Baby near the double-pane train

Who put baby in the corner of this double-pane?

Double-pane windows promise an insulation value double that of single-pane but don’t always deliver. Pat Bushway bought a 29-year-old house in Hampton, New Hampshire with double-pane windows that blew drafts as if they were old-fashioned single-pane windows.

“They’re just really drafty,” Pat said.

Often people seek out Indow Windows when they have older homes with just a single-pane of glass separating them from the cold weather outside, but we work wonders on newer homes with more modern windows that just aren’t performing as they should be.

Pat called Clearview Sunroom & Window in Dover and bought 24 Indow Windows to make her home more comfortable for this coming winter so she could get away from blow drying plastic sheeting over her view to the outside world. She is looking forward to watching them perform and so are we!

Another double-pane window story that caught our attention could be a cautionary tale about moving too quickly to replace single-pane windows with expensive double-panes. A report by The Snell Group found problems in 10-year-old double-pane windows filled with argon gas made by a reputable company. Just 10 years old! Condensation formed in the center and some even imploded. The reason? The report found that argon escaped from the window but wasn’t easily replaced by air, creating negative pressure in the space between the two panes. That pushed the two panes of glass close together, which led to heat transfer and during the right conditions, condensation in the window’s center.

Remember this: Indow Windows provide real double-pane performance at a fraction of the price and leave beautiful old windows intact.

Are you having similar trouble with your double-pane windows? Ask for the free white paper by The Snell Group, A Unique Thermal Problem Found in Certain Double-Glazed Windows (Hint: click on buildings.)

Brad&LaurenInstall2Today is the longest day of the year when that glorious sun shines on and on. After dinner, you can play capture the flag, ride your bike, walk or talk on the porch for hours. Sleep? Trickier for sure.

To stay healthy, sharp and creative adults need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re battling the late night and early morning sun with these long summer days, Indow Windows  blackout panels block all light and make a room super dark. (Like I-can’t-see-my-hand-in-front-of-my-face dark.) They’re perfect for shift workers who might as well be experiencing the summer solstice every day since they’re always trying to sleep when the rest of the world is awake! They hush a room too, quieting all early morning sounds be they crows, traffic, garbage trucks or troubadours.

Dark, quiet rooms can help improve a person’s sleep tremendously. But other things can help too. Read more on healthy sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation.

Brooklyn photo number 2New York City winters are tough. New York City winters with enormous windows so drafty they send the shade swinging back and forth are merciless, powerful monsters. This was Laurie Duncan’s seasonal cross to bear in the converted warehouse-apartment she and her husband bought 17 years ago in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill.

Not only was it uncomfortable, the sharp temperature swings between the heat being on or off were destroying her husband’s guitars.

But what ultimately spurred them to fortify their home against the brutal weather was a quest for energy efficiency. They had just finished swapping every single incandescent bulb with an LED in their elaborately lit place and their energy bills were plummeting.

“We were so excited we were making such strides in our energy consumption and monetary outlay,” said Laurie. “We asked, ‘What else can we do?’”

They were staring straight through it: strengthen those windows to stop the drafts that could be felt a foot away! Their loft-style apartment is one room with three huge single-pane wood-framed windows in a landmarked building. Replacing them would cost a fortune. Trying to blow dry plastic wrap over them would be Quixotic. They needed something simple, easily removable, affordable and effective.

So they kept researching. And then she found Indow Windows.

“And I went crazy: this is the most obvious idea ever and it doesn’t seem like anyone has ever thought of it.”

Her windows were completely out of square with almost a full inch difference in width from the top to the bottom.

“It narrows and slants,” she said. “Nothing is flat and nothing is at 90 degrees. Is it going to be possible to accommodate that?

Since Indow Windows are laser-measured to ensure a precise fit, it doesn’t matter how much a window has settled into a trapezoid or parallelogram.  Laurie did have challenging windows, but with her help and persistence Indow Windows and our dealer, Ciel Power in Lyndhurst, N.J., got a great fit. And she solved her problem.

