It’s more important than ever to be cost efficient and save money. The events of the past year have caused financial difficulties for many families, causing homeowners to look for new ways to save money. While some expenses may be out of your control, you can start saving money on your energy bill by making your home more energy efficient. Consider making small changes to your energy consumption to lower your energy bills. Simply unplugging electronics when not in use or replacing your lightbulbs with LED replacements could lower your energy costs. However, for a bigger impact, you might consider upgrading your appliances or your windows for significant savings.

Energy Efficient Windows from Window Nation

Replacement windows from Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low. We offer vinyl windows in a variety of styles and colors, so you won’t have to sacrifice curb appeal for energy efficiency. Each of our windows is available in double pane and triple pane glass, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency.

Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows have two panes of energy efficient glass to keep your home comfortable while keeping your energy bills low. Each pane of glass is coated with a Low-E glass coating, reflecting over 80% of the sun’s rays to keep your home from heating. These windows are a popular option for homeowners looking to lower their energy bills without breaking the bank. We recommend double pane windows for homeowners living in moderate climates, like Maryland or Philadelphia.

Triple Pane Windows

Triple pane windows have all the benefits of double pane windows, but with an additional pane of Low-E coated glass for maximum energy efficiency. Window Nation offers two options for those looking for triple pane windows, Ultra Triple Pane and Ultimate Triple Pane. Ultra Triple Pane Windows block nearly 90% of the sun’s UV rays, while Ultimate Triple Pane windows block almost 97%. These windows are best for homeowners living in more extreme climates, like Kansas City.

Each windowpane is glazed with a Low-E glass coating to reduce the amount of sunlight from entering your home, allowing your HVAC system to work smarter, not harder. We also insert Argon gas between each pane of glass to minimize heat transfer in and out of your home. The temperature of your windows will be close to the temperature of your home, making your home feel more comfortable while helping you save money on your energy bills.

Our replacement windows are also installed with an airtight seal to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable.

What Else Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills?

Replacement windows will help you save money you your energy bills; however, for a bigger impact, consider making additional changes to your home:

  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Purchase Energy Star certified products, including appliances and electronics
  • Turn off electronics, appliances, and lights when not in use
  • Keep your home well insulated, particularly if you live in a colder climate like Boston
  • Weatherize your home before the change of each season
  • Avoid using your appliances in peak times, particularly in the summer
  • Keep your thermostat lower in the cooler months and warmer in the hotter months

Simple changes could help you save big on your energy bills.

Need New Windows?

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.  

There’s no place like home for the holidays! After a challenging year, it’s more important than ever to get in the holiday spirit. Your celebrations might look different this year but try to make the holiday season feel as normal as possible by adding festive touches to your home. No matter what you celebrate, adding even a few small decorations will make your home feel cozy for a holiday season unlike any other. If you need some last-minute holiday décor inspiration, our home improvement experts are sharing their best tips for decorating your home in a pinch.

Place Candles in the Window

Putting festive candles in your windows is a simple, yet elegant way to decorate your home for the holidays. You can place candles in every window, or you can select a few windows in your living room or front-facing bedrooms. The candles will give your home a warm glow and a festive feel you’ll enjoy all season long.

Display Your Holiday Cards

You get stacks of holiday cards from friends and family every year. Why not display them in your home? Use clothespins to pin them to strips of ribbon and display them in your living room. Your guests will enjoy seeing their cards on display when they come to visit for holiday celebrations!

Decorate Pinecones

Clean up your yard by collecting pinecones to make festive holiday decorations! Pinecones are versatile and can be used to make everything from Christmas ornaments to centerpieces for your holiday parties. Paint them green to make a mini Christmas tree, or paint them gold for an elegant touch – the possibilities are endless! You can even turn them into a special keepsake by having your kids or grandkids make them when they’re off school for winter break.

Create an Ornament Centerpiece

If you have too many ornaments for your Christmas tree, consider using the leftover balls to create a festive and cost-efficient centerpiece. Place color coordinating ornaments (red and green or silver and gold are recommended) in a large bowl or vase to create an eye-catching decoration. Your home will look more festive in just five minutes or less!

Add Festive Lights

Sometimes classic decorations are the best decorations. While you might not have time to string holiday lights outside, consider adding a few strands throughout your home for a festive touch. Wrap them around your bannister or on your mantels to give your home a festive glow. If you’re feeling creative, you can even use them to outline the shape of a Christmas Tree right on your wall!

Spotlight Your Home

You don’t need to cover your home in thousands of twinkle lights like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for it to look festive. You can simply place a wreath on your front door or and use a spotlight to illuminate your home for all to see! Just be careful when using a spotlight: the light can be bright, and you’ll want to make sure it’s not shining directly into your home or a neighbor’s home.

Happy Holidays from Window Nation

Though our celebrations might look different this year, the holiday season is filled with joy and excitement. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to enjoy this time of year and spread the holiday cheer and love through your windows and out into the world.

