Choosing windows / Guides

Windows and doors

How to install windows

...Choosing higher quality windows on all sides of your home will mean reduced heat loss over a poorer quality window, and with the right windows on the south side...

Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

How to install windows for the best performance and durability

...windows: position windows towards the center of the rough opening rather than installing them flush to the outside. Windows that are installed at the exterior p...

Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

What to look for when buying windows

...windows to reduce energy bills all year round? It is very important to understand that choosing the wrong windows will work against any effort and investme...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...windows: Over time, the seals in windows start to wear down allowing air to leak in and out, in some cases this leads to windows with humidity between the ...

Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - Material options and function

...windows wind open with a hand crank, s liders slide open sidesways, single and double hung windows open by sliding vertically. Single hung windows only sli...

Balanced insulation levels in a home
Efficient home design

Balanced insulation: putting it where it does the most good

...windows on the south can gain more heat in the day than they lose at night, giving you a net heat-gain. Windows on all other sides always result in a net heat-l...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

Choosing between buying, building or renting 1. Building a new home. Building a sustainable and energy efficient house is not necessarily more expens...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...windows. Both these effects are known as natural convection, as opposed to forced convection where the wind or the use of ventilators create a greater impa...

cold climat sk
Windows and doors

Skylights: an asset or a liability?

...Choosing the best skylight: The first thing to realize is that getting the best skylight on the market will not 'save' you energy, it will help mitigate da...

Choosing between renovating and rebuilding
Wall assemblies - renovation

Renovating or tearing down and starting over

...windows’ notice on an online classified listing site and someone may come get them. See our pages on choosing windows to help with selection. Read more about wh...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...windows 5. Kitchen island 6. Large linen closets 7. Open-concept kitchen 8. Large windows 9. Two-car garage ...

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