To learn more about how our awning and window products can have your home warmer by winter time, contact Jans Awning Products today!

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When doing our annual spring cleaning, we often imagine things like cleaning out the garage, taking old household items to the dump, and starting with a clutter free home that seems to fill up again by the same time next year. Well this year go beyond the traditional de-cluttering and choose a few cleaning solutions that will last all year around.


Window and Door Maintenance

Spring is the perfect time of year to give not just your home, but your house a thorough cleaning. Choosing to clean your windows, doors and frames will help increase longevity of these products as well as control risks of mold and allergens developing in your home.

When washing window or door frames, use a soft cloth or long-handled soft-bristle brush to avoid any damage to the finish. A mild abrasive cleaner will usually be sufficient in most homes, but keeping it away from glass will avoid creating any unwanted streaks or marks on your windows. Stay away from chlorine bleach or liquid grease removers. Provided you follow the instructions, products such as SoftScrub, Ajax or BonAmi are perfect cleaners to use near glass or other delicate surfaces, while still effectively getting rid of tough stains from dirt or top soil, caulking, rust, mold or mildew.

When washing glass in windows or doors, you must use cleaners made specifically for glass that will not damage the glass or leave streaks or stains. There are many products available for this that comes in a variety of potencies depending on how strong of a product you are looking for.

If you have a specific stain on your glass that you need to remove, there are specialty products that can get rid of wax, permanent marker, oil, paint, pencil, rust, tar and bubble gum. A combination of Fantastik, Murphy Oil Soap and a solution of water vinegar and Windex can be made to combat each of these nasty stain causes.
Remember that for outdoor jobs or indoor windows that are high up, professional window cleaners will do a great job and have the proper tools to wash windows and doors effectively and safely.

Self-Cleaning Glass

If you are looking at installing new windows this season, consider self-cleaning glass. This specialty-made glass features a thin, clear, permanent coating on one of its surfaces. The coating makes raindrops spread out across the surface of the glass to wash away dirt particles. It also acts as a catalyst, when activated by sunlight, to break down organic dirt into water vapor and CO2 gas.

If you have a lot of windows or glass doors, self-cleaning glass is an investment in your home and a convenience you will enjoy for years after installation.

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There is no question that new or replacement windows can make a dramatic impression on any home. Although this is a costly investment, it is one of the most essential because it affects the overall value of your home while providing your family with daily comfort and security. Surveys from remodelers and real estate agents indicate that window replacement has an 80 percent return on your investment if you plan on selling your home in the foreseeable future.

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Whether you’re trying to improve your home’s curb appeal, expand a spectacular outside view or simply upgrade old, degraded windows, energy-efficient and stylishly updated windows will serve you well. However, when you start looking at new and replacement window options you might find it confusing for deciding which type of window is best for you, vinyl or aluminum.

Since replacement vinyl and aluminum windows have a wide range of costs depending on their features, such as style, glaze and shape, it’s important to choose the best quality your budget allows. If you plan on staying in your home for a long period of time, avoid low-end and single pane windows that offer little energy savings. The higher the quality window, the better it will perform with upgraded hardware and a better guarantee.

Vinyl windows have grown in popularity for residential use over the past fifteen year. They have certain advantages over aluminum, especially for primary windows in comparison to secondary windows. However, if they’re used as the secondary window, many of the advantages are negligible because both vinyl and aluminum are used to improve the insulation values of a primary window.  However, aluminum windows have more mass versus vinyl windows and stop more external noise from getting into the house since they’re almost three times heavier and stronger than vinyl.On the other hand, aluminum windows have one huge drawback. They are less energy efficient because they are conductors of heat and cold, resulting in energy loss.


Regardless of age, vinyl windows always look great and they are extremely easy to maintain. They are durable, low maintenance and the standard you’ll find in most of today’s new homes. In addition to their modern look, they are the most energy-efficient windows on the market. They will not rust, warp or corrode and remain almost 100 percent scratch free.

Aluminum windows are also known as a durable product and exceptionally resistant to moisture. They are resistant to dents and cracks and appealing in their appearance. Because they are extremely light-weight, they are the most common choice for high-rise apartments, condos and commercial buildings. Their one drawback is a poor energy efficiency rating in extreme climates (like the cold snap in Burlington this February of 2015) unless extra precautions are taken to insulate them properly.


Vinyl is a favorite in this category because you can create any look with different colours and a wide assortment of styles. Another bonus with vinyl is that the colour is part of the vinyl material, making them scratch resistant. There is never a need to scrape or paint. You can also match the window frame colours to most other paint colours you’re using on the house.