“They look perfect and no one knows they’re there,” said Laurie. “It has truly improved the quality of our life, which I know sounds like a ridiculously cliched thing to say.”

And while she didn’t buy the Indow Windows for their noise reduction properties, the quiet they provide is arresting. In New York, Laurie explained, people automatically filter out noise because otherwise “your head would explode.” The buses, the sirens, the English pub across the street that gets loud during televised soccer matches are now all hushed.

She conquered the noise and has slayed New York winters. And we’re grateful she tells everyone about her secret weapon!

 

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Sam speaking at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network event at the McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland.

It was a great moment for Sam: he had just installed the first Indow Windows prototypes into his window frames. Here was a way to block drafts and make his 1906 Craftsman bungalow more energy efficient. He had invented something to address his long-standing worry about climate change.

It was so simple, he told the crowd at the recent Oregon Entrepreneurs Network event titled “School of Hard Knocks” where entrepreneurs from around the state shared stories of perseverance and tenacity in creating their companies.

The elation he felt when he went to bed evaporated the next morning when he came downstairs to find the acrylic inserts had all flopped out of his windows. That disappointment was the beginning of a long road. He quickly realized most windows are out of square, slight trapezoids and parallelograms.

For his simple invention to work, he would ultimately have to help develop a complicated software program so people could precisely measure their out-of-square windows all over the country.

Talk about something simple turning into something really hard.

That whole experience played a role in defining the company values later on: creativity, discipline, confidence and humility.

“Creativity helps us come up with completely innovative new solutions that help us do things in new ways,” he told the crowd. “Discipline helps us make six-foot-by-four-foot polygons that are going to fit perfectly in a home in New Jersey and aren’t going to have to be shipped back to the factory for a rework.

“Confidence allows us to dare to risk new things. Humility allows us to learn from the mistakes we dare to make. “

And those values fuel us toward an important goal: lowering our price to $15 a square foot while raising production wages and maintaining company gross margins – all so that we can continue to make the built environment more energy efficient!

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Margie Hoffman, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Energy Advisor, and State Rep. Multnomah County Commissioner-Elect Jules Bailey at the Indow Windows factory. Sam tells the crowd, “Climate change is the fundamental socioeconomic issue of our time.”

It’s no secret Oregon is the epicenter of the energy efficiency movement. This week some of the most creative and effective minds in developing a more energy efficient built environment joined us on the Indow Windows factory floor to celebrate Oregon’s commitment to the clean energy economy.

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Clean Energy Works CEO Derek Smith and Indow Windows Founder Sam Pardue

We powered down our loud saws and production stopped early while everyone gathered to talk about what the future holds now that Oregon has committed to helping fund Clean Energy Works, a nonprofit providing home performance upgrades throughout the state.

Governor Kitzhaber’s Energy Advisor Margie Hoffman, State Rep. and Multnomah County Commissioner-Elect Jules Bailey, Clean Energy Works CEO Derek Smith and Tom Kelly, president of Neil Kelly, all took the podium to speak about the important work ahead.

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Our factory floor was packed! We’re glad to see so much support right here at home.

It’s exciting to think the state’s $10 million investment will lead to energy upgrades in 600,000 homes, 60,000 good jobs and ultimately $100 billion in economic development opportunity.

Every day at Indow Windows we’re working hard to make thermal window inserts that improve the energy efficiency of the built environment but also create good paying jobs for Oregonians. We’re committed to becoming as efficient as we can to continually raise production wages and make our product as affordable as possible. After all, there are one billion leaky single-pane windows in the U.S. that need saving!

Which leads to the most important reason we do what we do: climate change. Our CEO Sam Pardue said it well to the gathering of 100 or so people: he wants to redefine climate change not as environmental issue but one of the greatest socioeconomic challenges of our day.

While it’s hard to blame any one event on climate change, the unstable climate is leading to more catastrophic weather events like Typhoon Haiyan that slammed into the Philippines six months ago –  the most powerful storm ever recorded to hit land.

