Energy bills aren’t cheap, and extreme summer temperatures aren’t helping to lower the cost. Your old, drafty windows and doors are letting the comfortable air inside your home out. Your outdated appliances are working harder than usual, using excessive amounts of electricity to operate. Why continue to waste money on your energy bills month after month? Consider making upgrades to your home to boost its energy efficiency. Small changes, like unplugging electronics when they’re not being used or installing a programmable thermostat, can go a long way to help you reduce your energy bills. For maximum energy savings, we recommend replacing your windows and upgrading your appliances to boost your home’s energy efficiency for years to come.
Old, outdated windows are among the biggest culprits for energy loss in your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 40% of residential heating and cooling costs can be attributed to your windows. Save money by upgrading your windows to modern replacement windows from Window Nation. Our windows are equipped with premium energy efficiency features to help you save money on your energy bills no matter the season. Choose between wood and vinyl windows in a variety of style and color options to give your home a curb appeal boost while improving your home’s energy efficiency. All Window Nation windows are available in double pane and triple pane options, allowing you to choose between windows with the most value or the most energy savings for your home.
Upgrade Your Appliances
Sure, your old appliances may still work fine, but does that mean they’re the best appliances for your home? Your kitchen appliances and electronics are some of the biggest energy consumers in your home, and their usage only increases in the hot summer months. Start saving money on your energy bills by replacing your old, outdated devices with modern upgrades. Unlike their predecessors, most modern appliances come equipped with premium energy efficiency features, reducing the amount of energy required to operate. Be sure to purchase appliances that are Energy Star certified, guaranteeing energy savings for years to come.
Your entry doors are constantly opening and closing, letting the uncomfortable air from outside in. What you might not notice? Your doors may have drafts or poor insulation, wasting more electricity than you think. Consider replacing your doors with replacement fiberglass or steel entry doors from Window Nation. Our doors are built to the highest quality and energy efficiency standards, guaranteeing energy savings for the entire time you live in your home. Entry doors from Window Nation come standard with a polyurethane foam core that offers five times the energy efficiency of a standard wood door. In addition, you won’t have to worry about poor insulation thanks to our Tru-Defense Door System providing an unsurpassed seal between the door and its frame.
Watch Your Energy Use
It’s one thing to upgrade your appliances to lower your energy bills, it’s another to be sure they’re being used efficiently to continue to save money on your energy bills. Be sure to unplug electronics and appliances when they’re not being used. Toasters, coffee makers and lamps are easy to plug-in and forget when they’re not being used. Make an effort to unplug your devices when not in use to save money and electricity. If you have something that you often forget to turn off, consider finding a way to automate it. Many companies offer apps to help you control your electronics when you’re away from your home.
Give Your Home an Energy Efficiency Boost with Replacement Windows
Don’t waste your money with old, drafty windows. Replacement windows from Window Nation will save you money on your energy bills while keeping your home comfortable year-round. Once you’re ready to start your window replacement project, contact Window Nation. Our team of exterior design consultants will meet with you to discuss your project, giving you a quote good for up to six months. We also offer Energy Star certified siding and doors to give your home the energy efficiency boost it needs. Schedule your in-home estimate today!
You hear it all the time: “Replacement windows will save you money on your energy bills!” “Replacement windows will make your home more energy efficient!” – but how exactly do they help? If you have old, outdated windows, you may not realize how much energy (and money) you’re wasting because of your windows. Most old windows lack the premium energy efficiency features modern replacement windows have, causing your energy bills to skyrocket. Replacement windows from Window Nation come standard with top-of-the-line features to boost your home’s energy efficiency.
Energy Efficient Glass
If your windows are original to your home, you most likely have builder-grade single pane windows. Single pane windows have just one pane of glass, offering little to no insulation from the air outside. Replacement windows from Window Nation are available in a variety of glass options, giving your home the energy efficiency boost it needs.
If you’re looking to boost your home’s energy efficiency on a budget, consider replacing your windows with double pane glass. These windows have two panes of Low-E coated glass, offering premium energy efficiency at a wallet-friendly price. Double pane windows will block up to 80% of UV rays from entering your home, keeping your home comfortable while protecting your furniture and flooring from fading.
