With spring on the way, you know there’s nothing quite like throwing up the windows and breathing in all that fresh air you’ve been missing all winter. Windows not only let beautiful sunshine into your home, they also serve as a conduit for ventilation. If you don’t have central AC or want to reduce your reliance on it, good ventilation is a key quality to look for in new windows.
Air flow is also critical in rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom, where windows can be opened to let out trapped vapor or heat. Here are some of the best windows to achieve some much-needed spring ventilation.
1. Casement Windows
Casement windows are mounted on a hinge, either on the right-hand or left-hand side. You turn a crank at the base of the window and the pane hinges outward at an angle. This allows breezes that cross the open window pane to be funneled into your home. It’s this cross-breeze effect that makes casement windows so much better than other types of windows, such as double hung windows that open by sliding up and down within the frame.
Casement windows are great for bathrooms and kitchens, but they also work in living and dining rooms. They’re also great for energy efficiency, as the sash seals tightly into the frame, preventing air leakage. That’s why these windows are so popular with homeowners who value energy efficiency.
2. Awning Windows
Awning windows hang on hinges along the top of the frame, hinging open when you turn a crank at the base of the frame. When open, the glass pane offers an awning-like projection over the window opening. Usually good for small, rectangular window openings, like those above sinks, counters and in bathrooms, awning windows can be left open for ventilation even when it’s raining outside. The awning feature prevents rain from getting in through the open window yet gives you a refreshing breeze at the same time.
3. Bay Windows
Bay windows comprise a series of three side-by-side windows projecting outward from the exterior wall at an angle. The central window is usually fixed, but those on either side can be casement or hung windows. Bay windows are perfect for ventilation because the two side windows, sitting at opposite angles, catch the breezes that flow in from multiple directions.
Because bay windows are quite large and make the focal point of a room, they are common in living, dining and great rooms. Heck, you could even put one in a large kitchen.
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