Winter is the time of year that most Indianapolis homeowners dread if their windows let in a draft from time to time. The unpredictable weather can put a damper on your electric bill. One popular DIY solution Hoosiers use is to shrink wrap your windows with plastic. 

You can purchase these kits at your local hardware stores or maybe even Circle Center Mall. There are plenty of ‘how-to’ videos online to show you where to begin.   

What’s the point of using plastic wrap?

Plastic wrap is a great solution to save money when you have drafty windows. Plastic does an excellent job of keeping whatever heat shows up in Indianapolis 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 need to rip all that plastic wrap down and put up another sheet.

While wrapping your windows in plastic is as easy and inexpensive as a deep-fried tenderloin, 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 doesn’t like to cooperate at all.

It can be a real pain trying to get around a window frame, especially if you have the dry Indianapolis dust on it. Then, if you have only two arms, like most of us, getting that plastic wrap up takes as much finesse as the Pacers have regularly.

All this aside, the biggest issue with window plastic is what happens after it’s up.  

If you have animals or children, the chances of the plastic wrap staying firmly in place are unlikely. It’s as much of a gamble as walking down 38th St after 8:00 pm. All it takes is one good game of hide and seek to turn your hard work into something that’s going to require much more effort. 

Worst of all, you can’t patch a single hole in plastic wrap like you can with window screens.

Let’s not forget that plastic is not exactly environmentally friendly or, in many cases, safe when heated (not like they’ll need it in Indy). But fortunately, there is something that works better than plastic. Why not replace those old, drafty windows?  

Window technology has come a long way from the construction of your Indianapolis home.

Not only do modern windows do a better job of preventing heat loss, but they are also built to last, especially when you get them from Window Nation. The windows we install are manufactured in the United States. And, when we build windows, we guarantee them to last longer than a lifetime against the harsh Indianapolis weather.

Say goodbye to viewing the world through shrink wrap. Replacing your old windows with double-hung or casement windows is an investment that will pay off in a variety of ways.   

Quality replacement window solutions from Window Nation

Reach out to Window Nation today and start this year with a new outlook. Enjoy an Indianapolis view year-round from your plastic-less windows!

If you’re considering a window replacement project, you have many options. Do you replace the windows yourself or use a contractor? Do you use pre-made windows from a box store or do you custom make your windows using a window replacement company? It’s a difficult decision, and each option has its benefits. Pre-made windows are often cheaper and easier to find, while custom-made replacement windows are built to fit your home’s needs. However, when you choose pre-made windows, you might be sacrificing quality and energy efficiency for a lower price.

At Window Nation, all our replacement windows are custom-made to fit your home’s needs. When you schedule a consultation with our team, an exterior design consultant will come to your home to better understand your needs. They will discuss all your options and provide recommendations about which windows are best for your home. Your windows will then be custom-made to meet your needs. Coupled with our expert installation, your windows will be the perfect fit for your home.

When it comes time to replace your windows, learn more about why you should consider custom replacement windows.

Compliment Your Home

Custom-made windows are made specifically for your home. You can build them to compliment your décor or add character to your space. Replacement windows from Window Nation are available in hundreds of styles and colors, so you can find the perfect combination for your home. Your windows can also be customized with add-ons like grids and decorative glass patterns for a unique touch. The options are endless! You can even mix and match your windows to fit different rooms – you might want white vinyl double hung windows for your bedrooms, but you might want a wood bay window for your living room. Regardless of the style you choose, custom-made windows will give your home a much-needed makeover you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Built for Your Climate

Improved energy efficiency is one of the biggest benefits of custom replacement windows. All Window Nation windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. We offer double pane and triple pane windows, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. If you live in a climate with harsher weather, like Boston or Kansas City, you might consider triple pane windows for an added energy efficiency boost. You’ll also enjoy fewer air leaks because each window is measured to fit each opening, creating an airtight seal. No matter the climate you live in, you’ll enjoy lower energy bills for years to come.

Easy Installation

An airtight seal isn’t the only benefit of custom replacement windows. When you choose custom replacement windows, installation is often quicker and more efficient than DIY window installation. Before your windows are ordered, our team will come to your house and measure each opening down to the millimeter, guaranteeing a perfect fit. On your installation day, your installers will simply remove your old window from the frame and pop the new window in. As a result, most installations are finished in just a day or two. Your home will feel more comfortable in no time!

Want to Learn More About our Custom Replacement 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, doors, and siding for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at 

Older windows can mean a cold, drafty home during the winter months. Many homeowners don’t notice just how bad their windows are until cold weather arrives. Your windows could be letting the warm, comfortable air inside escape, causing strain on your HVAC system – which could result in higher energy bills. Don’t wait until the temperatures warm up to replace your windows – our team of window replacement experts can replace windows in all types of weather conditions, including harsh winter weather. If you’re looking to install replacement windows this winter, learn more about our winter window installation process straight from the experts.

Winter Window Installation Process

Some homeowners might be concerned about the comfort of their home during their window installation. However, our windows are custom-built to fit each opening, allowing for an efficient installation. Our windows are measured down to the millimeter to guarantee a perfect fit. Your new windows simply slide into the opening, creating an airtight seal to keep the cold air outside where it belongs. We also use caulk to insulate your windows for added protection from the cold.

Our team of installers will also take extra precautions to keep your home comfortable. We replace just one window at a time in order to reduce heat loss, so there will only be a small “window” of time when there is an open space in your house. We will also close off the door to the room we’re working in to keep your home as comfortable as possible. If the room can’t be shut off, we will use tarp or protective barriers to keep the cold from spreading throughout your home. Our team will also take steps to keep your home clean, laying down drop cloths to prevent snow, dirt, and mud from tracking through your home.

Why Replace Your Windows in Winter?

If you have old, drafty windows, don’t wait until spring to replace your windows. You’ll enjoy energy savings all winter with our modern replacement windows. Our windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable throughout the harsh winter months. We offer double pane and triple pane windows, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. No matter the windows you choose, each pane of glass is coated with Low-E and silver oxide to keep your home comfortable all winter long.

Our windows will also give your home the curb appeal boost it needs just in time for the holidays. Available in a variety of style and color options, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect fit for your home. Our replacement windows are available in eight styles, each custom-built to meet your home’s needs. We offer hundreds of interior and exterior color options to complement your home. You can also customize your windows with add-ons including grids and glass patterns to create the windows of your dreams.

Need New Windows This Winter?

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, doors, and siding for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at 

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.  

Window Replacement

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.

Door Replacement

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.

Spacer Systems

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  

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.

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. 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.