With the economy in a rapid downward spiral and energy costs shooting through the roof, energy efficient windows are becoming a necessity to every person’s home regardless of the climate you live in.
No doubt wherever you are, it either gets too hot or too cold outside to be able to not use heat or air conditioning. If it doesn’t this writer wants to know where you live because he will move there ASAP.
As is the case with most household materials, you will have different options for a new home being built than you would have for an existing home where you would be replacing old windows. Here we will show you the options available for new home being built.
Energy Efficient Window Options for New Homes
If you’ve got an arched window, but aren’t sure if you can fit curtains for it – here are a few options for fitting arched window curtains for you to consider.
The option you choose will probably depend on how desperate you are to get curtains up at the window concerned, then how large the arch is that the curtains will be covering and finally exactly what sort of aesthetic are you looking for in terms of how the curtains will look, apart from their function as curtains providing privacy.
A Quick Fix for Arched Windows
Proper use of solar shading can save you money and prevent over heating in your home. Everyone likes a house with lots of windows to give their home abundant natural light from the sun. The downside to this is that when summer comes around, the house has a tendency to overheat, feels humid and stuffy, and you turn on the air conditioning, running up energy costs.
Solar shading is the term used by architects, engineers and building system designers referring to a range of passive techniques to deal with overheating due to sun exposure on a building’s exterior. It encompasses:
– External Shading
– Window Glazing and Films
– Internal Blinds
These days you can apply just about any design or effect you want on your windows with decorative window film. Decorative window film is just what is sounds like. It is a thin plastic film that sticks to any flat, clean glass surface to alter its appearance. There are films made to look like professional glass etchings, stained glass windows, frosted glass and much more.
If you’ve already built or are just thinking about building a sunroom, then you’ll want to make sure you’re making the most of it by having the very best sunroom windows fitted in it.
If your sunroom is an older one, perhaps one that was already there when you took over the property, then the technology used in sunroom windows has progressed a lot in the last decade or so and you could improve your sunroom immensely by fitting new sunroom windows.
With many basement windows having metal frames there are several reasons why you might want to remove basement windows in order to replace them. Firstly being made from metal, they can be prone to distorting causing the window panes to shatter; and the unsightly rust that can accumulate in the sub-ground level moist conditions can actually go on to weaken the integrity of the whole window frame.
Do your neighbors keep you up at night or do you live near an airport or any other noisy environment? Before you get ready to move to a quieter place, consider ways to make your own home a more peaceful place to be. If you have a noise problem then soundproofing for windows is your solution. Though most people don’t realize it, the windows are typically the most common way that noise travels in and out of a room.
A soundproofing window is a second window placed behind your existing window that opens and closes just like your current one. There is no need to remove or replace your window to eliminate noise problems.
Casement windows are windows that open via hinges rather than sliding in a frame. No other window can be opened as far. When you open a casement window, you swing the entire window open. Casement windows are very difficult to break into. Casement locks are hook-shaped, and these hooks are embedded within the frame, making them untouchable. They are not hard to remove, but you do need to know what steps to take. Below is a quick guide to casement window removal.
Types of Casement Windows
If you would like to save money when decorating or replacing your window treatments this article will tell you how to make curtain rods. Purchasing curtain rods can be costly. You may spend as much as $50 per window if you buy them from a home improvement store.
You don’t have to purchase expensive window treatment hardware to hang your curtains. Look around the house, the garage, do some dumpster diving, go to the hardware store, or even the Dollar Store. You don’t need much technical know-how to do this; in fact all you really need is a little imagination.
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