JR Smith lives in a Montgomery Ward bungalow outside Washington D.C. just 2 1⁄2 blocks from the train tracks, which is how the kit home was delivered 92 years ago. He loved the house but soon after he moved in he realized he needed help solving multiple window problems.
He loves his home’s four-over-one windows with wavy leaded glass but he wanted to make them more energy efficient. He also wanted to sleep. And he wanted privacy in his bathroom. He used various grades of Indow inserts to make the 1923 windows of his home work for him in a way that didn’t damage their historic integrity.
He started searching for a solution and was surprised to find a new type of window insert that could address all his window issues. The changes were immediate and dramatic. For starters, his utility bills dropped $100 a month even though he made no other energy efficiency changes. And while he hadn’t been trying to block the train noise, the Indow inserts made his home much quieter, muffling the full-blown whistles from the commuter rail and the Amtrak trains.
“The Indow inserts are absolutely fantastic. The exterior noise has been reduced and my utility bill has gone down $100 a month.”
But the differences didn’t stop there. JR used to live in Sicily, Italy where blackout blinds were installed as standard features in bedrooms. In trying to replicate that experience, he bought blackout curtains from the hardware store and taped velcro to the window frame to get a good seal against the light but it still wasn’t 100 percent. Retired from the military, JR has a tendency to wake early, so any light coming in the windows means rise and shine at 5:30 a.m. He wanted to sleep until 7 a.m.
“If there’s a ray of light coming in the window, I’m up,” he said. Before going to bed, he swaps the transparent Standard Grade Indow insert for an Indow Sleep Panel, which provides the same level of energy efficiency but makes the room pitch black so the early morning rays don’t wake him. In the morning, he swaps them out again.
For his bathroom he bought the translucent Privacy Grade so it’s light-filled without the need for curtains.
“I’m an all-around happy camper.”
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