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.

Do you know that there is money hidden inside your home? We’re not talking about the change that might be under the cushions on your couch. We’re talking serious money. The kind of money you would save for a new car or a pool for the backyard. But every month, that money evaporates into thin air, almost literally. It leaves your home hidden inside your energy bills. It might be the extra cost you paid out for oil you didn’t need to burn. It may be electricity that was used for something you didn’t even know it was being used for. Here are 4 things you can change in your home that will put real money back into your pocket.

Window or Door Replacement

Since we are one of the largest window and door replacement companies in the U.S., we know a lot about how these items can put a heavy cost on homeowners. We’ve looked at all of the research. We’ve studied all of the studies. When it comes to reducing energy costs, window and door replacements are on top of the list. So, it only made sense to make them top on our list.

It costs money to heat your home. The more heat you can keep inside, the less you’re going to spend out each month on heating costs. If you have old windows, you’re losing money. Older window technologies don’t have the energy efficiency of modern windows. All you have to do is hold your hand up to your windows on a cold January day to see how effective they are at keeping the cold out.

The same is true for doors. When you get new doors that take advantage of new technologies, not only will you be getting a beautiful new door to look at, you’ll reduce your heating bills.

Upgrade Your Appliances

Upgrading your windows and doors isn’t the only way you can save money with new technology. If you have appliances that are more than 8 years old, you’re losing money. Plain and simple. When you replace an old air conditioner or dishwasher, you’re going to see the difference.

Regulate Your Electricity

There are many devices you can install inside your home that will regulate electrical items that get left on, or that only need to be used at certain times. If you have something you “forget” to turn off frequently, look into ways to automate it.

Overheating Water

Do you have a water heater? Have you checked to see what temperature it is set on? If your water heater is working overtime to heat the water in your tank, it isn’t doing you any good. In fact, it is costing you money. By setting your heater to 120 degrees, you’ll still get nice, warm water, without paying through the nose for lost energy.

There are hundreds of ways to reduce how much energy you use. If you make upgrades one at a time, it won’t be long until you’re enjoying a warmer, cozier house, and much more manageable energy bills.

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

Expert Installation

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.

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.

Do you go to the hardware store every fall to buy window shrink kits? If you have drafty windows, there is a good chance you do. And, if you do, there is also a good chance that you deal with all of the problems that come along with putting shrink wrap over windows.

First of all, if you put shrink wrap up on more than one window, it is a chore. That double sided tape does not like to cooperate. It can be a real pain trying to get is all the way 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. But, all this aside; the biggest issue with window plastic is what happens after it’s up.

If you have cats–you know, those animals with sharp claws–that plastic wrap may not keep its airtight seal for very long. Cats and other animals are notorious for putting holes in plastic.

You know who else is notorious for putting holes in plastic? Kids. 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 more hard work.

Plastic wrap is a great solution to save money when you have drafty windows. Plastic does a good job of keeping the heat from escaping, as long as it stays intact. But, the problem is, it doesn’t always stay intact. So, either you’re losing money out your windows without realizing it, or you have to rip all that plastic wrap down and put up another sheet.

Fortunately, there is something that works better than plastic. Why not replace those old, drafty windows with new windows?

You would be amazed at how far window technology has come. Not only do modern windows do a better job of preventing heat loss, they are also built to last longer, especially when you get them from Window Nation. Most of 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 window shrink kits. Start living a life where your heating bill isn’t affected by whether or not you have kids, or pets. Start living a life that allows you to open your windows anytime you like, even in the dead of winter. Start living a life where you don’t have to decide whether to shrink wrap the windows with the shades up or down. You can put you shade up and down whenever you like.

If that sounds like the kind of life you’d like to have. Reach out to us today and let’s start you on your way to brand new, energy-efficient windows for your home.

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!

Have you ever experienced smog? It isn’t pleasant, is it? But, for many people, it is just part of living in the city. On some days, it is even necessary for news agencies to put out a smog alert. At a moderate level of 51-100, people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution are advised to consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. At a high level of 101-150, it is suggested the people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should cut back or reschedule strenuous activities. Does this sound like a good thing? We don’t think so. Carbon footprint aside, CO2 emissions from automobiles are a serious problem in the United States. Here’s a little factoid for you. If each of the 70 million windows–in 3.5 million households–were to install ENERGY STAR qualified windows instead of non-qualified windows, the total annual savings would be 73.5 million therms per year and 1.36 kWh/year, or 3 billion pounds of CO2. The lifetime savings would be an amazing 60 billion pounds of CO2. That is equivalent to removing more than 5.2 million cars from the road for one year. Selling ENERGY STAR qualified windows is just one way the team here at Window Nation works to safeguard our environment and protect our world.

Have you ever been in a power outage? In some areas of the country power outages aren’t an accident, they are scheduled events. For most of us, it isn’t a big deal because we just make the best of it by lighting some candles and spending a little quality time away from the electronics. However, a power outage can be a significant problem for people who require electricity to live or function. Electricity is a resource that comes from other resources. In order to create that electricity, many plants have to burn fossil fuels which increase our dependency on other countries that provide those fuels to us, but you probably already know these facts. Here is something you may not know. If every household in the U.S. replaced their existing double-pane windows with the windows we sell here at Window Nation, the annual savings would be 45.5 billion kWh/year. That is enough to light every household in Washington DC for 94 years. That wasn’t a typo. We’re talking years.

At Window Nation, we’re serious about being green. We’ve passed the years where we were “going green” and are now learning what it means to “be green.” It means recycling as much of the vinyl we use as possible and passing the savings on to you. It means making more energy efficient windows, and passing the savings on to you. It means installing windows in your home that won’t have to be replaced for a very long time. Being green means reducing our company’s impact on our world, and passing the savings on to you. The way we look at it that is a win-win. If you think so too, get plugged in today.