It’s more important than ever to be cost efficient and save money. The events of the past year have caused financial difficulties for many families, causing homeowners to look for new ways to save money. While some expenses may be out of your control, you can start saving money on your energy bill by making your home more energy efficient. Consider making small changes to your energy consumption to lower your energy bills. Simply unplugging electronics when not in use or replacing your lightbulbs with LED replacements could lower your energy costs. However, for a bigger impact, you might consider upgrading your appliances or your windows for significant savings.
Energy Efficient Windows from Window Nation
Replacement windows from Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low. We offer vinyl windows in a variety of styles and colors, so you won’t have to sacrifice curb appeal for energy efficiency. Each of our windows is available in double pane and triple pane glass, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency.
Double Pane Windows
Double pane windows have two panes of energy efficient glass to keep your home comfortable while keeping your energy bills low. Each pane of glass is coated with a Low-E glass coating, reflecting over 80% of the sun’s rays to keep your home from heating. These windows are a popular option for homeowners looking to lower their energy bills without breaking the bank. We recommend double pane windows for homeowners living in moderate climates, like Maryland or Philadelphia.
Triple Pane Windows
Triple pane windows have all the benefits of double pane windows, but with an additional pane of Low-E coated glass for maximum energy efficiency. Window Nation offers two options for those looking for triple pane windows, Ultra Triple Pane and Ultimate Triple Pane. Ultra Triple Pane Windows block nearly 90% of the sun’s UV rays, while Ultimate Triple Pane windows block almost 97%. These windows are best for homeowners living in more extreme climates, like Kansas City.
Each windowpane is glazed with a Low-E glass coating to reduce the amount of sunlight from entering your home, allowing your HVAC system to work smarter, not harder. We also insert Argon gas between each pane of glass to minimize heat transfer in and out of your home. The temperature of your windows will be close to the temperature of your home, making your home feel more comfortable while helping you save money on your energy bills.
Our replacement windows are also installed with an airtight seal to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable.
What Else Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills?
Replacement windows will help you save money you your energy bills; however, for a bigger impact, consider making additional changes to your home:
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Purchase Energy Star certified products, including appliances and electronics
- Turn off electronics, appliances, and lights when not in use
- Keep your home well insulated, particularly if you live in a colder climate like Boston
- Weatherize your home before the change of each season
- Avoid using your appliances in peak times, particularly in the summer
- Keep your thermostat lower in the cooler months and warmer in the hotter months
Simple changes could help you save big on your energy bills.
Need New Windows?
When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.
There’s no place like home for the holidays! After a challenging year, it’s more important than ever to get in the holiday spirit. Your celebrations might look different this year but try to make the holiday season feel as normal as possible by adding festive touches to your home. No matter what you celebrate, adding even a few small decorations will make your home feel cozy for a holiday season unlike any other. If you need some last-minute holiday décor inspiration, our home improvement experts are sharing their best tips for decorating your home in a pinch.
Place Candles in the Window
Putting festive candles in your windows is a simple, yet elegant way to decorate your home for the holidays. You can place candles in every window, or you can select a few windows in your living room or front-facing bedrooms. The candles will give your home a warm glow and a festive feel you’ll enjoy all season long.
Display Your Holiday Cards
You get stacks of holiday cards from friends and family every year. Why not display them in your home? Use clothespins to pin them to strips of ribbon and display them in your living room. Your guests will enjoy seeing their cards on display when they come to visit for holiday celebrations!
Clean up your yard by collecting pinecones to make festive holiday decorations! Pinecones are versatile and can be used to make everything from Christmas ornaments to centerpieces for your holiday parties. Paint them green to make a mini Christmas tree, or paint them gold for an elegant touch – the possibilities are endless! You can even turn them into a special keepsake by having your kids or grandkids make them when they’re off school for winter break.
Create an Ornament Centerpiece
If you have too many ornaments for your Christmas tree, consider using the leftover balls to create a festive and cost-efficient centerpiece. Place color coordinating ornaments (red and green or silver and gold are recommended) in a large bowl or vase to create an eye-catching decoration. Your home will look more festive in just five minutes or less!
Add Festive Lights
Sometimes classic decorations are the best decorations. While you might not have time to string holiday lights outside, consider adding a few strands throughout your home for a festive touch. Wrap them around your bannister or on your mantels to give your home a festive glow. If you’re feeling creative, you can even use them to outline the shape of a Christmas Tree right on your wall!
