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Health Benefits of Natural Light

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Natural Light

There are many advantages to having a lot of natural light in your Silver Springs, Maryland home. The energy savings alone may be enough to make you want to get new replacement windows and skylights. You may also be able to benefit from natural sunlight’s ability to make you healthier. It can be an effective germ killer as well as improve the moods of those around and even help to cure some illnesses. Here is how natural light can be helping you. Continue reading

How to Increase Natural Light in Your Home

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Natural Lighting

There are many ways that you can increase how much natural light comes into your Baltimore, Maryland home or business. By doing this, you are able to save some money on your utilities, stop your eyes from being strained, and it can have a positive psychological and physical effects. Having increase natural light in an area can cause better concentration, better moods, and even a productivity increase at work. Here are a few tips on how to get more natural light into your home.

Maximize Existing Natural Light

One of the simplest things you can do is make sure that the curtains and shades get pulled all the way back and all the way up. By moving furniture that blocks more natural light from entering, natural light will pass to the rest of the room. Continue reading

Types of Window Glass

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There are multiple types of window glass on the market.  Just because you have a broken window doesn’t mean you have to replace it with the exact type.  Look at it as an opportunity to upgrade to the current products being used.  The majority of homeowners do not replace a functioning window but instead wait until they have no choice. The final decision must take into consideration your climate and types of weather.  The Baltimore area experiences multiple seasons so your selection will be different than if you live in the south.  Below we will go through a variety of different types of glass along with their features and functions.  All windows now a days are energy efficient (some more than others) so I won’t continually ad in the “energy efficient” tagline to each one. Continue reading

Energy Star Replacement Windows

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Energy efficient replacement windows

Windows are multi-purposeful. They provide a certain aesthetic quality for the home and can be very complimentary of both the interior and exterior design of a home. They can allow sun to warm the home in the winter months, provide ventilation, allow natural light and a beautiful view for homeowners. The down side is that they can also contribute to up to one fourth of the heating bill when they allow for heat exchange. During the heat of the summer the air conditioner will have to work harder to cool air that is also being heated through sunny windows. Energy Star replacement windows can help give homeowners a break on their energy bills.

What types of energy efficient windows are best?

If the windows in your home are only single paned, then it would be beneficial to replace them with double-paned windows that contain low-e or high performance glass. Gas filled windows can reduce heat loss in colder climates; and in warmer climates homeowners would choose windows with selective coatings to help reduce solar heat gain. There are also some tips that can help make energy efficient windows in Baltimore offer an improved performance. Continue reading

Replacing Broken Windows

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Windows

Up until a few years ago there were very few choices for those building or remodeling a home. But today there are many different types and styles of windows for homeowners to choose from. In general older windows were not expected to provide high levels of insulation as they allowed for heat transfer. This is quite possibly why so much research was expended in developing better window materials. Modern windows are energy efficient which is great, but they can be more difficult to deal with when it comes to having to replace one that is broken. It is imperative that broken windows be replaced as soon as it is feasible. Failing to replace a broken window can end up costing you in energy bills as well as take away from the aesthetic appeal of the home.

Replacing Single Window Panes

It is time consuming but it should not require a background in construction or carpentry to replace a single paned window. Years ago, window frames were made solely of wood, but today’s frames are made from many different types of materials. Most of the time when home renovations are done which include replacement windows, wooden frames are also replaced with more durable options such as aluminum or vinyl. These materials also require a lot less maintenance. However, if a window pane is cracked or broken it will not matter what the frame is made out of, it will need to be replaced. The frame’s material can make replacing broken windows more difficult. Wooden frames are generally the easiest type to work with but it is important to obtain instructions from the manufacturer before beginning. In most cases it is best to hire an experienced window replacement professional in Baltimore to replace broken windows or frames. Continue reading