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Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills In Reality, rarely does the cost of window replacement purely for saving money actually translate into more money in your pocket, as the cost of purchasing and installing windows usually far exceeds the added energy savings. Read more here about when to replace windows and when to repair them. Windows are wi...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...window, and with the right windows on the south side you can gain more heat in the daytime than they will lose at night. For how to choose the best windows for your house, see here . The Demo House has triple-glazed argon-filled wood frame windows from Quebec high performance window manufacturer Elite . Windows on th...

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

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...window placement can easily reduce your heating needs by 25 percent. Window design considerations Operational windows (the ones that open) can work in several ways . Casement and awning windows wind open with a hand crank, s liders slide open sidesways, single and double hung windows open by sliding vertically. S...

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Food production

Growing food indoors

...window has never been easier As we here at Ecohome know all too well, the 100-mile diet can be a bit tricky in the middle of a Canadian winter, unless you eat a lot of ice cubes. Julien Yensen Martin, founder of Biocity, aims to make that easier with his new hydroponic window system. Inspired by the Window Farms ...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows may be a game-changer Suspended-film insulating glass windows are an intelligent way to make windows super high-performance with insulating properties up to R-17, without adding too much weight for window frames to cope with . Since air is an insulator, trapping it (or gas) between two or more panes of glass,...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...window but you really want to produce your own food, you could look for a small grow light. Which plants are best for growing microgreens? A windowsill microgreen garden can be started with leafy vegetable plants, salad greens, herbs . You can either do a mono-crop with one type, or mix it up a bit. Some of the e...

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

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...window frames to rough openings can be a quick and easy step that will further reduce any risk of air leakage between window frames and rough openings. Inset 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...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows? have a lifespan of about 20 years, so it is fairly normal to have to replace them. Window thermal unit, image via Europages Replacing window thermals is often an option, that's done without having to remove and change the entire window, you just remove the trim on the inside of the window (whether it is...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows on the market. Read more about high performance suspended film windows here. How to install windows properly: Proper installation is the key to long window life and high performance . Buying the best windows in the world will be a waste of money if you install them poorly. Windows should be installed airtig...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...window choice is important, and to truly invest in this concept you are best to install at least triple pane gas-filled windows with low-e coatings to ensure that the heat gained in the daytime outweighs the heat lost at night - or if really wishing to Optimize window performance, consider choosing some of the latest g...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course), the list goes on. We have surrounded ourselves with the stuff. So what can we do? Slowly but surely, remove it from your life. Here are some alternatives: Glass shower doors Choosing healthy and durable flooring materials Choosing green kitchen countertops Wood or metal siding for exterior cladding...