5 Awesome Ways to Insulate Your Windows for Winter

While looking into the best way to insulate our drafty windows this winter (apart from replacing them), I put together this mini-guide of solutions we found so far, including the pros and cons of everything from layered curtains to shrink-wrap film.

1. Rubber Weather Sealing: You can buy strips of self-stick rubber weather sealing at a hardware store or online. Cut long strips down to fit your window dimensions, then peel and stick to the frame to close any gaps and keep out drafts.

Pros: Cheap, effective, minimal alterations to appearance of windows.
Cons: When you peel away the rubber strips, they can damage paint or leave a sticky residue.

2. Window Insulation Film: You can buy window insulation kits from a hardware store or online. Kits usually include plastic shrink film that is applied to the indoor window frame with double-stick tape, then heated with a hair dryer to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles. Check out our tutorial in the link below.

Pros: Cheap and effective.
Cons: Gives windows a cloudy, shrink-wrapped look.

3. Cellular Shades: Cellular Shades insulate while still letting in light through the windows. They can be ordered and custom cut from home and design centers. We found a good set of step-by-step instructions for installation here.

Pros: They let in light and can be custom-fitted for doors and windows.
Cons: They can be expensive and may not insulate as much as heavier curtains.

4. Layered Curtains or Insulated Curtains: Use heavy fabrics or layered curtains over the windows to keep out drafts. Or, purchase insulated curtains with built-in thermal backing.

Pros: Looks good, can be matched to your home decor.
Cons: Curtains can be expensive and heavy drapes can block out light.

5. Draft Snakes: Draft snakes are fabric tubes placed on a window sill or under a door to prevent cold air from creeping in. You can make one by sewing a tube of fabric to fit the width of your window and filling it with dried rice.

Pros: Cheap, easy to make as a DIY project.
Cons: It only insulates the window sill, not the glass or frame.

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A September to Remember: Amazing Special Offer From Green T!

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Yes, you read that correctly, September is right around the corner. Which means colder weather is coming too. So now is the time to start thinking about replacing those drafty windows. And what better time than during our September to Remember special. During the month of September ONLY, if you purchase 10 of our custom made windows, you receive a free patio door with blinds! Sounds like something you’re interested in? Great give us a call today!

Now you might be asking yourself how do I know if I should replace my windows? Easy, here’s four reasons why you should replace your windows.

1. Brrrr…. That’s quite a breeze coming through.

Drafty windows are never a good thing. They cause your energy bill to sky rocket, and can make relaxing around your house uncomfortable. To see if you have drafty windows, close windows tightly and see if you can feel a breeze or cold air coming through. You may think that it’s just a minor leak, however minor leak turns into big leaks. So replace them now before they cause bigger issues in the future.

2. You have difficulty shutting or opening your windows.

If you’re having difficulty opening or shutting chances are your frame is settling, which can lead to future structural damage over time by forcefully opening and closing the windows. You want to be able to enjoy the nice fall breeze that is right around the corner, let us help you enjoy all that fresh air by replacing those hard to open windows.

3. There’s moisture inside the window panes.

This could be a sign that the window seal could have failed. Not only is the window now allowing moisture to get inside the window panes, the insulating value of the window is now generally reduced. Now keep in mind that if your seeing moisture on the outside of the glass this a pretty normal occurrence.

How can you tell if it’s inside or outside? Easy go over to the window and touch the window, do you feel the moisture, great! This means the moisture is on the outside and the seal isn’t broken. Don’t feel the moisture? That means it is time to replace them with one our custom made windows. A bonus about our windows is that it comes with a lifetime warranty against seal failure

4. Your Energy Bill is Outrageous

We all feel like our own bills are outrageous, take a look again at your energy bills. Are your heating and cooling costs high? Low-energy efficient windows can be the cause. Replace those less efficient windows with one of our custom made ones and save during our September to Remember special and save money of heating costs this winter.

Green T’s Best Spring Cleaning Tips for Windows

We’ve compiled the best spring cleaning tips to keep your windows sparkling and looking their best.

Bay Window with Casement Flankers1. Clean glass with a squeegee – Paper towels can leave traces of fibers and streaks. Using a squeegee eliminates those concerns and also decreases the amount of time spent getting a streak free finish. Use a soft cloth to dry your window if necessary.

2. Use your vacuum attachments – Using the narrowest vacuum attachment to clean your window tracks is the first step to clean window tracks! The vacuum should remove any large debris, dirt, and dust that may have accumulated over the winter.

3. Clean window tracks with a toothbrush – The best way to get in the groves and small corners of your window track is to use a toothbrush or old electric toothbrush and cleaning solution. Just make sure to label the toothbrush so no one tries to use it for teeth later!

