As a homeowner, you might find it a bit overwhelming to choose replacement windows for your home. You’re considering a number of factors, such as the style and material used, as well as their performance. As much as possible, choose only the best styles that can help improve your home’s ventilation. If you’re not sure which is best for your new window installation, here are some of the common window styles to consider. Let’s discuss how they’re effective in improving ventilation and air flow.
When these windows open, they don’t protrude outside when they are open. Instead, one operable sash slides over a fixed sash. This is a great option if you have limited indoor and outdoor opening space, as well as areas along walkways or patios where you don’t want any obstructions but still need the ventilation for indoors. However, with this type of window, you’ll only be able to open it halfway. If you’re going to install horizontal sliders on an upper story, we recommend restricting the opening even for safety reasons.
These windows are hung on hinges along the top of the frame and hinge open when you turn a crank at the base of the window frame. So when you open it, the glass pane forms an awning-like projection over the window opening. Most professional window and entry door installers know that awning windows are good choices for small, rectangular window openings, like those in bathrooms and above counters. You can also place them over larger hung or fixed windows in dining and living rooms, or even bedrooms.
If you’re considering awning windows, it’s important to note that they aren’t as effective at catching cross-breezes as casement windows. However, you can benefit from being able to leave them open for ventilation even when it’s drizzling outside or a rain shower is expected. The awning keeps rain from coming in through the open window.
This is a great type of window if you want to maximize ventilation. These windows are mounted on a hinge on one side and swing outward when opened. While some options are operated manually, others operate on a crank or motor. With casement windows, you can easily crack them open to catch a light breeze or open them fully to divert air on warmer days. They can even catch side breezes, unlike traditional horizontal sliders and awning windows. In fact, these types of windows seal even tighter when the wind blows against them, so you won’t have to worry about any air leaks.
You can easily install casement windows throughout your home. They’re popular in bathrooms and kitchens, and they also look good in a living or dining room. They also keep your home cool without air conditioning during spring and summer, while preventing chilly drafts and high heating bills during the winter months. This is why they’re so popular with homeowners who are looking for more energy efficiency in their homes.