Aluminum has a variety of colours as well, but unlike vinyl, aluminum frames may be painted if you choose to go this route.  Since aluminum windows are similar in look to steel, they offer a sleek, contemporary and industrial look. The sleek frames are simple in appearance and perfect for a modern loft, home or residential building.


The cost of vinyl runs the gamut and they’re made to fit any budget; however, even though the lower-end vinyl windows are cheaper yet durable, it’s best to step up to a mid to high-end window. This is a long term investment that is geared to reducing heating and cooling costs, so for the best energy-efficiency, invest for the future.

Aluminum windows are seen as an economical choice. They are also affordable and their cost is mid-range, somewhere mid to upper range for vinyl. However, because their energy efficiency is less than vinyl, they can typically be more expensive if you get anything other than a bottom-line product.

Your Choice:

Like everything in life there are pros and cons to anything. What type of windows you decide to install will be determined by many factors, including price, climate, esthetics look of your home, maintenance requirements and energy-savings features. Do some research ahead of visiting your local retailer’s showroom so that you will a more informed consumer in making your final determination. Jans Awning Products can answer any questions concerning windows you may have concerning whether you should get vinyl or aluminum.

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There are many benefits that you gain from installing energy-efficient windows if you’re building a new home or renovating a current one. Installing custom-made windows is a rewarding investment that yields many rewards such as lower utility bills, better soundproofing and improved curb appeal, which enhances the appearance of your home. A number of reports suggest that your return on investment can range from 80 to 90 percent with window replacement ranking in the top 5 for highest return on investment projects.

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It is always a wise investment to install high-quality windows that suit the design and style of your home and North Star custom-made products can fit your every need in any shape or size. Their energy-efficient windows can save you money by reducing energy costs while keeping your home comfortable in any season. Your home is filled with more natural light, better airflow, and it stays cool in during the summer months and warmer during the wintertime.

Independent studies show that installing new or replacing old, single-pane glass windows can improve your home’s ability to sustain a warmer interior by as much as 50 percent. Today’s energy efficient windows, like North Star, are made with cutting-edge technology. The windows combine durable vinyl with double-glazing and frames with high-performance glass packages.

Vinyl is today’s choice in high-quality windows because they are both attractive and low-maintenance. They never need to be painted, are easy to clean, energy efficient, built to last and either double or triple glazing provides exceptional energy efficiency in colder climates. North Star’s offers energy-saving low-e glass with Super Spacer® technology to resists condensation, boosts R-values and reduces noise. The fiberglass frames are inherently stable and the hardware systems are constructed of durable die-cast zinc or stainless steel material. These features provide not only durability, but they offer homeowners peace of mind.

There are several key signs that you windows need to be replaced such as inefficient and drafty one single pane glass, damaged or rotting wood caused by moisture, cracks in sashes and sills, excessive outside noise and condensation between glass panes. In particular, new windows have the ability to significantly reduce noise transmissions from the outside environment. With population density on the rise each year, controlling the frequencies that result in external noise filtering into the house is becoming an important aspect for new windows.

When these sub-standards occur over time, you know that you have windows that are inefficient and costing you money in utility bills. Their degraded appearance is detrimental to the curb appeal of your home and its value. Now is the time to retrofit your home with North Star’s high-quality, durable windows. They are built with the best materials to dramatically enhance the look of your home and measurably improve its energy efficiency for outstanding performance for many years to come. Additionally, installing new or replacing your old inefficient windows has a positive effect on our earth. By reducing energy consumptions, you reduce dependence on the production of natural resources that often cause harm to our environment.

North Star’s premium quality windows and doors are proudly 100 percent Canadian. Since 1985, they have been an industry leader, and their windows and doors are manufactured with pride in St Thomas, Ontario. Their products meet all testing requirements and they are certified by the Canadian Standards Association and comply with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) standards since their products are exclusively made for the North American Market.

North Star’s has a list of exclusive dealers who carry their products throughout North America. This highly reputable company is very selective about who they choose to represent them. Jans Awning Products in Oakville/Burlington is a recognized as an authorized dealer, but you can find a dealer in your location by clicking find dealer in your area.

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Sliding patio doors

Many new homes are often built with sliding doors, especially as alternative exits to the home or leading to the backyard. Sliding doors provide excellent sight lines to the outdoors and a source of natural light in the home. When old homes are renovated, many owners decide to change over to sliding doors for entry ways that look out to personal property. However, especially in a northern climate, are sliding doors an efficient option for your home?

If you live in an older home with original doors and windows, any new door will insulate better than older types and replacing them can be a good investment resulting in lower heating and cooling costs.