For maximum energy efficiency, we recommend replacing your windows with triple pane glass. Triple pane windows have three panes of energy efficient glass, keeping your home comfortable and well-insulated. These windows block 90% of UV rays from entering your home, keeping your home protected from sun damage. Triple pane windows are available in two options – Ultra and Ultimate – so you can choose the best fit for your home. If you’re looking for maximum energy efficiency, we recommend choosing Ultimate triple pane glass, offering the same benefits as Ultra triple pane glass but with additional protection from the sun’s UV rays.
No matter the window glass you choose, you can feel comfortable knowing you’ll be saving money on your energy bills year-round.
Low-E Glass Coating
Window glass is one of the most important parts of your replacement windows. Replacement windows from Window Nation have low-emissivity glass, also called Low-E glass, to keep your home feeling comfortable no matter the season. Low-E glass prevents damaging UV rays from passing through your windowpanes by reflecting sunlight and heat off your windows. This glass works to keep your home cool in the summer, reducing the strain on your air conditioner.
Low-E glass is coated with silver oxide, a cost-effective option that offers superior reflection capabilities. Together with the gas between your windowpanes, Low-E glass and silver oxide keep your windows well-insulated. Replacement windows from Window Nation have Argon gas between the panes to improve your window’s insulation, minimizing the transfer of heat through your windows. This gas helps keep the temperature of your window closer to the temperature in your room.
Window spacers play a critical role in keeping your home comfortable. Spacers separate the glass panes, playing an important role in determining how much heat or cold can pass through the windowpanes. Replacement windows from Window Nation use top-of-the-line Super Spacer technology, reducing the rate of heat loss through your windows. A rule of thumb when you shop for replacement windows: the lower the rate of heat loss, also known as the U Value, the greater the energy efficiency of the window.
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.
Winter is the time of year that most homeowners dread if they deal with drafty windows. One popular DIY solution is shrink wrapping your windows with plastic. You can purchase these kits at your local hardware stores, and there are plenty of 'how-to' videos online to show you where to begin.
Plastic wrap is a great solution to save money when you have drafty windows. Plastic does an excellent job of keeping the heat from escaping if it stays intact. But the problem is, it doesn't always remain intact. So, either you're losing money out your windows without realizing it, or you must rip all that plastic wrap down and put up another sheet.
While wrapping your windows in plastic is relatively easy and inexpensive, it's not without some challenges.
It's a lengthy process.
Be ready to spend a fair amount of time on this DIY project. If you put shrink wrap up on more than one window, it is a chore. We recommend making it a two-person job. That double-sided tape does not like to cooperate. It can be a real pain trying to get around a window frame, especially if you have dust on your frame. Then, if you have only two arms, like most of us, getting that plastic wrap up takes some real finesse.
All this aside, the biggest issue with window plastic is what happens after it's up.
If you have animals or children, that chances of the plastic wrap staying firmly in place are unlikely. All it takes is one good game of hide and go seek to turn your hard work into something that is going to require a lot harder work. And, you can't patch a single whole in plastic wrap like you can with window screens.
And, let's not forget that plastic is not exactly environmentally friendly or, in many cases, safe when heated.
Fortunately, there is something that works better than plastic. Why not replace those old, drafty windows?
Window technology has come a long way.
Not only do modern windows do a better job of preventing heat loss, but they are also built to last longer, especially when you get them from Window Nation. The windows we install are manufactured right here. And, when we build windows, we guarantee them to last longer than a lifetime.
Say goodbye to viewing the world through shrink wrap. Replacing your old windows with double-hung or casement windows is an investment that pays off in many ways.
Reach out to Window Nation today and start this year with a new outlook. Enjoy a year-round view out of your windows without plastic!
As 2016 becomes one for the history books, many of us will look up from our busy life in complete surprise. It’s over already? How did that happen? It is amazing how quickly a year can go leaving so many things unfinished. We get so bogged down in what needs to be done with work and family life that one year can quickly fade into the next without us accomplishing anything on our own personal “to do” list that we always seem to make at the beginning of a new year.
But, 2017 is a brand-new year! Forget about what you meant to do in 2016 and start making 2017 the best year yet. This can be the year that you finally can accomplish all of the things that you thought you would. Maybe this is the year that second honeymoon cruising the Caribbean happens. Perhaps that last 10 pounds will finally be a thing of the past. 2017 could be the year that you go back to school, or take up pottery.
