Windows in the home play a key role in controlling and regulating airflow. With fall on the horizon, and the current pandemic resulting in so many who are working from home, improving indoor air quality should be a top priority. And if your windows do not provide enough ventilation, there is no better time to invest in replacement windows in Seattle, WA. These are some of the best window styles to consider for maximum ventilation:
1. Sliding Windows
Horizontal sliding windows are some of the most common options in new builds. This is because the simple design is easy to manufacture, easy to install, and easy to operate. With simple mechanics, one sash slides back and forth over a fixed sash. They do not project outside and the style meshes well with almost any home design. And because sliding windows open so easily they are a great option for ventilation.
2. Casement Windows
Casement windows are another common option. These windows latch tight against the frame when closed, making them great for energy efficiency. And they swing outward on a crank to open, partially to catch sidelong breezes or fully for maximum ventilation. The one drawback is these windows can obstruct outside space and will not work well along with patios or walkways.
3. Awning Windows
Awning windows are very similar to casement windows. But instead of hinging at one side, these windows hinge at the top of the frame and push outward at the bottom to open. They are called awning windows because the glass pane acts as an awning over the window opening. While these windows are smaller, they help provide ventilation in areas of the home with little wall space like basements, bathrooms, and utility rooms.
4. Double-Hung Windows
These are more traditional windows but are still a great way to improve ventilation in the home. The unique operation of these windows allows homeowners to open both the upper and lower sash at the same time. Warm air escapes out the top while cool air flows in through the bottom. Rows of double-hung windows will help maximize ventilation in any room and vastly improve indoor air quality.
5. Bay and Bow Windows
Bay and bow windows are multiple windows installed as a single unit. Bay windows feature three panes, often a fixed window with operable windows set to either side on an angle. Bow windows feature four or more window panels arranged on a curve and can be fixed or operable. For the sake of ventilation, homeowners should consider getting as many operable windows as possible. And because these are projection windows, they can promote cross ventilation and catch breezes from different directions.
To improve indoor air quality you will need the right windows in the right places throughout your home. Don’t let the prospect of getting replacement windows in Seattle, WA overwhelm you. Our team of experts at Signature Window & Door Replacement can help you find the right window styles for maximum ventilation. We are taking extra precautions to ensure our team and our customers are safe while you get the service you need.