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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 September 18, 2020

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

          1. Exercise Daily

          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

          The basic nutritional advice includes:

          • Eat unprocessed foods
          • Eat more veggies
          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

            5. Watch Out for Travel

            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

            6. Start Slow

            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

            Final Thoughts

            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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