It’s not always easy to determine if it’s time to replace your windows. For most homeowners, it’s clear: your windows might be old and drafty, or they could be original to your home. However, for some homeowners, it might not be as obvious. In fact, your windows might not have any noticeable signs that it’s time for them to be replaced. In that case, how do you know your windows need to be replaced? Our window replacement experts compiled a list of warning signs you need to be aware of before you start your project.

Condensation

If you notice condensation between your windowpanes, we highly recommend replacing your windows. Moisture between the panes of glass is a telltale sign your seals have failed – an issue that isn’t easily fixed. If you notice seal failure, you might be able to replace the panes of glass; however, you’ll need to contact your window manufacturer for more information. In most cases, your windows will need to be replaced to fix the issue. Replacement windows from Window Nation are built with top-of-the-line window glass to ensure your windows remain condensation-free for years to come.

Drafts

Drafts are one of the most noticeable signs it’s time to replace your windows. Your old windows often become drafty over time, allowing the comfortable air from inside your home to escape. You might feel the air from outside in your home when you stand close to your windows, or you might notice higher energy bills. Energy loss through old, drafty windows accounts for nearly one third of your heating and cooling costs – start saving money by upgrading your old, drafty windows with modern replacement windows from Window Nation.

Hot to the Touch in Warmer Weather

Outdated replacement windows are often single pane with little protection from the warm air outside. If you notice your windows are hot to the touch in the summer, your windows are most likely poorly insulated. We recommend upgrading your windows with modern, well-insulated replacement windows to prevent the hot summer air from entering your home.

Cold to the Touch in Colder Weather

Insulation issues only get worse in the winter – if you notice your windows are cold to the touch in cooler weather, you’ll need to upgrade your windows. Modern replacement windows are well-insulated to keep your home comfortable even in the coldest of temperatures. Well-insulated windows are particularly important in colder areas like Boston, Kansas City or Indianapolis – if you notice your windows are cold to the touch, we recommend meeting with an exterior design consultant at Window Nation to discuss our replacement window options.

Cracked or Broken Window Frames

A small crack in your window frame might not be the most urgent issue; however, it’s important to fix the cracks before they spread. If you catch a crack early enough, you might be able to repair the crack with no issues. However, if the crack continues to spread, it might be time to replace the window.

Cracked Windowpanes

Unlike cracked window frames, a crack in your windowpanes is a major issue that needs to be addressed. Cracked windowpanes aren’t just unsightly: they could spread and cause bigger problems for your home’s energy efficiency. You could replace the cracked pane with replacement window glass; however, in some cases, it’s best to replace the entire window. If your windows are more than fifteen years old or original to your home, window replacement could save you money in the long run.

Outdated and Unsightly Windows

Sometimes your windows might function well, but they look old and outdated. If your home needs a curb appeal boost, we recommend replacing your windows with modern replacement windows from Window Nation. Our windows are custom-made to fit your home’s needs. We offer a variety of style and color options, so you can find the perfect fit for your home.

Want to Learn More About our 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 WindowNation.com.

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 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! 

Are you on the edge of making one of the smartest upgrades you’ve ever done for your home? When it comes to getting a return on investment, replacement windows are hard to beat. But picking out new windows isn’t as simple as pointing at a picture in a catalog. There are a lot of details to consider. After all, you’re going to have those windows for a really long time. You don’t want to be stuck with a purchase you’re not completely happy with.

At Window Nation, customer satisfaction is our top priority. When you’re happy, everybody wins. That’s why we’ve put together this list of top considerations when choosing new windows. Take a quick peek and see if you’ve thought of everything.

WHAT FEATURES MATTER MOST TO YOU?

New windows come with new features. It is important to take a few moments to think about what features matter most to you. Some windows can be opened and will allow air to flow in. Some windows do not open and are meant to let the light in. Garden windows will give you three angles of light that will not only add ambiance to the interior of your home, it will make things a lot brighter. Bow and bay windows can give you an area to put a place to sit and enjoy a good book or a spot to place plants and decorations that sparkle in the sunlight. Double hung windows are great for letting a little light in, but where they shine is in how easy they are to clean.

WHAT WINDOWS WILL FIT THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME?

If aesthetics are important to you, you’re going to want to take into consideration the style of windows you’ll be putting in. Grid windows may be perfect for a Colonial or Cape Cod style home, but you might want to go with a double hung if you have a cottage style home. Round portholes may be perfect for a Victorian or Neo-Victorian home, but a modern home will look better with a picture window. It also matters where you place the window. Even if the window style complements the style of your home it can look out of place if it is put in the wrong spot.

SHOULD YOU GO WITH WOOD, FIBERGLASS, OR VINYL?

When it comes to cost vs. performance, nothing can touch vinyl. It is the perfect choice if you want inexpensive windows that look beautiful and last a long time. The only big drawback to vinyl is that you’re stuck with the color. Vinyl isn’t going to take a coat of paint. But, for some people, this is a small price to pay for the convenience and functionality of vinyl.

