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The Perfect Basement Apartment

When we got married, my husband and I moved into a lovely brick home. Because we were young and in debt, we would have benefited from being able to rent out a portion of our home to tenants. Unfortunately, our home didn’t include a basement apartment. If your basement is currently not being used, consider transforming it into a basement apartment. Before renting it out to tenants, you will need to make sure it meets certain specifications. For example, most local governments require basement apartments to contain a certain amount of windows. Usually, you will also have to ensure that your windows meet size requirements. On this blog, you will discover how to create the perfect basement apartment with the right windows.

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Want An Energy-Efficient Window? 2 Important Elements To Consider

If you are making energy efficient improvements to your home, make sure that you upgrade to energy efficient windows as well. If you currently have single-pane windows in your home, you are losing tons of energy around your windows. If you want to stop losing energy around your windows, you need to install energy efficient windows.

1. Make Sure Your Windows Have Multiple Panes

The first thing you need to take into consideration is the number of glass panes you want your windows to have. For years, the standard has been two panes of glass, known as double-pane windows. However, you can actually purchase windows with more panes of glass. You can actually purchase triple-pane glass windows now.

Triple-pane windows are more expensive than double-pane windows. However, triple-pane windows use three panes of glass and two layers of argon gas to create an extremely strong and durable window. Triple-pane windows reduce heat transfer from outside to the inside even more than double-pane windows. Triple-pane windows will help keep your house warmer, as well as quieter too. Triple-pane windows help cut down on noise transfer from outside to the inside of your home.

2. Make Sure Your Windows Have a Sturdy Frame

Second, you need to make sure that your window has a sturdy and strong frame around it. The frame around your window is just as important as the window itself. The frame around your window needs to help cut down on heat transfer as well.

There are a variety of different materials that can you can use to frame your windows with. Vinyl is a great material to frame your windows with because it doesn't transfer heat and the material doesn't degrade over time. A vinyl window frame will stay in peak condition for years to come.

Other window frame materials can also help keep your window's secure and reduce energy loss as well. For example, metal window frames are strong and sturdy; however, they do transfer some degree of heat.

Wood window frames also look really great; however, wood window frames can also experience rot if they are not taken care of carefully. On the other side, wood does not transfer heat and will help keep your home warm.

If you are making energy-efficient upgrades to your home, make sure that you consider upgrading your windows. When you upgrade your windows, make sure that you install either double or triple-pane windows with a strong window frame that will not conduct heat and interfere with the energy efficiency of your windows.

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