4. Use vinegar as a cleaner – using a solution that is 1 part vinegar to 2 or 3 parts water does a great job gently cleaning your dirty windows with supplies that may already be in your home. Bonus: it’s pet and kid safe.

5. Clean screens with a garden hose – Take screens off windows and lay in grass or other non-muddy surface outdoors (make sure you have an organizing system so they go back on their proper windows) Use the strongest wash setting on your garden hose to clean your screens in record time. Use a scrub brush to get any tough, grimy spots. When one side of your screen dry, flip and repeat.

6. Refresh your curtains – Toss your curtains in the dryer on the air-fluff cycle for 10 -15 minutes and hang immediately for a quick refresh that perfectly frames your windows.

7. A throwback tip – give your windows an extra buff shine with a crumpled newspaper. Run the crumpled paper over your window a few times. This tip is an oldie, but a goodie!

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The Benefits of Replacement Windows with Low-E Glass

About Low E WindowsThe windows of a home are often replaced for one or both of these reasons: to improve the overall appearance of the home and increase its energy efficiency.  

The vinyl frames of new replacement windows can greatly improve the situation on both fronts but coated Low-E glass can really boost the energy efficiency of a home.

The coating on Low-E glass prevents the sun’s UV rays from entering the home which brings several benefits in addition to increased energy efficiency.

Green T Windows offers a variety of new vinyl replacement windows that all feature Low-E glass.

For a free estimate call: (630) 717-0007

The coating on Low-E glass windows works by stripping sunlight of its long-wave radiation, which is the heat source, while allowing short-range radiation, the light, into the home.  Radiation is the leading cause of heating and cooling loss in homes so reflecting the radiation while still allowing the light to pass through greatly improves the heating and cooling efficiency.

Related: The Benefits of Effective Air Sealing for Your Home

While improved energy efficiency is the main benefit of Low-E glass, blocking the sun’s radiation also leads to several other benefits:

  • Improved Comfort: Not only does Low-E glass reduce the radiant heat level of a home, but it also reduces condensation, mold, and mildew as well as outside noises.
  • Lower Energy Bills: Improved energy efficiency means that the heating and air conditioning will have to run less often which leads to lower bills.
  • Protection of Furnishings: Radiation from the sun can cause the color on drapes, carpet, and furniture to fade and Low-E glass reduces this possibility by blocking the radiation.
  • Improved Appearance: Replacement Low-E glass windows not only improve comfort and energy efficiency, but they can also improve the appearance of your home as well.

Installing new vinyl windows with Low-E glass can improve the appearance of your home while also improving the energy efficiency and overall comfort inside the home.

Green T Windows offers vinyl replacement windows with Low-E glass in a range of different styles including double hung, garden windows, sliders, pictures, and more.

Contact Green T Windows to learn more about the benefits of our Low-E glass replacement windows. Call Us: (630) 717-0007

Installing New Hopper Windows

When it comes to window replacement, the first windows that come to mind are the double hung and picture windows that are found throughout most homes.  Sometimes homes have small windows in certain spaces that are often occupied by hopper windows.  Hopper windows are small windows with full opening and closing functionality that are usually installed in rooms with limited space like basements and bathrooms.  New hopper windows can not only improve the look of these spaces, but also improve the energy efficiency of your house for lower utility bills.

Hopper windows can enhance the appearance and design of a room and when they are installed next to larger windows such as a picture window, they can help create a truly unique look.  These windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top to let in sunlight and fresh air without allowing in rain.  The design of these windows also makes them very easy to clean.  In addition to the improvement in the look of the room, new hopper windows help improve your home’s security and energy efficiency.

The design of the opening mechanism of hopper windows provides security in rooms that are particularly vulnerable.  These windows have a locking mechanism towards the top of the frame that locks the lever handle where it opens for effective security.  The other advantage of new replacement hopper windows is the improvement in energy efficiency.  Hoppers are the most energy efficient small windows available because they can allow in more air for ventilation when open and their thick glass helps form an effective seal when closed.  You should consider installing a screen with your hopper window if you plan on keeping it open for air.

The one disadvantage of hopper windows is that there are no window treatments that provide adequate privacy with this style.  The best way to ensure your privacy with hopper windows is to have films or tinting added to the window or get a window with etched glass.  If privacy is a concern for you, the window installation experts of Green T Windows can help you choose a hopper window that offers privacy.

If you are considering replacing the hopper windows in your home, contact Green T Windows to learn about our vinyl replacement options.  Our hopper replacement windows are available in a range of frame colors including white, almond, oak, bronze, green, and brick red among others and the vinyl frames form a tight seal that can help bring up to a 60% return on investment.  Talk to one of our window installation professionals to get started on your new window installation.

The Benefits of Effective Air Sealing for Your Home

While many homeowners may not immediately notice air leaks around their home, the effects of the air leaks are very noticeable. 