When purchasing new doors the best way to determine if they are an energy efficient option is to check their energy performance rating. This will make it easier to purchase a door most appropriate for your home’s climate and orientation. The energy performance rating will provide information about their potential for gaining and losing heat as well as transmitting sunlight into your home.

Heat Gain and Loss

Sliding doors can lose heat through direct conduction through the glass or glazing, frame or door. The radiation of heat into a house and out of a house from room-temperature objects. Although uncommon in most new doors, air leakage through and around them can cause heat loss, usually when installed incorrectly.

In comparison to most new doors, sliding doors usually lose much more heat than other doors because glass (the main component in sliding doors) is a very poor insulator. The most energy efficient glass doors will have metal frames with a thermal break which is a plastic insulator between inner and outer parts of the frame. Models with several glass layers are a good investment, especially in extreme climates. You can also use a foam caulking to help seal the new door frame as well as weatherstripping. Weatherstripping can be replaced annually to ensure the best seal possible around your doorways. Regardless of age or style, swinging doors still offer a much tighter seal than sliding doors. However, most home owners are still very drawn to sliding doors and they are often seen as a great value-add to any home because of high demand.

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Jans Awnings Products carries the high-quality vinyl windows from North Star. We are specialists in bow and bay windows, but offer the entire line of these windows and doors. The current day marketplace is chock full of replacement window and door products, but North Star products are unrivaled in terms of quality and popularity.

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Perfectly-Designed Windows

North Star windows and patio doors have all been specially-designed and built to effectively withstand the extreme weather conditions that prevail across Canada. Independent agency checks have proved that these products exceed the existing industry standards for insulation value and security. North Star provides the Low-E glass technology which is definitely an energy-saving advantage.

This is one of the standard features of all the windows and doors. All North Star windows are available with the Pilkington Activ™ brand of Self-Cleaning Glass. You can also opt for Argon and Krypton gas-filled, Tempered, Bronze and Gray-tint, Obscure or Triple glazing glass. These products provide the best insulation and help in reducing your energy bills.

The Special Window Coating

Low-E is an almost invisible coating that effectively reduces heat-loss from the windows even as it lets in sufficient natural light. This is an energy-efficient and high-performance glass which has a coating designed for top-notch performance in our climate. This is why it can also be rated the highest Canadian Energy-Rating.

This glass allows the energy of the sun to filter through in the winter even as the fusion-welded construction of the windows provides the perfect seal. This simply means that when you yearn to sun-bathe in the winter (when the sun manages to appear in the skies), you can easily get your shot of Vitamin D without actually stepping outdoors.

The windows hold in the comfortable inside temperatures that you want, when it’s freezing outside. This special coating will keep out the cold and allow you the luxury to treat yourself to a natural tan even when the outdoor temperatures are sub-zero.

High Quality Installation

You will find a number of good quality products on the market, but the durability and life of a window is highly dependent on how it has been installed. All our windows and patio doors come with the transferable limited-lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. When you get North Star windows installed from Jans Awning Products, the added advantage is that the installation is guaranteed for life.

Get that Tan

And so, if you feel that you want to get a tan and your dose of Vitamin D even in the winter, contact us at 905.335.3733. We can install these high-grade North Star windows for you anywhere across the GTA.

When you choose to purchase windows and awnings from Jans Awning Products, you know that you will get the best products, backed by iron-clad warranties and the highest levels of customer services too. For more information about North Star Windows and Doors, please contact us via this online form.

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Jans Windows and Doors is a tried, trusted and true leader in the field of windows and patio doors.

Established nearly five decades ago, Jans Windows and Doors has earned a reputation for excellence that few Hamilton-area companies can boast of. When Gerry and Jannie Jans founded the company in 1966 from their Burlington home, the company focus was on aluminum awnings, storm windows and doors. In 1982, Jans introduced local consumers to the ultra-convenient retractable awnings. And while awnings are still the mainstay of the business, the company’s outstanding reputation has since extended to roll shutters and screens, patio hard roofs, railings, and of course, quality windows and doors.

North Star Windows and Doors

Jans carries the highly reputable, innovative North Star line of windows and patio doors that have been built to withstand extreme weather conditions. North Star combines great looks, leading energy efficiency and cares about the environment inside and outside your home by saving energy and eliminating waste through a production process that ensures a greener future for everyone.

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Jans specializes in bay and bow windows, but offers a full line of vinyl windows and patio doors to meet every demand — contemporary or traditional—in today’s market place.

Equally as important as quality is the way your windows and doors – and any other product – are installed. With Jans Windows and Doors, you can trust the hands of an experienced, local installer and enjoy peace of mind with a transferable limited lifetime manufacturers warranty.