Perhaps the goal is to give your home a much-needed makeover or even to just make it more energy efficient. While you are busy picking out new paint and comparing prices of rolled insulation versus sprayed insulation don’t forget to take a hard look at your windows. 2017 is a great year to finally replace those drafty windows and make your home a cozier spot to be in the winter and a great place to cool down in the summer. The Window Nation design team is standing by to help you find the windows that will make your home the showpiece it was always meant to be.
Windows Nation might not be able to help you with all of your resolutions but we are ready to help you work toward a brand-new look for your home as well as save you money on your energy bills this year. With our free in-home estimate, you can start the new year off right and finally finish one thing on your list right off the bat. Whatever 2017 brings your way, your friends at Window Nation want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.
Older windows can mean a cold drafty home during the winter months. Many people don’t notice just how bad their windows are until the cold winter weather hits; but when you finally notice just how drafty your home’s windows are, you probably think – “well too late now, I’ll just have to wait to the weather warms to replace them”. Then the warm weather comes back around and it is forgotten about until the cold weather once again invades your home. The professionals at Window Nation are here to tell you, don’t wait, act now, it is just a myth that windows can’t be replaced in the winter. At Window Nation our window installers have extensive training and can replace windows in any weather, including the cold weather of winter!
The experts are Window Nation install and replace windows in the cold weather in order to make sure that your family is comfortable no matter what the weather is outside. We take into account the outside conditions when installing replacement windows and make sure that the materials we use to install windows can be used in extreme weather including rain, snow, and cold temperatures.
Many people are also concerned that replacing windows during the winter means that their home will be drafty and very cold. But, let us assure you that this is not the case. Our windows are custom designed to fit the specific opening found in your home, meaning the process is fairly simple and fast – the old window is taken out and the new window slides into the opening. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! When installing windows in cold weather Window Nation will replace one window at a time to reduce heat loss so there will be only a very small “window” of time when there is an open space in your home, and it is nothing that can’t be solved by closing the door of the room that our installers are working in.
If windows in your home are old and drafty don’t delay any longer, there are many benefits of installing energy efficient replacement windows. New windows keep the warm air inside of your home during the winter months and the cold air in during the summer months, helping to keep the temperature of your home consistent and you and your family comfortable. New replacement windows end up saving you money in the long run by reducing the amount of money you spend on heating and cooling costs, they also help to reduce the amount natural resources that you use to heat and cool your home. Also, energy efficient replacement windows are strong, hold up very well over time, and help to protect your home and family in the event of a severe storm.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation, in-home, estimate! Don’t wait another day, the window installation pros at Window Nation are ready and able to replace the windows of any home in any weather!
With more than 40% of a typical home’s annual energy budget consumed by heating and cooling, the quality of your windows can affect how much you spend keeping your home warm in the winter or keeping it cool in the summer. Higher quality windows have a higher R-value, which indicates the resistance of heat flow through the glass. If you line up several windows of identical size and color at your local home improvement store, you probably couldn’t tell by looking at them which ones would offer better energy efficiency – which is why you need to understand the R-value.
It may be possible to get decent big box windows, but it’s always a good idea to work with an expert replacement window contractor who can provide explanations about each of the windows you are considering. Big box stores don’t typically hire experts who can assist you in the decision-making process, but they will definitely help you fill your cart and make the purchase!
Benefits of Windows With High R-Value
There are many benefits to buying higher quality windows with higher R-value, and all translate to keeping more money in your pocket.
- Use less energy to heat your home due to less heat loss
- Reduced solar heat coming through windows in the summer, making it easier to keep your home cool
- Improved ability to keep temperature uniform throughout all rooms of your home
Another benefit of working with window experts such as Window Nation is the professional installation service you will receive with your replacement window purchase. When you buy windows from a home improvement store, you’ll be installing them yourself. Even if you are generally handy, you simply can’t match the expertise of professional window installers who install windows all day, every day. Along with professional installation, your product and install is backed by a guarantee, so should anything go wrong after the windows are in place – you have someone to call for help. Ever try calling your local home improvement store after you’ve bought something for your home for help? The results are usually not so good!
