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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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          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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