Windows not only boost the curb appeal of your home and prevent the elements from getting inside your home – they also serve as a means of ventilation. While all operating windows provide ventilation, some are better than others. Here are the best window styles for increased ventilation.
Casement windows are a great choice if you truly want to maximize ventilation. These windows hinge on one side and swing outward when opened, giving you complete control on how you want to ventilate your indoor living spaces. You can open them a bit to catch a light breeze or fully on warmer days to cool your indoors efficiently.
Casement windows can also catch side breezes, which is something other window styles cannot do. As an added benefit, these windows provide a tight seal when closed, increasing energy efficiency in your home.
Awning windows, like casement windows, require some space to open. This window style hinges at the top and opens outwards. This allows you to open them for ventilation even when it’s raining or snowing outside. The location of the opened sash keeps rain or snow from coming in through the open window.
Since they’re usually small compared to other styles, awning windows are often used in small, rectangular window openings, such as the ones located above kitchen counters and high up the bathroom walls. If you want to leave a kitchen or bathroom window open for ventilation while you’re away, you should install an awning window.
Double-hung windows are known for their classic, timeless appearance, which makes them a great choice for homeowners. Not only do these windows have a traditional aesthetic appeal, but they also increase ventilation. Some double-hung windows, in fact, have two operable sashes, allowing you to circulate air around your home. In doing so, you take out the stale indoor air while bringing in fresh outdoor air.
Moreover, these windows are ideal for areas with restricted opening space. So, if you have limited outdoor and indoor opening space, double-hung windows are one of your best options.
Bay windows are composed of three side-by-side windows that project from the home’s exterior wall at an angle. The main window is often a fixed window, but the windows on either side can be casement or double hung. This type of configuration where two side windows can catch breezes in multiple directions makes bay windows one of the recommended choices for ventilation.
To accommodate one, however, you need a large window opening. Since they tend to be the focal point of a room, this window style is commonly found in living rooms. If you already have a picture window in your living room, your window contractor can put a bay window in its place to maximize ventilation.
When you need to install new windows to replace the old ones you have at home, you don’t have to look any further than JLR Home Renovation. We pride ourselves on our detail-oriented approach and our commitment to quality craftsmanship, so you can rest assured your new windows will be beautiful and functional. Call us today at (717) 361-6175, or fill out our online contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in and around Palmyra, Elizabethtown and Mount Joy, PA.