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.
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.
If you’re asking this question there is a good chance there is more to it than just a curiosity. You don’t just want to know how energy efficient windows
work to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer; you want to know how well it works. Right? So, before we go into some detail about how energy-efficient windows function; let’s hop straight to the questions that matter most.
Will I notice a difference after you’ve installed new windows in my home?
No two homes are the same and, obviously, results will vary depending on what your situation is. But here is a quote from one of our Philadelphia customers: “It is a very hot day here; it is probably a hundred degrees out. Within 45 minutes after installation we noticed a marked difference in the temperature. How cool it had gotten. It is the first time the upstairs in my house has felt that comfortably cool, in years.” She definitely felt a difference, and if she could feel the difference, you know she “saw” a difference on her energy bills.
How soon will I notice a difference?
Again, we can’t promise how quickly you will notice a difference. We can only promise you that you’ll get a superior product and the best installation service in the industry, but several of our customers say what this customer said: “We already feel the difference in the room where the windows were installed.” The energy efficiency that new windows can bring to a home is something that can be felt even before we leave. This is especially true for an attic room or a room that gets a lot of sunlight in the morning.
Okay. So how does it work? Here are the technicalities, without getting too technical:
If you were to look at your home through night vision goggles, you would see that your windows are where the most heat is. Not because your windows are hot, but because they are where the most heat transfer is happening. Our windows resist this heat transfer in many ways. In double and triple pane windows, the special gases between the panes slow the transfer of heat. We also have a Super Spacer option that creates a larger thermal barrier. Our premium windows offer a low-e system that works to reflect the infrared heat spectrum, as well as ultraviolet rays (which can damage the furniture in your home). Together, these features work to keep heat from passing through, and that means energy savings in your pocket. Immediately!
When you’re ready to upgrade your home, give Window Nation a call
. Our experienced agents can help you find an effective solution that will fit your budget. Energy efficient windows make a big difference. Start feeling the difference today.
As much as we would like for it to be, it’s not always a clear-cut answer as to when is the best time to replace your windows. There are some general questions that you can ask to assess your existing windows and their current performance.
Are my windows energy efficient?
Many homes have older windows with single pane glass and while these windows have a traditional look and feel, they are not energy efficient. Window energy efficiency is measured with U-value and R-Value. R-Value is a measure of the resistance to heat flow through a certain material. This is only a measure of conduction, not air leakage or radiation heat transfer, which is really what we are concerned about with windows. U-Value is a better gauge to compare windows. U-value is a measure of heat transfer through a material. The lower the number indicates the less heat transferred through that material. For example a typical double pane window has a U value of 0.5. Per combustionresearch.com, single pane glass has a U factor of 1.22 while double pane’s U-factor is .70. Considering glass makes up about 90% of your windows, glass really does matter.
Is the structural integrity of my windows failing?
Is the outside weather coming inside due to issues with your windows? Snow and rain should stay outside. This is one of the major jobs of your windows. Windows can be made up of wood, fiberglass or vinyl and if their ability to stand against outside weather has been compromised due to aging or damaged wood, metal, vinyl or fiberglass then they are in need of attention. Some issues can be repaired with caulking or wood filler, while some can’t.
Are my windows easy to use and secure?
Properly functioning window hardware is crucial to the safety and ease of use in windows. Windows that do not move freely are not easy to use. They could be warped within the frame or the frame itself could have also moved within the wall. Either way, the window is not operating correctly and is not offering all that it should be to you for its ventilation purposes.
Secure windows locks are extremely important. Not just to keep unwanted visitors out, but to maintain a safe environment for people within your home. As a homeowner you have enough to worry about without having to be concerned whether a person or child is going to find themselves in danger because of your faulty windows.
Are your windows difficult to clean?
For windows to be truly performing they must be clear and clean to look through. A huge part of having windows is the benefit of their beauty. Dirty windows make the windows themselves the focus, not the landscape that is beyond them. Today’s windows are standardly offered with easy to clean tilting features to help keep you focused on the view beyond the glass.
Knowing when you need to replace your windows is really a matter of answering these questions honestly, and having some input from an informed source in the window industry like the professionals here at Window Nation. For years we have providing the people of Ohio with expert advice on replacement windows, doors and vinyl siding. There is nothing about windows and window replacement that we can’t help you with. We look forward to hearing from you about your windows. Contact us today for your free estimate!