Spotlight Your Home
You don’t need to cover your home in thousands of twinkle lights like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for it to look festive. You can simply place a wreath on your front door or and use a spotlight to illuminate your home for all to see! Just be careful when using a spotlight: the light can be bright, and you’ll want to make sure it’s not shining directly into your home or a neighbor’s home.
Happy Holidays from Window Nation
Though our celebrations might look different this year, the holiday season is filled with joy and excitement. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to enjoy this time of year and spread the holiday cheer and love through your windows and out into the world.
When you are deciding to upgrade your home with replacement windows, there is a lot to consider. The various window styles available can be overwhelming to most consumers.
There are single, double, and triple-paned windows available.
Double and triple-paned windows feature two or three panes of glass, separated by a layer of gas. At Window Nation, we use non-toxic argon gas. When captured between panes, argon gas improves thermal insulation, which improves energy efficiency by slowing the transfer of heat through the window into your home or out of your home.
For a typical home, 40% of the annual energy budget goes toward heating and cooling costs, and replacing the windows in your home is a great way to keep more of that money in your pocket.
Window technologies have come a long way, and having windows that make a good seal is just as important as getting modern ENERGY STAR efficiency.
Since energy efficiency is such an important fact to consider when getting replacement windows, we are often asked, "How much better are triple pane windows than double pane windows at saving money on energy bills?" This is an important question to address. But there are a few other things to consider when deciding between double and triple-paned windows.
Here's what you need to know.
Double pane windows: BEST VALUE
If you break down the math, double pane windows are the best bang for the buck. This is why it is the number one window choice in the entire country. When you upgrade your current windows to double pane windows, you're going to notice the difference.
- If budget is a factor, it makes sense to go with double pane windows for the best deal upfront. A standard double pane window with argon gas is going to reflect 90% of the energy and only let 10% through. That means on a sunny day, 90% of the heat from the sun is going to stay outside, and only 10% is going to get in. On a cold winter day, 90% of the heat from your furnace is going to stay inside your home, and only 10% is going to leak out.
- Do you like natural light? When you have two panes of glass instead of three, you're going to have fewer coatings for the sun to get through. That means double-pane windows will allow more light into your home. It is a subtle difference, but one to consider.
Triple pane windows: MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT
If comfort is your biggest concern, triple pane windows will be the best option. Triple pane windows are within a degree or two of the wall temperatures at any given time.
- A typical triple pane window will reflect 97% of energy and only allow 3% to pass through. These are the optimal choice for energy efficiency; enable your heating and cooling systems to work smarter, not harder.
- Some of our customers are also looking for a reduction in noise. The extra pane of glass makes this window option the number one choice for keeping noise out. If you have noisy neighbors or live near a busy street, triple pane windows will make a significant difference.
- Triple pane glass will also provide extra security. The glass we use has the same technology used in windshield design and can withstand up to 30 swings from a baseball bat.
The good news is, no matter what, double pane or triple pane windows will have an immediate benefit on your energy bills.
If you're ready for a quality of life upgrade, reach out to us today and schedule a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate. We'll send a knowledgeable technician to your home to help you figure out what window options will work best for you.
Only you can decide what matters most to you. We can give you the vital information you need to make the best decision.
Winter is here and you just can’t seem to keep the cold drafts or condensation away. You’re thinking of weighing your options by using a window replacement company, but you start out by checking home improvement supply companies instead. Here are three hardware companies that can get the job done:
Did you know that Lowe’s has project specialists who can assist you with consultation? They go through the sale process much like us: schedule an online consultation, have a project specialist go over your options, and then time for install! One of the cons is a much shorter warranty--we offer a lifetime warranty at Window Nation while Lowe’s guarantees a 1-year minimum. Options are available for longer warranties, but they might cost you more.
79% of Home Depot customers recommend their window and installation services. It doesn’t beat our 97% customer satisfaction rate, but it’s a resource available if you’re still uncertain about a professional window installation company. In comparison to Lowe’s, they offer a lifetime craftmanship warranty and double-lifetime warranties on window hardware and screens. Worried about price? Home Depot offers their own consumer credit card and “The Home Depot Project Loan."
They stand by their “Satisfaction Guarantee” policy, which includes limited labor and product warranties and Sears also provide estimates over the phone. Virtual estimates can be convenient with a busy schedule, but sizing windows that you can’t physically see is tricky. At Window Nation, we rely on face to face estimates to provide the most window accurate measurements and suggestions for each customer. Sears will ask you to measure the windows and provide them with the estimate, but with us you just need an open ear to our recommendations.
Hardware stores are a fair option to replace your windows. However, if you want stronger warranty offers, less worry on measuring, and overall guaranteed window experts, Window Nation is here for you.