Herman Jans, who now owns Jans Windows and Doors with his wife Joanne, said that through 48 years in operation the company’s main source of business is, and always has been, word-of-mouth references.

To ensure the utmost quality and customer satisfaction, Jans takes great care to work only with suppliers that fully back their products and have earned a name for themselves through a proven record of excellence.

Not just windows and doors

Along with the top-notch North Star line, Jans carries roll shutters and roll screens by Talius. The products are designed to withstand the elements and give homeowners comfort and peace of mind in knowing their property is protected from sun and would-be intruders.

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Jans also supplies and installs patio hard roofs, which are aluminum-clad insulated roof systems that come complete with built-in eavestroughs and optional skylights. The system, called the Duraform Roof System, can be custom shaped and sized to fit around existing structures, such as chimneys or bays, and is an ideal material to provide comfort in the sunny days of summer or the bone-chilling temperatures of winter.

It has been Jans Windows and Doors’ privilege to serve homeowners and businesses in the Golden Horseshoe Area, and Herman and Joanne would like to thank all who have contributed to the company’s success.

And while founder Gerry has retired, the young-at- heart 81-year-old still goes out on the odd sales call and enjoys chatting with longtime customers.

As a testament to their longevity and success in the marketplace, Jans recently welcomed customers into their new and improved showroom at 4361 Harvester Rd. The bright and attractively decorated location allows products to be displayed in an attractive manner and features a faux side of a home with awnings, windows and doors on display. They invite you to visit their new showroom today!

Jans Windows and Doors has a great reputation and is well-known to scores of satisfied customers. People know that when they choose Jans, the name speaks for itself in terms of quality.

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Replacing old and outdated windows is a costly proposition for any homeowner, yet a very wise investment. Installing new windows not only provides you with a more energy efficient home, but it will substantially reduce your utility bills. Since utility rates continue to rise, homeowners recognize that having new windows is more than a luxury. Home energy-efficiency is now a prerequisite for keeping costs down, and installing energy-efficient windows can save over 40% on your electricity bills throughout the year.

Newer windows will separate your home from harsh weather and extreme exterior temperatures; thereby, reducing the adjustments required by your heating and cooling system. The advancement in design, technology and manufacturing makes today’s windows well-constructed, easy to clean and durable. According to HGTV, 60%-90% of your costs can be recouped when you invest in Energy Star rated windows, making replacing windows a great return on investment.

In addition to the energy savings, new windows enhance your home’s curb appeal with a cleaner and more polished look. Windows are the cornerstone of your home’s visual interest and they can add a striking feature to your home. Replacement windows are designed with smaller frames that provide a larger glass surface for more natural light to flow throughout the home. Natural light is more attractive and appealing for a healthier environment and makes any task more pleasurable. Additionally, replacement windows increase airflow, ventilation and improved comfort. They are constructed to reduce outside noise and increase privacy while the UV protection guards against interior damage that can occur from solar heat and harmful rays.

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Aside from all of the benefits and common inquiries about replacing windows, like style, color, and type of glass, many homeowners ask what time of the year is best for replacing windows.

When to Replace Your Windows:

Once you’ve made the decision to replace your old windows with new, state-of-the-art, energy-efficient models, you might think that sooner is better to start saving on your utility bill. However, there are some things to consider when determining which season is the best for installation, both for you and your home.

Ideally, the best time to plan for installation is during the time of the year when outside weather is more predictable and comfortable. If possible, you should avoid installing in the most extreme weather months such as winter and summer because even a few days in extreme temperatures like heat, humidity, cold or precipitation, puts your home at risk. Although you can rest assured seasoned pros will do the best job possible, inclement weather can be detrimental because it puts your installation professionals in danger. Also, if the installer is distressed from severe weather conditions, you may not get the best possible installation. Caulking may not set well and moisture can affect the tight tolerances related to installation. Even though good window companies and installers know how to finesse these issues, it’s something to consider.

To minimize the risk of extreme outside elements to your home and installer, spring and fall are better times of the year to install energy efficient windows. These two seasons are particularly good because they both come ahead of the harsh winter season and you can take advantage of a noticeable drop in your utility bills sooner.

On the other hand, seasoned professionals are a different breed, and ultimately you can install energy efficient windows at any time of year. These professionals know how to work around bad weather and they can work around anything short of a blizzard. Since the installation takes less than a couple of days, it’s unlikely that you and your home will be faced with a major weather event that causes damage. When you stop to think about it, if companies only installed in “optimal weather conditions”, they wouldn’t stay in business very long.

The one major downside of scheduling during spring and fall is that everyone else is booking the same thing at the same time. You may find yourself on a waiting list for installation and unable to get it during that time frame, so relax, good companies have you covered any time of the year.