Homes that are not properly sealed tend to have higher utility bills and are more susceptible to moisture damage which could cause structural issues or lead to mold growth.

Making sure that your home is properly sealed throughout is very beneficial as it could help lower your utility bills, improve the comfort of your home, and help decrease its exposure to moisture.

If you believe that your home is not sealing properly, make sure to inspect areas where air leaks are common to look for and repair any problems.  The most common areas for air leaks include drilled holes for pipes or cables, attics and basements, and windows or doors that are not properly sealed.

Holes or gaps in these areas can be repaired with gap-filling materials such as caulk or weather stripping and if your windows or doors are not sealing properly, they can be replaced to form a better seal.

The following are important benefits of making sure your home is properly sealed.

Lower Energy Bills

Homes that are not properly sealed are consistently losing air which means that the heating and cooling is leaking out.  This causes the HVAC system to work harder and turn on more often to get your home to the set temperature.

If your home is sealed properly, the HVAC system will heat or cool your home more efficiently while using less energy which will result in lower energy bills.  The increased efficiency of the HVAC system will also make your home feel more comfortable.

Related: The Benefits of Replacement Windows with Low-E Glass

Less Moisture

Improper sealing not only causes air to leak out, but it also allows moisture or water to leak into your home.  Excess water or moisture can lead to a range of problems such as warped wood and drywall and mildew or mold growth.

Homes that are sealed properly have a much lower risk of developing these problems because they prevent excess moisture from getting in.

Vinyl Replacement Windows Improve Sealing

If your home has old windows, replacing them with vinyl replacement windows can drastically improve the air sealing.  Green T Windows provides and installs several styles of vinyl replacement windows that help improve air seepage by forming a tighter seal that lasts longer than the seal formed by windows with wood or metal frames. Many of our windows also have insulated glass options to reduce air seepage even further.

Inspect your home to make sure that it is properly sealed throughout and if you are losing air through old windows, contact Green T Windows for our vinyl replacement windows.

Things to Consider When Buying Replacement Windows

There are many ways a homeowner can make upgrades to their home and one such upgrade that makes a significant difference is replacement windows.  When windows become worn out, they allow air seepage to occur from the outside which could contribute to higher energy bills.  New replacement windows form a tighter seal to help reduce energy costs and they can also improve the look of your home.  Full window replacement is a pretty big project and it is helpful to take the following ideas into consideration when shopping for replacement windows or a window replacement professional.

Installation Price

During the consultation with a window replacement professional, it is important to remember to discuss the installation price.  Some companies have discounts on the installation if multiple windows are installed and others may include the price of the installation in the overall purchase price of the windows.  It is also important to make sure that the installation services are personalized to your home for better quality installation.

Glass Quality

Many replacement windows come with high quality glass that is either double paned or coated with a specialized coating to help improve energy efficiency.  Double paned windows consist of two layers of glass with a gas between the panes that helps reduce air leakage to retain the heating or cooling within the house.  Specially coated glass such as Low-E glass strips sunlight of its heat to prevent the sun from heating up the home.  Quality window replacement companies will offer new windows with one of these glass types.

Frame Quality

The frame of the window is important for forming the seal that provides insulation and reduces air transfer for improved energy efficiency.  Window frames are available in several materials such as wood, aluminum, vinyl, and fiberglass.  Each material has positive and negative aspects to its function and upkeep.  Make sure to research into what frames a company offers so that you get the window frames that work best for your home.

Energy Certification

Another important aspect to look for when getting new windows is their energy certification.  Most replacement windows are built to improve energy efficiency and will have Energy Star certification.  Windows that have the Energy Star logo meet the qualifications for Energy Star certification and contribute to improved energy efficiency with no sacrifice in performance.  Make sure to look for the Energy Star logo on new replacement windows.

Warranty information

Many companies may claim to offer lifetime warranties on their replacement windows but it is important that you read the terms and conditions of the warranty to make sure that a true lifetime warranty is being offered.  Read over the warranty carefully and do not hesitate to ask questions before making a decision on purchasing the windows.

If you are looking to get new windows for your home, make sure to take these principles into consideration when shopping for replacement windows and a company to install them.  It is important to research the energy efficiency of the window features as well as the installation price and warranties offered by the companies themselves.  Green T Windows offers Energy Star certified vinyl replacement windows with pure virgin vinyl frames that are resistant to cracking and Low-E glass for improved energy efficiency.  Contact Green T Windows to learn more about our replacement window options and installation process.

Proper Window Cleaning Techniques for the Spring Season

The Chicago area is getting a taste of enjoyable spring weather and many homeowners in the area are opening their windows up to let in the spring air and sunshine.  The spring season is also the time of year when homeowners focus on home cleaning projects and the windows are one aspect of the home that needs to be cleaned after a long winter.  Having clean windows will not only improve the look of your home, but also allow in more sunlight.  The following are some tips for effective window cleaning that will result in clear windows.

