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What Are Smart Windows? How New Window Technology Will Lower Home Energy Costs

February 13, 2014

Bee Window has been providing clients with quality replacement windows for more than 30 years, and in that time the methods and materials used in the business have improved dramatically. The advent of smart window technology, though, is rapidly changing how they construct homes and expanding the versatility of home windows.

Smart Windows

Home windows already come in versions that are glare-proof, single-paned or double-paned. But smart windows are being developed that have the ability to get darker just by pressing a button, which can be used for privacy reasons or to insulate a home from heat exchange. Although this type of function has been possible in the past, new technology has finally made it affordable for the average homeowner, giving them new, futuristic options for energy conservation and privacy. Windows are one of the major causes of high heating bills in the winter and high cooling bills in the summer, so new technology for energy efficient windows will be welcomed eagerly by many homeowners.

Photochromic glass, which is already available in the window market, automatically darkens when hit with sunlight. But there’s no way to control when photochromic glass darkens (as anyone who has transition eyeglass lenses can testify to). And thermochromic windows will change opacity only in response to changing temperature. New smart window technology, however, can let you darken window glass without waiting for sunlight to hit it or for a temperature change.

The new technology, called electrochromic glass, allows the user to choose when windows should darken, and how dark the glass should get. This can all be done through a control panel, a pre-set timer, or even from voice commands.

Other new technologies are also in development that will even surpass the abilities of electrochromic windows. And the developments aren’t just limited to one or two companies; in fact, several companies are competing in the smart window arena, with new production lines and features expected to hit the market soon. And remember: although the technology might be a bit expensive as new smart windows first emerge, prices will decrease dramatically as competition increases and more solutions are produced.

Smart window technology is something that Bee Window is very excited about. We’re going to keep a close eye on the developments in order to make sure we’re providing the most energy efficient, cost-effective window replacement solutions to our customers.


Winter Home Improvement Projects: Refurbishing Ideas for Wintertime

December 26, 2013

Winter might not be the season most people associate with home improvements, but there are plenty of refurbishing projects that you can work on inside while there’s snow on the ground outside. From kitchen and door refurbishing to painting, the winter months are a perfect time to complete some of the home improvement tasks that don’t get as much attention as the exterior in warmer seasons. Bee Window specializes in replacing exterior home doors in Indiana, but refurbishing the interior doors in your home is an inexpensive project that you can easily do yourself in the wintertime. It’s also a great way to add value to your home and make it look much more visually appealing.

winter home improvement projects

Refurbish interior home doors

Beautifying and “sprucing up” your interior doors is easy to do and doesn’t need to cost much. Painting existing doors with darker colors will make the home look more expensive and sophisticated, while brighter colors will give it a more modern look. Spending a few bucks to change the doorknobs will instantly make your doors look newer, and adding molding to flat doors will give any doorway a more expensive and elegant look.

Get some painting done inside

Winter weather is cold and dry, and dry air is perfect for drying paint. Snowy months are ideal for painting interior rooms in your home, so why not take advantage of it? Go grab a brush and take some time to
beautify those drab rooms that you have been meaning to paint for so long. Remember: painting the ceiling of your bedrooms can add more dimension to the feel of the rooms.

Add a Backsplash to your Kitchen

Installing a backsplash in your kitchen is a winter home improvement project that will be a little bit more expensive and time consuming, but the benefits are many. A new backsplash adds vitality and color to a drab kitchen, and can help accessorize appliances, cabinets and countertops. Visit your local home improvement store to get all of the materials and information you need to install a new kitchen backsplash on your own during the winter months.


How to Fix a Sagging Window That Doesn’t Close Tightly

November 18, 2013

Bee Window is proud to provide its customers with top-of-the-line window products, but we occasionally get questions from homeowners about how they can perform their own simple do-it-yourself fixes to their current windows. One of the most common questions we hear concerns bay windows that don’t tightly close.

fix windows that don’t close tightly

Home bay windows that don’t close tightly can be caused by several different problems, but one of the most common reasons is a “sagging” window frame that isn’t perfectly square anymore. When you try to close an older bay window that has a sagging frame, the edge of the window itself will bang against window frame, preventing it from closing tight.

If you have a sagging bay window, the best way to repair it is by calling a professional window replacement company like Bee Window. However, there are also some easily fixable reasons why a window might not close tightly enough that you can repair yourself with very little work. If your bay window isn’t closing tightly because of dirt that has built up in the frame or because of loose hinges, here’s a quick primer on how to fix it by yourself without calling a professional.

