If you live in an older home, you likely have windows that open by either sliding the bottom sash up or by swinging the entire window out. While both of these types of windows have served their purpose in the past, there is another option on the market worth considering. Double-hung windows provide the ease of cleaning of casement windows that swing out, while allowing for a screen to keep bugs out and increasing air flow to your home.
One of the biggest advantages of casement windows that open by swinging in or out is the ability to clean them from inside of the home. Unfortunately, because of the way they open, there is no way to install a screen to keep bugs and other pests out.
Double-hung windows are made up of two sashes that each have the ability to move. They can slide independently up and down as well as tilting in to the room. This gives you the option to clean them from right inside the comfort and safety of your home. Because the sashes slide vertically, installing a screen with them is standard procedure. This allows you to enjoy fresh air in your home without being bothered by insects and other pests.
Energy savings is another reason to consider a double-hung window. In order for air to flow, there needs to be an inlet and an outlet for it. By opening both the top and bottom sections of your window at the same time, the hot, stuffy air is able to escape out the top, while cool, fresh air enters from the bottom. You will be amazed at how well the air can flow through just one window.
While there are many options on the market, double-hung windows seem to have the benefits of all of them in one neat package. Whether you are looking for ease of cleaning, energy efficiency or just the ability to enjoy some fresh air now and then, you may want to give these windows a second look.