Fall is the perfect time to tackle the home improvement project you’ve been putting off. The temperatures are mild, and the weather is ideal for spending time outdoors. You might have an idea of the home improvement project you’d like to start – maybe your garden is overgrown, or you need to repair the shingles on your roof before winter arrives. However, the decision might not be as easy for some homeowners. You might be looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency or give your home a curb appeal boost, but you don’t know where to start. If you need a little more inspiration, our home improvement experts shared their recommendations for Fall home improvement projects.

Window Replacement

Fall is one of the best times of year to replace your windows. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in the snow on the way to your house, and your installation won’t get delayed due to inclement weather. Mild temperatures are also ideal for window installation – the caulk that seals your windows adheres best in cooler temperatures. Replacement windows will give your home an energy efficiency boost just in time for winter – our windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable no matter the season. You might even see savings on your energy bills just in time for the holiday shopping season! When you choose replacement windows from Window Nation, you’ll also enjoy a curb appeal boost – all our windows are custom-made to meet your home’s needs. Choose from a variety of styles and color options to find the perfect fit for your home.

Furnace Upgrades

The last thing you’ll want during the biggest snowstorm of the year is for your furnace to go out. Before the temperatures drop, consider contacting an HVAC maintenance professional to inspect your furnace. They can perform routine maintenance and make repairs if necessary. However, if your furnace is more than 10 years old, they might recommend upgrading it with a modern, more energy-efficient HVAC system. Though the cost might seem steep, you’ll enjoy the comfort of knowing you won’t have to make any upgrades or repairs for years to come. When choosing a new furnace, consider purchasing an Energy Star certified system – you could save money on your energy bills.

Siding Replacement

Siding is one of the most overlooked parts of your home, but it’s important to keep it well maintained. If your siding is looking worse-for-wear, you might consider replacing it with modern vinyl siding from Window Nation. Our siding is available in a variety of colors, giving your home a much-needed curb appeal boost in time for the holidays. You won’t have to worry about your siding cracking or fading due to inclement weather – our siding is durable, built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Vinyl siding will also improve your home’s insulation, keeping your home comfortable all winter long.

Upgrade Insulation

Your home should feel cozy and comfortable in the Fall, not drafty and chilly. Improve your home’s comfort this Fall by upgrading your home’s insulation. We recommend hiring an expert to conduct a home energy audit to determine the places where you’re losing the most energy. Your attic is one of the biggest culprits due to poor insulation – we recommend upgrading your home’s insulation with fiberglass or foam insulation to keep the chilly air outside. It’s also important to seal any cracks you might find, particularly around your windows and doors, to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable.

Door Replacement

Nearly one-third of residential heating and cooling costs are attributed to energy loss through windows and doors. Why continue to waste money on your energy bills month over month? Consider upgrading your doors to replacement doors from Window Nation. We offer entry doors, French doors, and sliding doors, each custom-made to fit your home’s needs. Our doors are available in fiberglass and steel options, so you can choose the best style for your home. You’ll enjoy a curb appeal boost and added security – all Window Nation doors come standard with a multi-point locking system to make your home more secure.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your home improvement 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.
“What kind of windows should I buy for my house?” This question can spark your imagination to run wild - change can be exciting and replacement windows are a great investment for your home! Replacing old windows can give your home a new style and statement. Upgrading from older windows to new energy-efficient windows can also save you money on your heating and cooling bills. There are various replacement window options and window replacement companies to choose from, but it can be confusing to look at all the options and choices available to you. That’s why we put together a cheat sheet of the things that you’ll want to consider and some resources to help you decide how to choose replacement windows for your home.

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

Homeowners have many different replacement window options. Choosing the right replacement windows for your home can seem overwhelming at times. Here are some helpful tips and topics to consider on how to choose replacement windows for your home.

Replacement Window Styles

There are a variety of window styles to choose from. Some of the most popular are:
  • Double Hung - A popular option, double hung windows slide up and down and most tilt in for easy cleaning.
  • Sliders - Similar to double hung windows, but these slide horizontally.
  • Bays - These windows make a strong statement and add glamour to any room
  • Bows - Similar to bays, bow windows have gradual curves not sharper angles, adding beauty to your home.
  • Garden - This option provides the perfect place to showcase plants, grow herbs, or simply add sunlight to any room.

Choosing Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows

Here, you’ll want to look at the window’s efficiency rating. A window’s efficiency performance is measured by its U-factor. U-factor is a measurement of the window’s ability to move and conduct heat. The lower the U-factor, the less heat transfers from outside your home to the inside in the summer months, thus keeping your home cooler. And, the lower the U-factor, the lower the amount of heat transfers from the inside of your home to the outside in the winter months. The U-factor is a great way to compare all types of replacement windows, no matter what material they are made of.

Types Of Replacement Windows

  • Vinyl windows are energy-efficient replacement windows that come in a variety of styles (double-hung, venting, sliders, etc.) to suit your home and budget.
  • Window Nation’s wood windows are pleasing to look at, energy-efficient, and easy to clean.

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

Proper installation of your replacement windows is a key factor in their future performance. If you buy the best, most energy-efficient window and it isn’t installed properly, the performance of the window will decrease rapidly. Another thing to watch out for: If the windows are not installed correctly, it can sometimes negatively affect your window’s warranty. Window Nation only uses experienced, dedicated window installers, meaning their only task is to install windows. Click here to learn more about window installation completed by Window Nation and see why we are considered one of the best window replacement companies.