First, fully open your window and use a tool such as a putty knife to scrape loose any debris or dirt that as built up in the window frame (pay close attention to the sides of the window frame and the bottom edge).

Once the dirt has been loosened, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the debris from the window frame (the crevice cleaning attachment should be perfect for the job). Try again to close the window tightly; if it still doesn’t work, then loose window hinges might be the underlying problem. To repair loose hinges on your window, simply use a screwdriver to tighten the screws that fasten the hinges to the frame and the window edge.

If the window hinge screws won’t tighten but simply spin around and around, you may need to hire a professional for additional assistance. Remember: Bee Window is proud to have served thousands of satisfied customers with their window repair and replacement needs, and we would be happy to schedule a consultation to help you find the best solution for fixing your windows make them close more tightly. Please contact us today for more information or to schedule an in-home inspection.


Bee Window Social Media, Pinterest, LinkedIn

October 15, 2013

For 21st century home remodeling shoppers, Bee Window stays up-to-date with the latest home improvement trends and lets our customers know about those trends (and our products & services) via our website. We’re always seeking-out great new products that we feel will help our Indiana and Midwest customers make the most out of their homes, both for the present and for the future. Products like our Owens Corning attic insulation are designed to help you save money now on heating and cooling bills and increase the retail value of your property down the road.

 

Besides our very active website, Bee is letting the Midwest know about our business and our excellent lines of remodeling supplies via social media sites too.

 

Pinterest is a very popular social media site right now where individuals and companies can share visual information on subjects they care about, or promote their own goods and services, via “boards” and “pins” – collections of images and info separated into categories.Bee’s Pinterest page currently features 18 boards populated with images of our products and services, including boards dedicated to home decorating ideas and energy efficiency ideas. Take a look at our Pinterest page and perhaps you’ll decide to start a Pinterest page of your own.

 

LinkedIn is the Facebook of social media for the business world – a website devoted to professionals of all kinds and the companies who employ them. When it comes to promoting one’s skills and areas of expertise, looking for new employees or looking for a new employment situation, LinkedIn is the place to visit. Bee’s LinkedIn profile exists to let companies in Indiana and the Midwest know about our superior home remodeling and improvements products as well as to generally promote our business on the Internet. With 225 million members and going strong, we think LinkedIn is doing a pretty good job.

 

We’re enjoying our ventures in social media online, so keep looking for us out there in cyberspace – you never know where we may turn up next.


Home Remodeling Trends Include Cabinet Refacing, Energy Efficiency Updates – Says Newsmagazine Network

August 15, 2013

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At Bee Window, we’re committed to introducing and providing valuable home remodeling products and services to all our many friends and clients across the Midwest. We realize that there are many reasons why our loyal customers keep coming back to us year after year for our services and products – great prices, integrity with our installation services, a wide range of product designs, our knowledge in the industry – to name just a few.

As part of our business plan, we continually promote our products and our special sales via our website and other media, but it’s always nice when we find objective, third-party sources who are talking the same message. Recently, we came across this article on the Newsmagazine Network website that discusses current trends in home remodeling.

One interesting trend is that of “aging in place,” which is the strategy “to choose products, materials and design elements that will allow baby boomers to remain in their homes” as they grow older. Tactics such as installing hand-rails in showers, living in homes with a one-floor floor plan, and using carpeting that is low and not prone to tangling (thus reducing the chances of falling while walking) are all good examples of this modern way of thinking about our living spaces.

We were also delighted to see that the article’s first point in terms of remodeling trends concerned kitchen cabinet refacing, which is something Bee has been promoting for many years now. With cabinet refacing, a home owner can simply replace the drawer and cabinet fronts to create a vibrant, new-looking kitchen without nearly the expense that comes from a complete remodel of the kitchen. Dust and construction debris is minimalized and plumbing and electrical systems are not disturbed or in-need of relocation either. Cabinet refacing is truly an efficient way to “retrofit” your home’s most important room at a considerable savings, and we recommend it heartily.

The article also mentions the trend for many home owners to take “advantage of federal and state incentives to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes.” This scenario can play-out in many ways, one of which includes tax incentives for installing energy-efficient replacement windows – one of the mainstays in the Bee home improvement line-up for years and years. We’re glad to see that the design world is catching up to our standards after all these years in business!