If you’re looking for an article on how to get the exact measurements for your new windows to achieve a perfect fit, you’ve come to the right place. But, you won’t find any detailed self-help information here, or a manufacturer’s “guide” to replacement window measuring. At Window Nation, we take the guess work out of measuring new windows–and we do it for free. How cool is that?
You don’t have to read a long do-it-yourself list of instructions, and you don’t have to wonder if you’ve done everything right. The best way to measure for replacement windows is to have a certified professional do it. And it is even better when that certified professional works for the company that is installing your windows. If any mistakes happen, you’re not going to be left eating the cost.
When you have a Window Nation technician do your measurements, you don’t have to know whether or not you have 2×4 or 2×6 studs. You don’t have to account for the materials your walls are made of, based on the age of the home. You don’t have to be familiar with what windows you currently have and how they differ from the windows you want to replace them with. You don’t have to know that accounting for the insulation in the trim of your new windows is vital in getting an accurate measurement. Your technician will worry about all the details.
It is also important to understand that we don’t send a salesperson to your home when you request a free in-home estimate. We send a technician with the experience needed to make sure you’re going to get the right window measurements for the new windows you’re getting. Our measure technicians average 80,000 windows measured. That is why 99.5% of the windows we install fit perfectly the first time!
You can also count on your Window Nation Measure Tech to measure down to 3 mm, ensuring a precise and tight seal. We don’t want you to lose any of the energy benefits of your new windows. Because, when you feel the difference your new window make to the internal comfort level of your home, you’re going to tell people about it. We’re counting on that.
We also want to make sure your new windows keep the moisture out. The last thing you need is to find out your walls have mold in them. It doesn’t matter if you did the measurements or we did the measurements when you find mold. You’re not going to be happy about it, and we are not in the business of making unhappy customers.
Through the years, we have installed a lot of windows, and we have learned a lot along the way. One of the most important things we’ve learned is that, no matter how much experience and education a technician has, mistakes can still happen. That is why we require our measure techs to measure each opening three times. They also follow an 18-point checklist, which includes a step-by-step review process to make sure we’ve done everything possible to make the replacement window installment a joy.
At the end of the day, what matters most to us is that we have met, or exceeded, your expectations. We want to know that you’re happy with your purchase and the service you’ve received. We want you to tell others about how impressed you were with how knowledgeable and friendly your technicians were. We want you to tell everyone how much you love your new windows. We want you to tell the world! Sure, it is a little selfish on our part. After all, your happiness helps our bottom line. But, this is a kind of selfishness we can live with.
So, put down that tape measure. Relax. We’ve got you covered. You can trust the experienced and knowledgeable technicians here at Window Nation to measure those replacement windows, and get you ready for your new replacement windows.
Call today for a free in-home estimate, and leave the rest to us.
There are extra costs to owning your own home. When things break down, you have to fix them. When the lawn needs to be mowed, you have to buy the gas for your lawn mower. If you want to enjoy beautiful annual flowers, you’re going to have to fork over the cash to plant them every spring. If you want to stay cozy warm through the winter, you are going to have to pay to heat your home. You don’t have a landlord to pay for any of these things. Is that why you’re here? Are you feeling the bite of that energy bill?
Are you noticing how much of your monthly income is going out the window–quite literally? Here are a few ways your home can cost you money and some ideas for keeping more of that money in your pocket, where it belongs.
If you have old, leaky, drafty windows, you might as well keep those windows wide open. All of that expensive heat you are generating inside your home is going right out those windows. However, it doesn’t have to. Replacing old windows with new double or triple pane windows with Low-E coatings is a cost effective way to upgrade the efficiency of your home. Find out about our energy efficient windows ->
There are many ways your home can “leak” precious warm (and cold) air. It is vital to do an inspection of your exterior walls and seal any holes or gaps you find. Make sure you look closely around window and door frames, or places where pipes and electrical wires (or other items) pass through your exterior walls.
If you have forced-air heating or cooling ducts in your home, be sure to make certain that these are properly sealed. The EPA asserts that a fifth of the air that flows through ductwork often leaks out. This can cost you money.
The siding on your home is like a nice, warm blanket. Like a warm blanket, siding is great for keeping heat in your home. Siding has insulation that works to resist heat transfer. If it is warm inside, the warmth is going to stay longer. If it is hot outside, that heat is going to stay out longer. Upgrading the siding on your home is one of the best ways to lower your energy bills. It is also a great way to give your home a face lift and get excited about it again.