Window Nation provides free in-home estimates, a variety of window styles and colors to choose from, and a life time warranty on their locally made windows. Buying replacement windows from a big box store might save you some money up front, but the higher quality windows from Window Nation will pay for themselves in a few years. Not to mention the professional installation and life time warranty. Ready to learn more? Give Window Nation a call for your free estimate and find out which windows are best for your home.
Let's try an experiment. Go to your bank. Withdraw about $850 in $5 denominations. Then, take that money back to your home, open up the window, and throw it outside. It is best to do this on a windy day, so it is extremely difficult to run outside in a panic and try to collect the money once you've thrown it out. If you were to do this experiment, you would immediately realize how unsatisfying it is to throw money out your windows. Yet we do it all the time. The problem is that we aren't able to see the money going out our windows. This is because it goes out in the form of lost heat.
The equation is simple: lost heat equals higher energy bills. But, while the equation is simple, the amounts can vary greatly depending on many factors. We all know that heat loss costs us money. What we don't know is how much money it is costing us. Here are a few things to consider:
If you have ever put your hand up to your windows in the winter and felt cold air, it is time to get replacement windows.
If you have windows that are broken, there is no way those windows are keeping all your expensive heat inside your home.
If you know that your windows are over 15 years old, you could benefit greatly from the energy efficiency of modern windows.
If your windows are ready for a replacement, the next logical question to ask is, "Is it too late to get energy efficient windows installed?" The answer is, "It is never too late to get energy efficient windows installed." In fact, now is the best time to get new windows installed. If you wait till the middle of winter, you'll have half a winter of lost heat and higher energy bills.
If you've had enough of throwing money out your windows, Window Nation has a solution. All of the windows we sell have modern technology that keeps heat in, and the cold out. Technology like krypton gas insulated air, double and triple pane glass, 100% polymer structural foam spacers, and Low-E coated glass. Learn more about our energy efficient window options ->
Don't throw money out your windows. It's no fun at all. We have an idea that is a whole lot more fun. Reach out to us today and let's start dreaming of what your home will look like with new windows and new technologies that will save you money on your energy bills, and breath life into the beauty of your home. Now is the perfect time to get energy-efficient windows installed. Don't wait for the cold to come. Make this winter the winter you start putting more money in your pocket and less money out your windows.
Holiday shopping! Doesn’t that phrase just send a shiver down your spine? You probably haven’t even begun to think about the holidays. You most likely haven’t even begun to make your shopping list, either. After all, you have plenty of time, right? I mean it’s practically still summer, isn’t it? You don’t need to add holiday shopping to your long list of important things to do this very minute, do you? No, after all, you have 70ish days until Thanksgiving; and, let’s see, about 100 shopping days left until Christmas. That’s plenty of….What? 100 days! Why that’s only 14 weeks! Ugh, you’re right! Holiday shopping just got moved to the top of the list, or at least somewhere near the top.
Yeah, it can seem as if those 100 shopping days is an eternity, but it really does go by so fast. Plus, when you take the time to think about holiday shopping in September, you avoid the last minute hustle and bustle and the crowds that come in late November and early December; and there are plenty of great deals to be had in September as stores begin to turn over their inventories in preparation for winter. Not only can you get wonderful deals on the outgoing summer and back-to-school items, but you can also get deals on last year’s holdovers that merchants have stored away during spring and summer but hope to be rid of before this winter’s apparel and wares arrive.
Even if you are not quite ready to bite the bullet and actually begin that annual ritual we call ‘holiday shopping’, it is a great idea to begin to put your list together. Perhaps you can call your daughter and make a note of this year’s clothing and shoe sizes for your grandchildren. They really do grow so fast, and those things are always needed and are very helpful gifts. While you’re at it, make a note of any special gift that she mentions that the kids are hoping to unwrap this year – especially if it is a ‘highly sought after’ treasure. You know from experience that those ‘hot ticket items’ are impossible to find during the official ‘holiday shopping season’ but they can be easily located in September – especially when purchased online.
If you want a stress-free holiday shopping experience this year, now is definitely the time to begin to at least ‘think’ about your shopping list; and if during all your thinking and planning you realize that new windows are on the list to surprise your wife and save on your high energy costs, give us a call. Here at Window Nation, we have all the styles and the latest technology to make your window upgrade flawless while driving down those energy costs. Our highly acclaimed products and impeccable service reputation will help you to know that you have made the right choice to partner with Window Nation for your renovation projects. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help you with all of the details and to help you effortlessly complete that project so that you can be sipping coffee and looking out over that winter landscape in plenty of time for the holidays.