Today, two million people still live without adequate shelter and of the 18,456 classrooms destroyed, only 51 have been rebuilt. Climate change is creating devastating poverty around the world, making it imperative to shrink our carbon footprint.

“Climate change is the fundamental socioeconomic issue of our time and the work the legislature has done to fund Clean Energy Works is incredibly important,” Sam said. “It’s just the start of a long road ahead and I want to applaud you all and celebrate the work that’s been done so we can get back to work with really good hearts to do more.”

Our loud saws are back at it today!

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The story of how Michael Hofler came to be the new Creative Director at Indow Windows started with his house.

It’s an A. Quincy Jones house, built in 1960, a beautiful example of mid-century modern architecture in East Portland. Michael and his wife, Karen, love this house. Its clean lines. Its flow – with every square inch designed to maximize living. Its efficiency: large eaves that shield the hot summer sun from casting too much light on the floor but in the winter allow it to travel far enough to brighten and warm the house.

Hofler front of houseIt’s a treasure, Michael says. “And I won’t sell it  - at least not to anyone who planned to change A. Quincy Jones’s vision in any way.”

But as with houses of that era, it has single-pane glass, making it chilly and drafty in the winter and allowing radiant heat buildup in the summer.

Replacing the windows would have cost more than $23,000 and marred the structure’s architectural integrity.

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That’s when Michael found Indow Windows. He realized they were just the thing to make his house even better by blocking drafts and keeping the original windows intact.

“Indow Windows has helped my house become more efficient without altering its character,” he said. “I think that’s really important. The inserts just make perfect sense. I’m amazed that someone hadn’t thought of it sooner.”

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While checking out the Indow Windows website, he saw the company needed a creative director. As a brand design director, he had been looking for a company small enough that it didn’t already have a solidified brand.

He wanted to help build something from the ground up. And when he met founder and CEO Sam Pardue and the rest of the Indow Windows team, he knew he could help.

“As soon as I met Sam I knew it would be a good fit. Like the fact that he allowed his staff to post playful out-take videos on the site showed that he and the company didn’t take itself too seriously,” he said.

“To me it was a sign that the company had the sort of culture I’d been looking for.”

In discovering Indow Windows Michael found a solution for his home and a career path with a clean tech startup that supports his desire to help the planet, rather than take away from it. He’s excited about the visual changes he has planned for the Indow Windows brand and is looking forward to the year ahead.

 

Finnerty Dining RoomBoy, do we love to help people in distress, much as Maggie Finnerty once was. Maggie lives in one of those big houses with wavy, leaded-glass Craftsman windows that make you sigh because they’re so old and full of character.

But oh, the noise. A busy Northeast Portland thoroughfare had built up around her house in the 100 years since it was constructed. An auto body shop had opened next door. It wasn’t long after moving in that the racket prompted her and her partner, Don, to think about selling it even though it was such a dreamy house.

Maggie slept with earplugs and still got woken up. Their infant son needed his naps.

Also, the 1913 Craftsman windows leaked, scoring the lowest possible on an air leakage test. But replace that wavy leaded single-pane glass? Ha!

Our favorite part of a story like this is that even though we sell something that sounds kind or ordinary at first – “thermal window inserts” – we can be like super heroes, like Captain Comfort or The Quiet Shadow or Indow Window Woman!

Finnerty Office NoiseWe can provide instant comfort and quiet and we can save old windows. Maggie put acoustic grade inserts into her first-floor bedroom and dining room windows, which block up to 70 percent of sound (check out this funny dramatized video our founder did about how well they work).

Like all the inserts we handcraft here in our Portland factory, they make a room instantly more energy efficient.

“It’s made a huge difference,” she said.

They no longer talk about moving. One of the things Maggie likes best? The inserts are nearly invisible.

“Unless you know they’re there, you don’t know they’re there.”

Right, so maybe, it’s like Invisible Indow Window Woman to the rescue….

Corner detail-Shade Grade-Small-1-RGB-MH-03-14We’ve got you covered when it’s cold and drafty and now we have your back when it’s hot, hot, hot. This week we proudly launched Indow Windows in Shade Grade. They’re like sunglasses for your home, shielding searing summer sun through your windows to keep you cooler and more comfortable.