All doors lose heat, but sliding glass doors are especially good at it. Not only can heat escape through old weather stripping and seals, it will also be going right through the glass. While you’ll benefit from replacing any of the doors in your home, replacing old sliding glass doors with doors that take advantage of new heat resistant technology is really going to make a difference.
REPLACE OUT-OF-DATE APPLIANCES
Old heating units and air conditioners can cost you an arm and a leg without you ever realizing it. New infrared heaters are far more energy efficient than those old, coiled heaters. There has been quite a bit of enhancement in air conditioner technology. If your air conditioning unit is older than ten years old, it is definitely time to upgrade it.
Give your home the cool and hot air when it needs it. If you have a programmable thermostat installed in your home, you’re sure to notice a reduction on your energy bills in only a couple of months.
IS IT TIME TO UPGRADE?
While we may not be able to help you with all of the ways you can make your home more energy efficient, we can get you on track with the most advanced door, window, and siding options available. At Window Nation, we have an incredible selection to help you meet your budget and get the most bang for your buck. We can also make sure these products are installed properly to take advantage of their incredible Energy Star efficiency. Reach out to one of our online representatives and let’s set up a free, in-home estimate for you. What do you have to lose–except more money out of the window?
There was a time when people had to know a wide variety of skills. But, when they started to gather together into societies, they began to develop specific skills in order to contribute to the whole. The people who worked in blacksmithing didn’t have to know how to create textiles, and the people who designed buildings didn’t have to know how to manage a farm. Everyone learned to contribute in their own way. It has been like this for centuries, without change. Another thing that hasn’t changed is how important it is to hire someone with experience. You may not have to know how to install windows to get along in this society, but when you have someone else do it for you, it is important to make sure they know what they’re doing. Otherwise, you could get water damage, mold, or heat loss.
Anyone can say they are a professional window installer. All you need to do to have the title of professional is to prove that what you do is your primary job. At Window Nation, we don’t think that is enough. Our focus is customer satisfaction, and we know that you’re not going to be satisfied with leaky windows. That is why we make sure our teams have the experience to get the job done right? How do we do this?
Our crews have a specialized skill set. They install windows, and nothing else. This focus fosters an environment of excellence and expertise.
Our crews have over 16 years of window installation experience. That is a lot of hours put into one discipline, and you reap the benefits. You know that details aren’t going to get missed. You know your windows will be tight and level. And, you know they’ll be put in fast.
The industry is constantly advancing, and our technicians know that they need to train to be on the cutting edge. That is why training isn’t something they do on the side. It is a part of their job. Last year they received an average of 23 hours of training, specifically in window installation.
We live in a society where you don’t have to install your own windows. You do what you do, and you pay to have someone take care of this job for you. But that doesn’t mean you should get just anybody to do it. When you need new windows, hire someone who has the experience to do it right.
At Window Nation, we know windows. We manufacture windows. We install windows. And we foster an environment of excellence that ensures an experienced installation every time. Talk to one of our online agents today and learn more.
You realize that you just can’t go through another winter with those drafty, old windows. You understand that most of your heat is seeping through the cracks in the casings and that old, worn-out framework surely does make your home seem drab; yes, you understand all of that. The thing you don’t understand is where to begin. I mean, just the thought of replacing all those windows makes your head spin. Which style, which panes, gas filled or not, wooden or vinyl…the decisions are mind boggling. With so much to consider and so much at stake, it is no wonder that you are more than overwhelmed. I mean, it’s not like you can just change your mind about the style once the new hole has been cut and they are already installed, right? No, it is far easier to just pay the added cost of heat and put on a sweater or six to keep warm this winter - Which may be true if you are turning to anyone other than Window Nation for your replacement window needs.
The replacement window specialists here at Window Nation know just how to help relieve all of that stress and anxiety. We can quickly assess your home with our free in-home estimate and help you figure out exactly what needs to be done. Based on location, direction, age, and other details of your home and its location, we can quickly help you choose the best glass and material options. We can even help you with your style choices. When new replacement windows are in your future, don’t stress; call the experts here at Window Nation instead.
We will walk you through the whole process step-by-step and will ensure that you are completely satisfied with the expert installation of those new windows. We can even offer affordable financing options if needed. After all, windows are what we do. And if you are looking for new doors or siding for your home, we do that too. For quality products and exceptional service visit the Window Nation showroom nearest you.
Summer is gone, fall has begun, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. Stress is normal, but we need to know how to limit it and keep it at a manageable level. How can we do that with the holidays upon us and the stress already beginning to build?