Window cleaning is not a very difficult task as far as home cleaning projects go but it is beneficial to use proper cleaning methods for the best possible results.  The first step is to make sure you have the proper supplies.  These supplies should include a store-bought window cleaner or homemade cleaning solution consisting of water and vinegar, 3 microfiber towels or cloths, and some newspaper.  You should not use paper towels because they leave streaks and fibers on the windows.

Once you have the necessary supplies, it is important to follow these steps for the best results.  First, wipe down the window with one of the clean microfiber towels to remove dust and dirt from the glass and frame.  Then spray the window liberally with the cleaning solution and use the second microfiber towel to wipe off the cleaner.  The third towel should be used to wipe down the window a second time to completely remove the cleaner.  You can then finish off the job by wiping the window a final time with crumpled newspaper.

So as you open up your windows this spring and tackle other spring cleaning tasks, make sure to set some time aside to clean each of your windows.  This will help improve the look of your home and increase the amount of sunlight entering your home.  If you are looking to have some or all of your windows replaced this spring, contact Green T Windows.  We carry new vinyl windows in a variety of styles and provide full installation services.

Choosing a Color for Your New Replacement Windows

How to Choose color replacement windows

Once you decide to have windows replaced in your home, choosing the window style and type of frame is just part of the decision; new window frames have several color options as well. 

There are several things to consider when deciding on a color for new window frames and the color of the frames can differ on the interior and exterior.  Green T Windows offers several interior and exterior color options for each window type.

The following are things to consider when choosing a color for your replacement vinyl window frames.

Walls and Exterior

When deciding on a color for the window frames, it is important to take the color of the walls as well as the exterior of your home into consideration.

The trick is to choose a color for the frames that compliments the color of the walls without clashing or competing.  If you need assistance choosing a color that compliments the color of your walls or exterior of your home, consult a color wheel or one of our window installation professionals for help.


If the color scheme is not consistent throughout your home or you feel like a bold color would clash too much with the existing design, then neutral colors may be your best option for the window frames.

Neutral colors for window frames may include off-white and brown colors such as almond or tan.  These colors are great for adding depth to your windows without clashing with the color of the interior or exterior of your house.

Consider No Color

Even though our vinyl replacement windows come in several colors, that does not mean that you have to choose a color for your windows.

Replacement window frames are available in white and off-white which can create a clean, sharp look and they will match your home regardless of the color and design.  White window frames are an excellent option if you cannot decide on a good color to go with your home.

Related: Benefits of Vinyl Replacement Windows

If you are having new windows installed in your home, consider these things when deciding on a color for the window frames.

Remember that window frames can be two different colors; one for the interior and one for the exterior.

Green T Windows offers all of our vinyl replacement windows in several color options as well as wood color options including light oak, dark oak, and cherry.

Contact Green T Windows to discuss the different color and style options for new vinyl replacement windows.

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Green T Windows installs new made in the USA replacement windows to homes in Aurora, Naperville, Elgin, Joliet and the entire Chicago suburban region.

Installing Garden Windows in Your Home

The spring season is the time of year for fresh gardens and home improvement projects and homeowners can combine both of these principles with the installation of garden windows in their homes this spring.  Garden windows are a unique addition to a home that allow in more sunlight than most window styles and also provide a place for plants and herbs to grow indoors, even during the winter.  They are available with frames in several color options to match the existing décor of the exterior and interior of a home.

One benefit of installing a garden window is that they create a greenhouse effect that allows plants to grow and thrive all year round in your home.  Garden windows have the appearance of trapezoidal boxes with glass panes all around that form a sort of enclosure.  This enclosure allows in plenty of sunlight and ventilation which helps the plants thrive on your window sill.  Homeowners can create a unique indoor garden for their garden windows by using any combination of plants, window boxes, and other objects.  These indoor gardens can also survive in the winter to give a home a touch of spring in the coldest months.

In addition to providing a place for an indoor garden, garden windows also benefit a home by allowing in more sunlight and increasing the energy efficiency of the home.  The increased glass surface of garden windows allows more sunlight to enter a room and the Low-E glass is heat resistant which keeps heat within the home during the winter and prevents heat from the sun from entering the home in the summer.  The tight seal formed by new vinyl frames also decreases heat transfer which results in higher energy efficiency for lower heating and cooling bills.  These energy savings help garden window yield a return on investment of over 60 percent.

If you are looking for a unique window option to put in your kitchen, garden windows are energy efficient and provide a space for an indoor garden that will survive through the entire year.  Green T Windows provides vinyl garden windows available in several color options that will provide a unique touch of elegance to the room.  Contact Green T Windows to learn ore about our available garden window options.