If the aesthetic of wood is important to you, and you’re not content with the wood-like appearance of vinyl and fiberglass, you’ll have to pay extra for those windows. You’ll also have to pay extra to maintain those windows. Wood needs to be stained and painted for preservation. And wood will offer less protection against insects.

Fiberglass is a good common ground between vinyl and fiberglass. It costs more than vinyl, but it is more durable and has the ability to take a coat of paint. But, unlike painting wood windows, adding a new color to fiberglass window frames is not a necessity. It is just a nicety.

WHAT COMPANY IS THE RIGHT COMPANY?

All window companies aren’t created equal. It is important to pick a company that has good reviews, a solid warranty, and excellence in installation. You can have the best windows in the world, but if those windows are installed incorrectly, you could be dealing with water damage, heat loss, bug infestations, air flow issues, and a general loss of comfort throughout your home. You may also be stuck paying out big money when something goes wrong.

At Window Nation, we offer one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, so you can be sure that you’re protected if anything ever goes wrong. Our installation teams are led by experienced and certified professionals who will make sure you windows fit perfectly and, most importantly, seal perfectly. And we are an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, so you can trust that we’ll treat you right.

There are a lot of details when it comes to choosing replacement windows. Let us walk you through the process from start to finish. Click on our online agent to get started today.

By increasing the energy efficiency of your home, you can reduce your energy bills while also saving money and doing good for the planet. There are many ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home and replacing old windows is a popular method. When it comes to selecting new windows, you might be wondering “are casement windows energy efficient?”

Are Casement Windows Energy Efficient?

Casement windows are the most energy efficient style of window that is meant to be opened (picture windows are more efficient, but are designed to not open).

Casement windows offer such energy efficiency because of the design: these windows have a strong seal on all four sides. When a casement window is closed, the sash presses tightly against the frame so air cannot pass through. A strong gust of wind can actually press the sash and frame closer together.

Other types of windows are not designed to seal so tightly because of the way they open by sliding along a track. While modern replacement windows from Window Nation are all designed to be energy efficient, older windows in need of replacement can be a source of unwanted energy leakage.

When a window does not seal securely, air can leak in between the sash and the frame. In the winter, cold air from outside can leak into your home while heated air can escape. To stay comfortable, you’ll need to turn up the thermostat. In the summer, the reverse happens, and you might need more air conditioning to stay comfortable. The more heat or air conditioning you use, the larger your energy footprint and the higher your energy bills.

Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

While casement windows are already highly efficient due to their design, you can make them even more energy efficient by selecting windows that offer certain traits:

    • Low-e glass: Low-e or low emissivity glass coating is designed to bounce the sun’s rays away from the home in summer, to reduce solar heat gain. The same coating reflects the heat inside your home so that it doesn’t leak through the window.
    • Argon gas infill: Argon gas infills insert argon gas between panes of the window. Argon is less conductive than normal air, so it actually reduces the amount of heat or cold that passes through the window.
    • Double/triple pane casement windows: Adding additional panes of glass to a casement window increases its energy efficiency by sandwiching more layers of insulating air or gas between the inside and outside of your home.
    • Energy Star label: Look for the Energy Star label to indicate casement windows that are constructed using best design practices and energy efficient materials.

Browse Casement Windows

Are you looking for replacement windows for your home? Upgrade to energy-efficient casement windows now to see lower utility bills and start recouping the money you spent. Explore styles of casement windows today, or contact us for a free estimate replacement windows.

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.

At Windows Nation, we know that picking out new windows is a huge investment for a homeowner of both time and money. Your home is the biggest investment that you will most likely ever make. Investing now in new windows can not only help protect the value of your home, but it will also help keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Our windows are made from quality products right here in the United States. Our vinyl windows can be custom made to fit your style and the specific needs of your home. Thanks to our strong partnership with Pella, we can also custom design wood windows for you for that authentic feel to your classic home if that is your preference. With our Lifetime Plus guarantee you can be assured of our promise that your windows will be made to fit and made to last.

Some people are afraid that custom made windows are too expensive. Windows Nation has several different styles and plans that fit any budget. Our custom windows are made right here, which helps us keep costs down for our customers. All of our windows are made to be energy efficient which will keep your future heating and cooling costs down for years to come. Call us for a free in-home estimate and let us show you how you can have the windows you always wanted at a price that you can afford.

From start to finish, our goal is to provide you with exceptional customer service. We know that your time is valuable. From picking out your particular designs to ordering, financing, and installation, our staff will work with you to make the process as smooth as possible. Our staff is on hand to answer questions, take measurements, and show you how your new windows are going to improve your lifestyle. Before you know it, your new windows will be installed by our expert team, and you can get back to the things that are important to you in your life.

Whether you are looking to replace your windows with the same style that you have always loved or you want to go for an entirely new look, Windows Nation is here to make sure that you are matched with just the right windows for you. Call our expert staff today and get started on making your dream home even better.

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.