German vs US Windows

German vs US Windows


and then pretty simple you just lift… I
locked it. hey guys! what’s up it’s Kelly again and welcome back to my channel! for today’s video I am finally getting around to answering one of the most
commonly asked questions I got on my apartment tour video which is what are
American windows like and why do we not open them? but first I want to roll some
footage to show you what German Windows look like because Americans really are
fascinated by this style of window. by turning the handle to the horizontal
position you can open up the entire window just like it’s a door. by turning
the handle completely up you can pull the window back to a tilted position and
a lot of Germans will keep their windows open like this just to maintain a
constant flow of air throughout the entire day. and then by turning the
handle down you lock it closed and that’s the magical German window.
Americans on the other hand have several different styles of Windows but
hands-down the most popular style of window that you’ll see all throughout
the United States is the kind that I have right behind me and I’ll show you
guys how to use it. so this particular apartment building have these guards
that are on the windows and that’s to prevent a child from being able to lift
the window above a certain point I think they would only be able to lift it up to
here. and I’m sure that it really cuts down on any liability issues. I have
never seen something like this before. it was very new to me. I actually had to ask
the maintenance guy when I did a walkthrough of this apartment what these
were and I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be able to remove them or not and
he said that as long as you don’t have any kids in the apartment,
you’re more than welcome to take them down and it’s just like for liability.
okay so on the halfway point so these are two individual panes of
glass here you’ll have locks and so you can just flip them to lock the window or
to unlock the window and then pretty simple you just lift the window up. it’s
pretty noisy out there because we live on like a really busy street in DC so
you can tell how much noise these windows block. yeah you just lift him up
and then there’s like a screen back here, if you guys can see that and it prevents
any bugs from being able to come into the apartment I never saw any screens in
Germany. I think that I’ve read that they have like fabric screens that you can
buy and adhere to the window frame yourself and then maybe there are some
you know manufactured screens that will be installed for you but it just didn’t
really seem as common and I think because a lot of Germans like to be able
to actually look out their window so that would involve them being able to
you know breach the point…the plane that is blocked here. I am not able to stick
my head out the window and look down the street whereas in Germany I was always
able to do that. so anyway, the other way you can open the window is to pull down
these actually don’t do that but you can usually pull the top pane down if you
want the top of the window open instead. Germans open their windows every day to
stosslueften to mean that they’ll open their windows for about 10 minutes
in order to create some airflow throughout their home probably because
they love the fresh air I mean who doesn’t love nice cool fresh air? but
more importantly to prevent the growth of mold. we don’t really have this
cultural norm of opening up our windows for a few different reasons so for one
we just don’t really have as many issues with mold
Germans do as I’m sure many of you know our apartment’s and our houses are built
with walls primarily made from wood and drywall and moisture just acts kind of
differently on those surfaces compared to German walls. German homes are made
with concrete and with stone and moisture will just sit on those walls
whereas in the US moisture will actually be absorbed by that wood and so
you don’t really get any mold. it of course all depends on where you live in
the US but summertime can get really really hot especially in the south and
you would never ever want to open up your window into you’re nice like
air-conditioned home and let in all of that hot muggy air it would you would
never do it. it would… no! I can literally like hear my dad yelling at me right now
when I was a kid and I would like leave the front door open and he would be like
we’re not paying to air-conditioned the neighborhood because you know you would
just like be trying to create this nice little climate zone inside your home
that’s nice and cool and refreshing and outside it’s like deathly hot. another
thing to know is that it’s pretty much impossible for us to clean our windows
unless you have a house and of course like the ground-level windows you’re
gonna be able to clean and if you have a ladder you’ll be able to reach your
second-floor windows and so on but in a place like this where I live on the
fourth floor of an apartment building I’m kind of just stuck with waiting for
the apartment building to decide to contract a company to clean our windows
because I can’t do it myself whereas Germans are able to completely
open their windows and can very easily take a rag and clean the inside and the
outside of their windows. since moving back to the US from Germany I will say
that I definitely missed opening up my windows every day to let in that cool
fresh air in and I really missed the German style of windows. I just think
they’re awesome they’re really convenient and I wish we have them here
in the States but I will also say that
I am pretty content with my air conditioning especially here in DC where
it is really hot and humid in the summer right now. alright guys that’s all
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