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The Different Types Of Windows For Your Home

The Different Types Of Windows For Your Home

Whether you are remodeling your house, building a new home, or just looking into replacing your windows, there are many different window options to be aware of. The choices may seem overwhelming at first, but by choosing the best windows for your situation, you will make your home more beautiful and enjoyable for everybody.

Fixed windows

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    A fixed window is one that cannot be opened, but instead functions only to let in light—and by offering a spectacular view. Many larger windows are fixed because they would be too large to open practically.
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    If you have a room in your home in which you know you will never open the window, and only want to use it for the added sunlight, consider investing in a fixed window. They will be more secure than other window types. Besides this, in most cases, a fixed window will give more protection against the elements. Be sure that the seal is working properly, and no air can escape through it. This will help save on your heating bill in the winter, and your cooling bill during the summer.

    Casement windows

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      One of the most popular places for casement windows is on each side of a bay window, as long as there is enough space for them to open comfortably. This window works through a crank, which is turned to open the window on a hinge from either the left or the right. They open outwards, giving you the option of how far you wish to crank it. If you are looking for an energy-efficient window, these have many benefits, and seal tight when closed.
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      Unfortunately, because of the way these windows are designed, they cannot be placed near a deck. Make sure that the window will be able to swing out to full capacity before purchasing and installing. These windows are common in older homes. If your home is in need of repair, make sure the casements are secure and free of rust. Unless your home is exceptionally old, these windows are difficult to break.

      Hung windows

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        Single-hung windows contain two sashes. The top one is stationary while the bottom is able to move upward, making it easy to bring a small breeze into your home. They were a popular style in earlier years, and have been coming back in newer homes recently. While these are more energy efficient than their counterparts, there are some functions that the double-hung window can better accomplish.
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        Double-hung windows are similar to single-hung, except for the fact that both sashes can move. Instead of only the bottom part moving, while the top remains stationary, both the top and the bottom can move with these windows. The sashes slide vertically along the frame of the window, letting you open to just a crack, or more. Because all the panels fit inside the window pane, it doesn’t hang out, or get in the way of anything else in your home.

        If you are looking for the most energy-efficient window for your money, double-hung windows are probably not the best option for you. They have been known to leak more air than almost any other window. Although you can open the window from either end, only half of it is able to be open at any given time.

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        Sliding windows

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          Like hung windows, a sliding window uses a panel, except in this case moved sideways from left to right to open. This is one of the most common types of windows for homes. It is easy to open, and with fixed screens put into place, will be safe from bugs.

          With a large enough sliding window, you will have an additional emergency exit in case of disaster. Make sure that it is working properly, and that you know how to remove the screen quickly should something happen.

          When updating your windows, there are many different options to choose from. Select the ones that work best for your home. Depending on the room you are in, you might want to incorporate different windows into the home. Look for the most energy efficient, and the best value you can find.

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          How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

          How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

          Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

          But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

          Sight – Visual Stimulation

          The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

          1. Maximize your exposure to light.

          Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

          Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

          2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

          Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

          Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

          Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

          3. Take note of your environment.

          Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

          By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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          Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

          What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

          4. Engage in conversation.

          Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

          Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

          Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

          Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

          5. Listen to upbeat music.

          Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

          Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

          Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

          If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

          6. Work your nose.

          Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

          If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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          Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

          Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

          If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

          7. Have a good breakfast.

          Start off with the most important meal of the day.

          Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

          Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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          8. Drink lots of water.

          Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

          So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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          9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

          Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

          Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

          Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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          Touch – Tactile Stimulation

          Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

          10. Splash cold water on your face.

          Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

          This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

          5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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          11. Use acupressure.

          Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

          Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

          12. Get moving.

          Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

          And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

          You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

          Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

          Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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