Creating a healthy home

Make your home your sanctuary

Your home should be more than a place to live. It should contribute to your health and well-being by making you feel stronger, happier and more at peace. Windows and doors can help make that possible.
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Embrace biophilic design

Biophilic design is about connecting our built environments with nature through views, light, air, water, plants and more. Since it’s estimated Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)1, biophilic interior design is really design for healthy living. Windows and doors offer the opportunity to bring views of nature into our homes at any scale – from creating a garden window to replacing a wall with a gliding glass door.

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Projects

Hilton Carter creates a family home

With a baby girl on the way, Carter and his wife, Fiona Vismans, were ready to bring their dream home to life through plenty of natural light and easy access to the outdoors.
Kitchen with white garden window with grids and tan cupboards

Ideas

How to bring the outdoors in with a garden window

Installing a window above your kitchen sink can make everyday life just a bit more enjoyable.
White Oaks Savanna Community, exterior of home in prairie

Projects

In harmony with nature

The White Oaks Savanna community is architecturally master-planned and designed to preserve the lush landscape and native rolling prairie.
Hilton Carter sitting in open-concept sunroom with jungle of plants and modern floor-to-ceiling black door

Projects

Hilton Carter creates a family home

With a baby girl on the way, Carter and his wife, Fiona Vismans, were ready to bring their dream home to life through plenty of natural light and easy access to the outdoors.
Kitchen with white garden window with grids and tan cupboards

Ideas

How to bring the outdoors in with a garden window

Installing a window above your kitchen sink can make everyday life just a bit more enjoyable.
White Oaks Savanna Community, exterior of home in prairie

Projects

In harmony with nature

The White Oaks Savanna community is architecturally master-planned and designed to preserve the lush landscape and native rolling prairie.
Adult and kid inside white bathroom with a dark bronze Andersen Heritage Multi-Slide Patio Door with full divided grilles

Increase natural light

Natural light has been shown to improve mood and energy and promote sleep2. So think about using windows and doors in a way that maximizes the warmth and natural light from the sun. You can do this by placing windows on the south side of a home, if you’re in the northern hemisphere. Of course, with sunlight comes heat. Luckily, you get the final say in how much heat is transferred into your home with our energy-efficient glass options

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Improve indoor air quality

Don't underestimate the benefits of an open window. Pollutants inside the home can be 2 to 5 times higher than what’s found outdoors, according to the EPA3. Placing windows strategically to promote cross ventilation allows fresh air to circulate through the home. Choosing larger windows and even higher-performing insect screens – Andersen® TruScene® Insect Screens let in 25 percent more fresh air than conventional insect screens – can increase fresh air flow into the home. Also, windows and doors that are Indoor Advantage Gold certified (like most of ours) for low VOC emissions help promote clean air, even when they’re closed. 

Person doing yoga in front of white Andersen 400 Series Tilt-Wash Double-Hung windows with 2x2 grilles in the upper sash

Reduce noise levels

Windows and doors open your home to the outside world, which can sometimes include unwanted noise. High-quality windows and doors help muffle outside noise, through the thickness of their glass, spacing between panes and other factors related to their design. Improving your family’s comfort, through creating a calmer home, can start with choosing the right windows and doors.