One of the first things I did when I bought my home was to replace all the windows. I had bought an older home. It was beautiful, but the windows were dated and not designed as they are today to keep heat in and cold out efficiently.
It had less to do with environmental concerns than it had to do with my bank account. One of the nice aspects of taking a green approach to renovation is that the things we can do to help create a sustainable, healthy planet also allow us to have sustainable, healthy finances.
They often reduce our costs by saving energy. And with energy costs these days – seemingly only going up, rarely down – that is a big plus.
Beauty and function
Replacing windows isn’t simply about having windows that are more efficient. It’s also about how your home looks. It’s a visual element as much as it is a functional.
And the variety of windows available today is only getting greater. Here are just some of the standard types of windows available:
- Fixed – a basic window, one that does not open.
- Double hung – a traditional window found in older homes where only the lower half opens.
- Casement – these windows swing open and closed usually with a crank.
- Awning – these windows are like casement windows but swing up and down.
- Sliding – another traditional window, these slide to either side on tracks.
Today’s windows, however, allow us a wide variety of options so while a window may be a standard, traditional style, it can look anything but standard.
Depending on the room, you may choose a traditional square or rectangular window (one of the types mentioned above). On the other hand, you may choose an arched version. You may even go with an angular style – an octagon, for example, or a square/rectangular window with a pyramid-like top.
There are many options. Have you considered something a little more for your windows? For example, you might choose:
- Bay windows
- Bow windows
- Accent windows
- Garden windows
Many of these allow for a window seat because of their style. And they are just some of the possibilities.
In my own situation, I replaced a bedroom window with French swing doors that opened onto the deck. This is an option to consider, be it for a bedroom, dining room, study or just about any room.
The choices are many and offer a wide variety of decorative styles. So it’s possible to not simply make your home more energy efficient and environmentally sound but also beautiful and imaginative. And your pocket book will smile at your home’s added value and energy savings!