Design that makes a difference
Germany is on the cutting edge of the green movement and has produced some of the world’s greatest green products. I was smitten by one product in particular during a recent visit. Despite it’s cutting edge technology, the name is quite simple: Tilt Turn Windows. It may seem odd to have a romance with a window, but truly, these were remarkable and earned each adoring glance. It was not my first time encountering these enchanting contraptions, but they are quite a bit more rare here in America (hopefully not for long!). These dual function windows not only make sense in the way that they operate, they save on energy and increase your homes efficiency.
Function 1: Tilt. With the hardware on one setting you can tilt the window inward, venting at the top. This can even be done with very large windows or even patio doors.
Function 2: Turn. The second setting on the hardware enables you to open the window inward like a door. Fantastic for those gorgeous days when you can’t get enough fresh air and you can actually get your windows CLEAN! The other plus, you can get an unobstructed view of the glorious outdoors.
Energy Efficiency. These windows are perhaps the most energy efficient window you can get. Without getting into a bunch of technical jargon they have very low U-Value (or U-Factor), though varying some brand to brand. What this means to you as a consumer is that their insulation effectiveness is very high. They keep warm air in and cold air out more effectively than almost any other window. Or, if you live anywhere other than Minnesota, cold air in, warm air out. Whichever you like.
When it comes time to replace your windows, check out tilt-turn windows. Not only are they becoming more common here in the States, but they are becoming more affordable as well. Just one more thing we can do to keep our environment healthy and our homes beautiful.