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Live Green with Windows and Doors

Updated on August 26, 2008
Crank style window
Crank style window

I remember as a very young child wishing our house had a big picture window like our neighbors across the street. Well as I learned later on in life, even though that window was very nice,it was not energy efficient. Basically the bigger the window the less efficient it is and the more windows in a've got it, lost efficiency.

If you have plans on building and living where there is a fantastic view it is well worth it to invest in energy-efficient windows to reduce the negative consequences of lost efficiency.

The placement of windows if you're are building your own home or buying an already built home will affect the amount of heat absorbed in a house.

Windows on the western side of a house can heat up a home in the hot summertime to make it feel hot as an oven. Also that same window can make the room very warm and cozy in winters cold.

Double-hung window
Double-hung window
New Dual-pane window
New Dual-pane window

Types of Windows

Crank style windows operate using cranks and are the most efficient design in a window. They allow for the window to seal tight against the frame. The Double-hung style window that slides sideways or up and down are not as efficient because they have to be able to slide which means there is some looseness which in turn allows air in and out.

Dual-pane windows are made with two sheets of glass with an air cavity between the two panes. In cold weather the space between dual-pane windows fills up with argon and the glass is covered with a low-emissivity coating which allows heat to reflect back into the living areas. On the contrary in warm climates the heat is reflected back outside. The only downside to dual-pane windows is that the chemical made for the window coating can be harmful to the environment and can cause some of the same problems that pesticides do.

Whatever windows use do use make sure they are installed properly with a tight seal so energy is not wasted.

I haven't said anything about doors but the most important thing is to make sure they close with a tight seal and have the proper weather stripping installed. This keeps the temperature inside the house and money in your bank.


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    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks for the positive feedback Damien. I'll make sure I bookmark your site and perhaps in the future make a purchase and refer friends.

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      Damien Cabral 

      9 years ago

      Great article. You made some very important points especially the importance of double pane windows when purchasing larger windows and utilizing low-e coatings on the glass. At Moonworks, we pride ourselves on being green. This is why we only sell Renewal by Andersen replacement windows, which are both green and energy efficient.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks monitor, sorry it took so long but I do appreciate your feedback.

    • monitor profile image


      10 years ago from The world.

      I think the crank windows are great. This article is important.

      Thank you

      Your fan.



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