Custom Made Replacement Windows

Window Nation’s replacement windows are ‘made to order’. When you choose Window Nation, you don’t have to worry about whether or not your windows will fit. We take measurements and create the exact window needed for your home. This custom fit ensures a tight seal around the window and makes sure that the energy efficient benefits of choosing replacement windows make the biggest impact.

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

Still struggling with how to choose replacement windows for your home? Window Nation can help you answer any questions you still have. If you’re ready to bring in new windows to change the overall look and feel of your home, call Window Nation. Besides the aesthetic improvements replacement windows bring, you can rest assured that your new replacement windows will help keep the temperature inside your home comfortable and constant and decrease your energy bills! For more information on replacement windows, the installation process, or to learn more about how Window Nation has become the best window replacement company, please click here to complete our online form.

Not-so-fun-fact: the typical American family spends $2,000 a year on their energy bills. Unfortunately, tons of energy and money are wasted through leaky windows, ducts, old appliances or inefficient heating and cooling systems. 

While windows can be one of the most beautiful features of your home, drafty windows can be a burden to your energy bill. According to the Department of Energy, inefficient windows are responsible for 25% of residential heating and cooling energy use. This causes extra strain on your heating and cooling systems – and higher electric bills. 

If your home has old, outdated, consider replacing them with new, energy-efficient windows.

We offer wood and vinyl windows in a variety of style and color options, so you don’t have to sacrifice curb appeal for energy efficiency.  

Our windows are available in two glass options to keep your home feeling comfortable year-round. If you’re looking for maximum value, consider selecting windows with double pane glass. These windows are equipped with two glass panes coated in two layers of Low-E coating, blocking almost 80% of UV rays from the sun.  

Triple pane glass, however, is the best choice for homeowners looking for maximum energy efficiency. Like double pane windows, these windows are equipped with two layers of Low-E coating. However, triple pane windows include a third pane of glass, blocking 90% of UV rays from the sun. 

Window replacement is a major investment, and we understand you may not be ready to start such a large project at this time. If you’re looking for smaller, more manageable ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, consider our tips: 

  1. Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house. 
  2. Study your family’s lighting needs and look for ways to use sensors, dimmers or timers to reduce usage.  
  3. Plug home electronics into power strips and turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. Even in standby mode, these electronics still use several watts of power. 
  4. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes, and air-dry dishes and laundry. 
  5. Look for ENERGY STAR ® labels on products such as light bulbs, home appliances, and electronics. ENERGY STAR ® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. 
  6. Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as recommended. 
  7. Consider using a programmable thermostat to control the temperature of your home from the convenience of an app. 
  8. Regularly defrost manual-defrost freezers and refrigerators; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit. Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch. 

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an in-home estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and discuss your options so you can find the best fit for your budget. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. If you’re considering financing your project, we also offer budget-friendly deals to help you get the windows of your dreams. When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule your in-home estimate at WindowNation.com 

Everyone is talking about being energy efficient. We all know to shut the lights off, turn down the heat and don’t let the water run, but is there other things we can do to keep our energy usage down? Of course there is! Here are five uncommon ways to be more energy efficient.

  1. Install new eco-friendly shower heads. Moving water in any way into your home takes energy. In order to pump it in from a well you need electricity to power the water pump. If you have public water supply, it still takes electricity to move it in and out of your home. Heating that water that you just moved into your home takes even more energy. Using a low pressure shower head will dump less gallons per minute than an older, high pressure model. The lower pressure models of today are manufactured to lessen the amount of water per minute, but still give you a nice refreshing shower.

  2. Install new replacement vinyl windows. Old windows will crack, warp and move over the years. This causes them to move inside their opening in your exterior wall. This creates cracks and holes that allow for heat to escape and cold air to come in. Some window defects can be repaired, but nothing is as sure as replacing your old, cold windows with new, vinyl replacement windows. Learn more about energy efficient windows.

  3. Block your un-used chimney. If you do not use your chimney anymore, blocking it is the way to go. You can call a professional and have them officially cap it off, or you can stuff old blankets or newspapers up in it. Unused chimneys can be an open freeway for cold air to come in and warm air to go outside. Do not block off your chimney, if there’s any chance that you may use it. A good idea is to put a sign on your fireplace or stove that lets everyone know that the chimney is blocked and not able to be used.

  4. Toilet water control. Using less water in your toilet is an easy and effective way to lessen your water usage. Placing a rock or brick in your toilet tank will lessen the amount of water used per flush, but still have enough to have a clean flush.

  5. Shut off your coffee pot. After your coffee is done brewing, shut your machine off. Put your hot coffee in an insulated thermos to keep it hot all day, without the added electricity. If you add hot water to your thermos and let it sit for a few minutes before adding your hot coffee, then your thermos will be preheated and ready to hold your hot coffee for hours to come!

Being more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a big change. Small steps can add up and make a big difference on your energy usage!

Here at Window Nation we’re always looking for ways to create a more energy efficient home. To share the knowledge, we’ve put together the top 6 tips to make your home more energy efficient and thus save money on your utility bills and cut down on our resource use.

How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient 

For more information on energy saving tips as well as our replacement windows, entry doors, or vinyl siding for your home in Virginia, Maryland or Ohio, contact us today!