Go ahead! Dare to get that holiday shopping done early this year; then sit back and relax and enjoy those new windows while everyone else is out there fighting the crowds desperately seeking that ‘must have’ toy.
How much is a penny worth? There was a time when a penny stretched a whole lot further. In the early 1900s, you could get a few eggs for a single penny, or buy some produce at the market. In the 40s, you could get a bag of popcorn or lemon flavored shaved ice. Even in the 70s, a penny still had some worth. Stores had shelves dedicated to penny candy that could be purchased individually or selected and put into a brown paper bag. How sweet is that?
Today, a penny isn't worth a whole lot by itself. It has even become a hassle to put them in a jar, wrap them, and bring them to the bank. Fortunately, more and more stores are installing a machine that will take your coins and give you something in return. If you have kids, this is a great way to give them some meaningful work to earn a few dollars.
In light of how much a penny is worth in today's economy, it may not excite you to know that you can save pennies on your heat bill by replacing your windows with energy efficient windows, but consider these three points.
Pennies still add up. While we can't tell you how much you'll save on heating your home in the winter and cooling it in the summer, we can tell you that it adds up. For some of our customers, it made a big difference. In fact, one of the things we hear quite often is how our customers feel a positive difference in rooms that were too cold or too hot, even before the installers leave.
You don't have to wrap those pennies. If you save hundreds of dollars in pennies this year because you swapped out your old, drafty windows, that is money in the bank. You don't have to do anything, except enjoy the savings.
Pennies don't always stay pennies. Right now we are enjoying a break from high oil prices. But as you know, they can go back up at any time. That means those pennies you're losing when you heat your house, could turn into nickels or dimes.
Replacement windows from Window Nation are built to last, and they come with energy efficient technologies that will help you keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs, in your pocket. If you're looking for an investment that will pay for itself, you don't need to look any further than replacement windows. Plus, you'll get all the other benefits that come with having new windows installed.
Don't let the energy companies nickel and dime you to death. Get new replacement windows from Window Nation and start enjoying the savings. It just makes cents.
The care and upkeep of a home is an ongoing process. Improvements need to be made from time to time as things deteriorate or wear out. One of the greatest improvements you can make on your home is replacing the windows throughout the house. There are times that the need for new windows is very obvious. In other situations, the windows may still look new and modern but lack efficiency and should be replaced.
While there are many good contractors, there are also those who cut corners with both installation and choices of product. Cheap windows are exactly that…poor quality and very inefficient. Remember, they may look new but still lack the energy efficiency needed.
Many great things begin with no more than a dream. At an early age, Harley and Aaron Magden knew that their calling was to specialize in home improvement. They realized that everyone has the right to make choices. They knew that, to earn someone’s business, you would have to prove that you deserved that opportunity. Years later, Window Nation still seeks to guide each homeowner through every step of home improvements.
Window Nation is the leading choice for replacement windows and stands ready to help you with the proper choices of vinyl windows to suit your needs and stay within your budget. There are many choices of windows from popular double hung windows to sliders, bow windows, and even specialty shaped windows. The style and appearance, though an important consideration, is just one choice to make. The glass choices are many. More than 40% of the annual energy budget is consumed by heating and cooling. Again, there are many choices of glass from double pane extreme Low-E glass to ultimate triple pane glass. You can also consider Solarban 70XL to protect your home furnishings by blocking 99.97% of all harmful ultraviolet light. Your Window Nation professional will guide you through each option.
Regardless of the quality of product, proper installation is of utmost importance. Each Window Nation team has a factory trained installation master’s certified installer. The installer will do a complete walk-through, explaining the entire process while determining if there are any specific needs or requirements. Window Nation doesn’t just want to sell replacement windows; the goal is to provide a stress-free installation experience as well. Upon completion of the replacement process, a final walk-through will be done with the homeowner to ensure 100% satisfaction. The entire site will be thoroughly cleaned and every question will be answered. The first and most important step toward stress-free replacement windows is to contact Window Nation!