By reducing solar heat gain, Shade Grade acrylic window inserts make a home more energy efficient and reduce air conditioning bills. And like all Indow Windows, they instantly hush a room by dampening outside noise coming through single-pane windows by up to 50 percent (take that, early morning garbage truck!)

Solar radiation through a home’s windows can dramatically spike temperatures. Shade Grade inserts with their soft green tint still let in plenty of light while reducing solar heat transmitted through windows by almost half. Enjoy bright summer light without sweltering heat.

This latest innovation was something we had been wanting to put out there for a while. Our Standard Grade insert is typically used by homeowners looking to create super comfortable living spaces by blocking cold winter drafts although they actually do a stellar job of blocking hot air too. What they don’t do is stop the heat of the sun from entering the interior space. And that’s where Shade Grade excels. 

“To solve the air conditioning energy consumption problem, we needed an Indow Window that could block the sun’s heat from entering the room,” said CEO Sam Pardue who invented Indow Windows to insulate his lovely 1906 Craftsman home that’s just a short bike ride from our warehouse and offices on North Interstate Avenue in Portland. 

Indow Windows are acrylic inserts that simply press into the interior of a window frame using our patented silicone Compression Tube. Do they require destructive mounting hardware? No. Are they a perfect choice for beautiful, historic windows? Yes. 

Worldwide, buildings account for one-third of energy consumption. Making homes and businesses more energy efficient has a direct impact on carbon emissions. So while Shade Grade inserts provide comfort and energy savings, they help keep the planet cool too. (Which is one reason we launched on Earth Day!) 

Indow Windows come in six other grades that will make your life awesome: UV-blocking Museum Grade, light-diffusing Privacy Grade, light-blocking Blackout Grade, scratch-resistant Commercial Grade, super sound-dampening Acoustic Grade and of course our comfort-inducing Standard Grade.

Shade Grade is ideal for homeowners of the South and Southeastern United States. But frankly with climate change causing such erratic weather including some searing hot summer weather in parts not used to searing hot summer weather, a set of Shade Grade panels would be useful for others too. Like every Indow Window, they simply press in and can be easily popped out. Why not a set of Standard Grade for winter and Shade Grade for summer?!

 

 

IW-Company-PhotoEarth Day was established April 22,1970 to bring attention to the state of the environment with 20 million people across the country rallying for environmental reform. Now 44 years later, it’s a worldwide event with more than 200 million people celebrating our home.

We’re big on protecting the Earth, which is the prime reason Indow Windows came to be! We operate our business conscious of the various ways we can decrease our carbon footprint while manufacturing a product that helps homeowners reduce their own.

There’s a lot going on in Portland in honor of Earth Day this year. Visit the Oregon Garden on April 19 for a day of activities and music. On April 22, head over to the South Park Blocks for Portland State University’s Party for the Planet.

On Saturday April 26, the Portland Earth Day Coalition will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration  at Kenton Park with over 75 sustainable businesses and organizations, live music all day and a Kids’ Village run by Circus CascadiaSOLVE IT is at again this year, celebrating Earth Day by bringing volunteers and communities together to tend to parks, neighborhoods and waterways throughout Oregon.

photo-2-e1396975004195Coming up at the end of this month p:ear will host another fantastic party to raise awareness and funds for Portland’s homeless youth. They’ve been at it for 12 years, actively mentoring young people between the ages of 15-24 through education, art and recreation. Each year they serve almost 900 individuals.

They’re committed “to being there for p:ear youth over the long-haul to share failures and successes, mundane events as well as life-altering milestones.”

We are continuing our tradition of donating two Indow Windows and a 20% discount on additional purchases to the April 26 p:earblossoms auction. It’s a fun-filled evening with heaps of sought after items hosted by Poison Waters with live performances by Red Fang, Holcombe Waller and DJ Chris Funk. Dress up in sunset colors and cheer this incredible organization!