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 Your outdated appliances are working harder than usual, using excessive amounts of electricity to operate.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Old, outdated windows are among the biggest culprits for energy loss in your home.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 Start saving money on your energy bills by replacing your old, outdated devices with modern upgrades.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 WindowNation.com.  

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.