It’s so nice to finally have warm and sunny days. The Philly winter was long and cold and all of us are so thankful for this beautiful summer sun. When we step outside we think of sun protection for ourselves and our loved ones. These same damaging UV rays can cause fading inside our homes as well. Anywhere that the sun peeks in is a potential area for UV damage. It can cause fading in our curtains, furniture, floors or walls. What can we do to help stop this from happening?
UV rays literally break down the surfaces that they come in contact with. We get sunburned, and so does anything that is in the suns’ rays for too long. Our curtains are often the first thing effected by the sunlight. They are constantly in the line of fire of the sun. Consider the fabric make up and color of your curtains. Very few fabrics have a built in sun repellent to slow fading. Fabrics blended with acrylic, polyester and nylon are less likely to fade. High end fabrics like silk and linen fade quickly. When choosing your curtain color, remember that darker colors fade faster. Moving your curtains back and forth a little to keep they sun from wearing stripes in the fabric will also slow the fading process.
Furniture that is covered in fabric will have the same issues as fabric curtains, and leather covered furniture also fades in the sunlight. UV rays shining on leather furniture actually causes the natural oils in the leather to evaporate leaving you with a dry and brittle finish. The best way to prevent leather furniture from drying out is to clean and condition it at least once every six months. Speak with your furniture sales person about any treatments that may be available to slow the fading process.
Interior painted walls also fall prey to fading by sunlight. Consider each room and each individual wall’s exposure to direct sunlight when choosing a color scheme. Again, like fabric, the lighter the color the less it will fade. There can be a correlation to the amount of fading that a paint allows and the sheen of the color. Speak with your paint supplier about the possible benefits of a higher sheen paint.
Flooring, whether carpet, wood, linoleum or vinyl are all subject to the damaging power of UV rays. Coloring in ceramic tile floors can also fall to these aggressive rays of light. Seems that UV rays can pretty much have their way inside your home fading just about anything that they touch. None of these things are easily prevented or stopped. As much as we love our Philadelphia summer sun, it can cause some issues inside our home. Letting the summer sun in to light up and warm our homes is a natural reward after a long cold winter. Try to be aware that it can also damage your belongings inside your home and do what you can to stop it from happening. And of course, stop by our showroom in Philadelphia to find out how replacement windows might help you protect your furniture and belongings.
In today’s economic environment, much discussion centers around the subject of budgeting and energy efficiency. The topic of energy efficiency will almost always include windows and doors. One of the most common questions that arise during these discussions is “How do energy efficient windows work?” . This is not only a great question, it is one that should be directed to the professionals.
Window Nation has more than 35 years of combined experience in the installation of premium windows and doors. The quality of service and the success of Window Nation is evident by the fact that 98% of our customers willingly refer Window Nation to their family and friends. There are several features that make windows more energy efficient in today’s market. One of the most important things to look for when purchasing your new windows is the Energy Star symbol. Windows and doors with this symbol are at least twice as efficient as the average window manufactured just ten years ago. Super spacer systems and improved glass coatings are just a couple improvements that have increased this efficiency.
A Super Spacer added to any of our windows will increase the efficiency by lowering the U value. The Super Spacer is made of 100% polymer structural foam and will block the heat escape path, providing one of the best thermal performances.
Laminated glass windows consist of three panes of glass and blocks up to 99.97% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This helps to protect flooring and furniture from fading while still allowing natural light in. Argon gas is inserted in the space between the panes of glass to further reduce the loss of heat while drastically reducing noise. This system also provides a very secure glass with the technology much like that of windshields of vehicles.
At Window Nation, we offer a variety of energy efficient glass options to help you make the best decision for your home. Whether you choose an Extreme Low-E glass or our Ultimate Triple Pane, you will see that energy efficient windows work in effectively lowering the expenses of heating and cooling your home. Window Nation is a family owned and operated company and takes great pride in the 2000 plus installations we perform each year. Our installers are licensed professionals and factory trained to guarantee ultimate craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. We also equip our showroom with full size displays of windows and doors to make your selections easier. These displays will enable you to understand how energy efficient windows really work.