For those who put ventilation at the top of their “wish list” for new windows, casement windows are the most popular and efficient option, especially in a climate like ours in the Perth area. Let’s take a look at what casement windows are, their advantages and disadvantages.
What Are Casement Windows?
Casement windows are windows that are hung vertically from one side. They use a crank to open outward and are most commonly placed over sinks, appliances and counters. However, they are an increasingly popular option anywhere in the home. Casement windows usually stand alone, but can also be installed in pairs or trios.
Advantages of Casement Windows
The biggest advantage of casement windows is that they provide efficient ventilation. This is for two reasons. First, they open fully, creating the largest possible aperture within a window frame for air to come through. Second, because they open straight out, they can catch side breezes and direct them into the home.
Casement windows are one of the most energy-efficient window designs because the seal between the sash and the frame is airtight when the window is closed. This keeps air from making it in or out unless they are open. They are also very easy to open and close. Simply unhook the latch and turn the crank. They can be easily fitted for automatic openers as well.
If you don’t like Muntins, which are those pieces of wood or plastic in the middle of many window panes, you will be happy to know that casement windows usually don’t have muntins.
Disadvantages of Casement Windows
Due to their design, you can’t use fly screens with casement windows. In addition, they won’t accept air conditioners. Also, they can’t be made too large or the hinges won’t support their weight. These conditions are the only “deal breakers” for casement windows.
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