How is your window search going? Sort of exasperating? It’s understandable considering how vast the world of windows is. Not all choices are equal, and discerning which high-end window is right for your home is neither a quick nor a simple task. You want a window that emphasizes the unique character and beauty of your home, that harmonizes with (and perhaps stands out from) the architectural conventions of your surrounding neighbors, and that offers the highest amount of security, comfort, and energy efficiency possible. So where to start?

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Great article from HGTV: 8 Types of Windows
From bay windows to casements, learn about your options before purchasing.

Windows and Doors in Portland Oregon

Photo courtesy of Anderson Windows and Doors

What Are Your Needs?
There are many different types of windows that make up the construction of your house. Windows allow natural light to flood your rooms during the day and let in air to keep it fresh and dry. Your windows also help define the style of your house whether it is traditional or modern. You can customize nearly any window to suit your changing tastes and needs. Photo courtesy of Anderson Windows and Doors.

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Leaving your A/C on throughout the summer months can be just as costly as winter heating, but you can reduce your high summer energy bills by following these energy saving tips:

  • For maximum ventilation, open windows both high and low in your home. Doing so
    pulls cool air in from down low and releases hot air up high.
  • Open windows at both ends of your home to let air circulate freely.
  • Close windows and blinds early in the morning before temperatures heat up. Open
    them up again in the evening to flush your home with cooler air.
  • Upgrade to Energy Efficient Windows. By replacing older, single pane windows with
    well-insulated, heat-reflecting energy efficient windows, you will greatly cut
    down on the amount of heat entering (and lingering in) your home.

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There’s so much to enjoy about an indoor/outdoor living space. Whether the effect is achieved through sliding patio doors, French hinged doors, or other clever remodeling innovations, when your indoor living space is connected with the outdoors, the seamless flow between home and garden will lift the spirits and create a sense of roominess and luxury in a way that no other straightforward remodeling project can.

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Windows serve many more functions that one might initially think. They are not simply the medium by which the sunlight enters into our home, they are also moderators of airflow, heat and cold, an accessory to our home’s beauty, and our view to the outside world. When considering purchasing new window replacements, follow these three guidelines to help facilitate your decision-making process.

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Before and after photos are a great way to see how big of an impact vinyl replacement windows can make on your home. Not only do they offer less visible benefits, such as increased energy efficiency, protection from UV rays and noise reduction, but you can choose from vinyl window styles and custom options to perfectly match the look of your home. If you are thinking about an investment in replacing home windows, take a look at our photo gallery to see what a difference they can make!

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doggiedoorIs your cat sitting inside bored all day long? Is your dog chewing up your leather boots because there’s nothing better for her to do? Maybe your critter needs a pet door! Consider: it’s easy for us humans to come and go as we please, but our pets on the other hand (at least, the majority of them) just aren’t able to open the door up and let themselves out for a breath of fresh air.

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We Have Options for Romantics, too!

Oh, that night wind whistling through your bedroom window as you fall asleep–isn’t it romantic? And that foggy condensation that gathers upon your kitchen window—doesn’t gazing through it remind you of childhood daydreaming? Often the reason we fall in love with our home is due to the nostalgia its time-worn windows and doors evoke. Unfortunately, our love for those original windows and doors may keep us turning a blind eye to their obvious problems—and to the necessity for window and door replacements.

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Filter Out Your Lint

Coffee FiltersIf you’re frustrated with lint clinging to your new home windows, try wiping them down with a coffee filter. Unlike using cloth or paper towels which weren’t designed with lint-free cleaning in mind, cleaning your home windows with coffee filters gives you the streak-free gleam you’re after without leaving the specks of fluff and fuzz behind.

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Lemon VinegarWe all know there are hundreds of window cleaning products on the market that promise to protect your windows and make them sparkle and shine, but so many of these products contain toxic chemicals, or are created by companies with much less than admirable environmental track records. So when you’re sprucing up your yard this spring and notice your windows could use a cleaning, consider eschewing the store bought cleaners for homemade and natural products.

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