Secure Your Home and Windows for the winter

It starts with just one leaf catching your eye when you’re out walking the dog. In a few short weeks that leaf turns into piles crunching underfoot. Before you know it, you’ll be bundling up in your winter coat and everything will be covered with a blanket of snow.   Some animal parts of our brains can feel winter coming right from the first fallen leaf. It’s time to get ready. In winter, our houses become our whole world. Time spent now on making your burrow warm and secure will pay off through all those chilly winter evenings. 

Stock up on emergency supplies

Weather predictions are always anyone’s best guess. You’d be wise to expect the best and prepare for the worst. Stock up now, and you’ll be ready for everything from the lightest sprinkling of snow to the heaviest surprise dump.  So what do you need? You know there’s going to be a mad rush on milk and bread, but go a level deeper. Do you have the supplies to deal with a power outage? Where do you keep the candles, and when was the last time you checked those flashlight batteries? A hand-crank radio and a juiced-up phone recharging station could be a real lifesaver.   It’s smart to use this time of year to check out all of your snow removal equipment. Make sure everything is in proper working order. After all, there’s no running out to the store for a bag of salt and a shovel when your car is snowed in. Get ahead of the problem now. 

Keep Santa’s chimney clean

Pick up the phone and schedule a chimney cleaning. Seriously, go and do it right now. This is their busy season, and for good reason. Over time your chimney builds up layers of highly flammable creosote. There are over 25,000 chimney fires per year, with a corresponding cost of approximately $125 million in property damage.   A blocked flue or chimney can also lead to carbon monoxide in the home. Check the batteries on all of your carbon monoxide detectors, and while you‘re at it, check the smoke detectors as well.  If you have a non-working fireplace in your home, make sure that the flue is closed. You may also want to consider investing in a chimney balloon to prevent heat escape during the coldest months. 

Time for tree maintenance

Now that the trees have given up their leaves, take a good look at the branches. When the rain turns to snow and the snow turns to ice, those branches get mighty heavy. Are there branches that could cause damage if they fell? Have a tree service come out and give your trees a prune. They will look so much nicer once they are covered with Christmas lights.  When you take out the ladder to hang the lights, give another look to your gutters. You may have already done a leaf clean out earlier in the season, but double-check to make sure water flows out and away from the home. Ice buildup in the gutters and on the roof will start an expensive chain reaction of repairs. Give them one last inspection to be safe.

Get ready to get cozy

Getting cozy may mean throwing on a pair of wool socks or piling on an extra blanket at night. But eventually, you’ll be relying on your thermostat. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is a big job. Make sure that your home’s heating system has gotten the maintenance it needs, including changing out the filters periodically. It’s time to swap out your home's door and window screens. When you are installing your storm windows, take a look at the overall condition of your windows. If you have windows that frost up or fog, then you’ve got a window with a broken seal. Homes lose 25-30% of their energy usage through windows. That’s a lot of heat loss! The older your windows, the higher that percentage. A drafty home costs you comfort — not to mention potentially hundreds of dollars in utility bills. It’s time to stop taping plastic over drafty, single-pane windows in the winter. Upgrade to energy star-rated, energy efficient windows, and you’ll save tons of money on utility costs, not to mention enjoying your cozy and pleasant home all winter long. Give Window Nation a call to get a free window quote and upgrade your windows today.
As an Indianapolis homeowner, you may be wondering which type of bay window is right for your Indianapolis Home? Bay windows offer many benefits to Indianapolis homeowners by opening up your home with natural light (for those three months in the Indianapolis summers you can find it) while providing a practical space for you to use to create a window seat, garden ledge, or multi-use area. What many Hoosiers don’t realize is that there are several types of bay windows, not just one kind. Explore the different types of bay windows so you can pick the right kind of window to open up your Indianapolis home.

Different Types of Bay Windows

When you’re looking into bay windows in Indianapolis, here are the types of windows you’ll find.

Canted Bay Window

The canted bay window is the classic shape that most Indianapolis homeowners imagine when they think of a bay window. The front pane of the window is flat, parallel to the home exterior, and the sides slant out. Canted bay windows have at least three (and often four) individual windows. Canted bay windows are frequently found on Victorian homes, as building codes changed in the 1890’s so that windows no longer needed to be flush with the home exterior. But, with the classic styles of Indianapolis homes, you might just be the proud owner of these types of windows.

Bay Window Oriel

Oriel is related to the Latin word for porch, and once you know this you’ll always remember what sets a bay window oriel apart. These windows are typically found over the entrance to a building—basically where the porch would be, but they’re not connected to the ground. These windows lend a Gothic-style appeal, so they may be appropriate for a classic family-style Indianapolis home. Oriel bay windows are unique among other types of bay windows for almost always being on the second story. If you have a narrow, dark hallway on the second floor, a bay window oriel could open up the sense of space and add much-needed natural light. This is a nice place to put a reading nook by adding custom cushions to the interior of the bay window, and maybe a Hoosier sandwich to snack on while you’re bundled up.

Box Bay Window

Box-style bay windows are popular among homeowners who want to install a bay window but don’t want to mess about with the positioning of the walls. Box bay windows have a boxy shape: they look like three windowpanes with a small roof overhang. You’ll often see these windows in front of a sink, to let in some natural light while you’re cooking up a country-fried steak. When seen from the home exterior, box bay windows are flat. The effect is as if the home siding were bumped out to accommodate the bay window. However, these are flexible types of bay windows that can go just about anywhere in your home. Since you won’t need to move the walls, box bay windows are less expensive to install than larger bay windows.

Bow Bay Window

The name of this window suggests the shape. Bow bay windows have curves as gentle as the turns on the tracks of the Indy 500. Bow bay windows consist of four or more casement windows gently curved to create an arch shape. These tend to be larger than box-style bay windows, which means more space on the interior, and about as much natural light as you’ll find in the Garage Food Hall. You’ll also enjoy a more noticeable footprint from the home’s exterior. Bow bay windows are great for any purpose that you might use a linear bay window for, so you’ll have quite a few options for your Indianapolis home.

Get a Custom Bay Window

With any of these styles, custom bay windows can match the size of your existing windows or run floor to ceiling for a dramatic visual effect. Talk over your needs with our service team in our Indianapolis showroom to learn more about custom bay windows.