Are you going somewhere for Thanksgiving and feeling overwhelmed by the plans you have to make to get there. You will need to schedule your time off with your boss, figure out how you will get there, and decide where you will be staying. You need to choose which clothes you will need to bring, how much you are going to pack, and what personal items to tuck in your suitcase. Maybe you are flying and that makes you anxious or perhaps there will be family and friends there that you are not comfortable with, or just like to avoid. Are you thinking about the long lines and delays at airports? Here are some tips to make it less stressful for you, so you can enjoy the holidays.
You should always plan on arriving early for every step of your trip. This way if the unexpected happens, you still can arrive on time and not feel hurried. You never know when you will have delays, traffic jams, lost luggage, or mishaps. Know when to travel. Consider when the traffic will be lighter or choose days that are not as busy (and not as expensive) for airlines. Also, be sure to know baggage requirements beforehand. Pack some snacks and beverages for those times there are no rest areas in sight and make sure to follow airline regulations regarding snacks while flying. Return home a day early, before you have to get back to the regular grind of work or school. Take that extra day to unpack and re-adjust after traveling. You will be glad you did. Also, don’t try to do too much in a short period of time. Schedule your holiday vacation allowing plenty of time to enjoy it.
Are you hosting a Thanksgiving dinner and feeling the pressure of all the plans you have to make? You might be thinking of whom you should invite, who will actually be coming, where your guests will be staying. Then the menu needs to be planned, food has to be purchased, your home has to be cleaned and decorated…the list is endless. Can you do it? Yes, you can! Plan early and take it step by step to make it a special celebration with the ones you love.
Here are 10 tips on how to reduce Thanksgiving stress if you are hosting:
Make a list of the guests you have invited, and then add an extra 2-3 to that number.
Find out if anyone has a special dish they would like to bring.
Ask people to help; delegate jobs to them.
Ask guests if there are any dietary restrictions or other accommodations needed.
Plan a menu; be sure to include all courses.
Be sure you have all the recipes you will need.
Write a thorough grocery list.
Write a list of other things you will need like decorations and paper goods.
Plan out the days that you will shop, cook and clean ahead of time.
Write down when certain foods need to be cooked etc…to keep you on schedule.
Take your time to savor and enjoy the fellowship with family and friends. When Thanksgiving comes, you will be glad that you planned ahead to make it a special time for all of your guests. You can sit back once everyone has left and feel thankful for all you have: your friends and family, that beautiful home to experience the joy of Thanksgiving in, and the security, comfort, and beauty that came with those windows and doors from Window Nation, your replacement window specialists. Happy Holidays to you indeed.
At Window Nation, we take great pride in the fact that we produce windows that have durable frames that help the windows we install pass the test of time; but since a window is 87% glass, strong, durable frames are only the beginning.
There is a science to getting the right windows for a home, and this is a science we have worked tirelessly to perfect. Since we were recently rated number 6 in the country for window replacements–an impressive achievement for a 10-year-old company–we like to think that maybe we’re doing something right. Here are some of the ways we balance cost with quality and give our customers the most bang for their buck.
- Not every home needs the same glass options. We work with our customers to find the right fit for their specific needs.
- Homes that are in basic climates will benefit from having double pane windows. Triple pane windows are best for extreme climates. But triple pane windows cost a little more. Our team will work to determine the right combination of triple and double pane windows that will give you the most efficiency for your budget.
- If security is an issue for you, we may suggest laminated glass. Laminated glass costs a little more, but it offers greater security and peace of mind. This glass option deters intrusion and reduces exterior noise while offering excellent energy efficiency at the same time.
- The number of glass panes and whether or not the glass is laminated aren’t the only options that affect energy efficiency. Glass coating is also important. Have you heard of low-E coatings? Low-E stands for: low emissivity. When a window has a metallic coating, it reflects heat. The more precious the metal, the more effective it is at resisting heat. Many of our competitors use tin, but at Window Nation we use silver to strike the perfect balance between cost and effectiveness.
- It also matters what gas you have between your window panes. At Window Nation, we offer Argon and Krypton gas options. These gases are denser than air and help to reduce convection. That means heat will have a harder time passing through.
- The material your spacers are made out of will also play a part in the energy efficiency of your new windows. Most companies use aluminum or steel spacers, but these materials are conductive. At Window Nation, we use a non-conductive material to achieve better energy efficiency. Not only will this material do a better job of stopping the transfer of heat, but it also helps to retain the gases longer, and it doesn’t sweat like metal, so it will not rust.
So, it matters what glass you have in your windows. Trust Window Nation to steer you toward the best options for your home at a price that will better fit your budget.