The most common type of window in the U.S. is the double hung. This traditional window type is easy to operate—it simply slides up and down. Newer models of double hung windows feature contoured lift-rails and pre-tensioned, dual pulley balance systems that make them easier to open and close.
Homeowners favor this type of window for many reasons, among them:
Double-hung windows are versatile. They match a wide range of home styles, and come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. They’re available in vinyl, wood, aluminum, and fiberglass.
You can opt to open just the top portion of the window, or open both top and bottom halfway. The first option will allow you to cross ventilate your home and decrease energy costs. The second will allow warm air to escape from the top window and bring cool air in through the lower window. Either way, you can count on improved energy efficiency.
Another benefit is safety. You can have your double hung windows open all day and not have to worry about kids pushing on the screen and falling out. The same can’t be said of single hung windows. To ensure worry-free performance, select an extruded aluminum screen frame with heavy-duty aluminum corner reinforcements. For when you require added security, on the other hand, you can look for windows with recessed pick resistant locks.
Double-hung windows can hold air conditioning units, and you can add or remove screens as needed. You can opt for a full or a half screen, and choose to mount it either inside or outside the window.
Newer double hung windows have tilt-out or removable sashes (which hold the glass in place) to make cleaning them a breeze; you can clean the windows from inside the home.
High quality double hung windows have, at the very least, advanced triple weather-stripping seals and feature polyurethane window frame insulation. These features help prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering, giving you top energy performance.
The only disadvantage of double – hung windows is that without quadruple weather stripping, they aren’t quite as airtight as other windows. However, the windows available today are much better constructed than old windows, thus eliminating a lot of issues.
In Part 2 the next installment of, “A Trio of Window Options to Boost Your Home’s Appeal,” coming soon, we will take a look at sliding windows.
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