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When choosing windows for a home, many clients worry about material and style, but few remember to consider functionality as well. It is important to choose the best styles that will allow for ventilation and air flow. This will improve the air quality in your home and boost energy efficiency because of the all-natural cooling. Granted, all operating windows provide ventilation, but some are better than others.
Bay and Bow Windows
Both of these styles are projection windows, meaning they take up space outside your home. Bay windows feature three windows arranged as a single unit. They usually have one larger, fixed window flanked by two smaller, operable windows. Bow windows feature three or more windows arranged in an arc. Both of these window styles can catch breezes from at least two directions, something ordinary fixtures cannot do. As such, these are ideal if you want to maximize your view, natural light, and ventilation. However, to install these windows, you need to have adequate structural support, because these window units are heavy.
These are a fantastic window style if you want to maximize ventilation. These windows hinge on one side and swing outward to open. While some are simply manual, some casement windows operate on a crank or motor. Because of the way they open, you have almost complete control over ventilation. You can crack them to catch a light breeze or open them fully to divert air on warmer days. They can even catch side breezes, something traditional sliders and double-hung windows cannot do. And, on cold days, these windows seal even tighter when the wind blows against them, reducing air leaks and improving energy efficiency.
These windows do not protrude when open. Instead, one operable sash slides over a fixed sash. So if you have limited indoor and outdoor opening space, sliding windows are one of your best options. The one drawback is that you can only ever open half of the window. And if these windows are on an upper story, you might want to restrict the opening even more for safety reasons.
Like casement windows, these do require some projection space to open. These windows hinge at the top and open outward, just like an awning. So you can open them for ventilation even during rain or snow, and still have protection from the precipitation. That said, awning windows are generally small compared to the other styles and are best for rooms that do not need much ventilation.
These are a common style in many homes, and for good reason. Not only do they have a beautiful, traditional aesthetic, but they also promote air circulation. In these windows, both the upper and lower sashes can open. This allows cool air in through the bottom while pushing warm, stale air out through the top simultaneously. Like sliders, these windows are ideal for areas with restricted opening space.
Make an Informed Choice
Choosing your Chicago, IL replacement window styles is more than just material and color. You want to think about the function of these windows, cross breezes, natural light, and structural support. To make the right choices, consult with a window professional from Scientific Home Services. Our experts make us one of the most trusted window and door companies in Highland Park, IL and the surrounding areas. To learn more about the best windows for ventilation, schedule a tour of our showroom. You can contact us at (847) 752-0370 or stop by 7240 Saint Louis Ave., Skokie, IL 60076.