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The Different Types Of Windows For Your Home

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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.

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          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 January 27, 2022

          5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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          5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

          Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

          “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

          Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

          Food is a universal necessity.

          It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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          Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

          Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

          Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

          Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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          The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

          Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

          This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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          Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

          Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

          Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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          So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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