When summer arrives, remodeling and home improvement projects really pick up speed. The warmer temperatures and longer days make summer the perfect time to tackle all those tasks that can be thwarted by cold weather.

There is one home improvement project in particular receives a lot of attention during the summer months: window replacement. And for good reasons! For starters, homeowners who are considering replacing outdated windows stand to benefit from the upgrade immediately, and in the long run they’ll enjoy a boost in their home’s value. Read on for a few more great reasons to replace old windows this summer.

1. Beat the Bad Weather

Window replacement involves opening your home to the elements, and this can give a homeowner pause. I mean no one wants to replace windows when it’s 4 degrees outside in the winter. Even during the springtime, with all the rain, isn’t an ideal. Window replacement is best done during the sunny, warm days of summer.

Avoiding a window project in winter isn’t just a question of household comfort. Winter’s frigid temperatures and inclement weather can also impede construction. For example, some types of exterior caulking do not adhere well in cold weather, so you won’t get the best seal possible. Replacing windows in the winter may also lead to delays if the contractor has to reschedule as a result of snowy conditions. The best all-around option is to replace windows when it’s warm outside. Then, when Old Man Winter comes calling a few months later, you’ll already have a cozy, draft-free home.

2. Enjoy Lower Cooling Costs Now

Keeping the house cool during hot weather can put a strain on the budget, especially when the existing windows are single-pane. People often replace their windows for energy efficiency, becomes glaringly evident right when things are starting to heat up.

If your air conditioner has to run nonstop just to maintain a comfortably cool indoor temperature, you’ll notice an immediate difference in your utility bills as soon as you have new windows installed. Today’s energy-efficient replacement windows feature argon gas-filled panes that reduce heat transfer through the glass, so your AC unit won’t have to work overtime just to keep you cool. Windows with low-e coating further reduce solar transfer. You won’t feel the heat so much, even when you’re standing right next to a sunny window. The coatings also filter out the rays of the sun, helping to protect carpet, draperies, and upholstery from fading.

3. Savor the Seasons

When you replace outdated windows in the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy those soft autumn breezes just around the corner. Old windows, especially if they’ve been painted, can be difficult (or impossible) to open. Replacing yours now ensures that you’ll have new windows that will open and close smoothly on that first fresh, breezy fall day.

4. Silence the Harsh Sounds of Summer

When summer finally arrives and everyone heads outdoors, things get noisy. Kids’ games, yard maintenance, remodeling projects, barbecues—everything adds to the neighborhood noise level. While sounds like birdsong and children’s play can be pleasant and cheerful, the banging of hammers on the neighbor’s construction project and the roaring engine of the lawn mower down the block most decidedly are not. People don’t realize how much unwanted noise enters through old windows so they’re often pleasantly surprised by the remarkable noise reduction after the installation of new replacement windows.

5. Impact Protection

Summer brings everyone outdoors, and with this increase in outside activity comes an increase in the risk of broken and cracked windows. Surprisingly, though, neighborhood kids playing ball aren’t the leading cause of broken windows on houses. The number-one perp? High winds, common in many areas of the country as fall approaches, which break tree branches and turn sticks into projectiles. It’s not that the wind is blowing—it’s what the wind is blowing that poses a threat to windowpanes.