Window replacement can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal, energy efficiency and value. Another thing it can do is make your living space more comfortable by improving ventilation. You can get rid of lingering odors and indoor pollutants with good airflow. It also helps avoid problems resulting from excessive heat and humidity, such as mold, rot and poor indoor air quality.
Consider these window styles for increased ventilation in your home.
What Is Passive Ventilation?
Passive ventilation utilizes openings — such as windows, doors, vents and louvers — to eliminate polluted air and bring in fresh air indoors. The size and location of your windows determine how good airflow is in your living space. If you want your interior to get cooler, place windows higher in the room. On the upper levels of your home, open windows to eliminate warm, humid air. To allow more cool air into your space, place larger windows on one side of the room and smaller, higher windows on the walls across them.
With efficient passive ventilation, you just need to open and close your windows to lower your home’s temperature. Window replacement might be able to address airflow issues in your home. As a result, you won’t need to depend as much on your HVAC system. That means significant savings on your monthly utility bills.
Which Window Styles Improve Ventilation?
With casement windows, you can maximize your home’s ventilation. Since they open on a crank, you have nearly total control over the airflow. Something they can do that other window styles can’t is catching side breezes.
Casements are suitable for most rooms in your house, but they are more common in kitchens and bathrooms. They are also a great option for your dining area or living room. You can slightly open them to capture light breezes or completely open them during the warmer months. Casements can also prevent wasted energy in winter because their seals get tighter as the wind comes across them. Thanks to their tight seals, they are less likely to cause drafts, discomfort and wasted energy.
Besides capturing more unobstructed outdoor views, sliding windows can allow more fresh air into your space. With their expansive glass area, your living space will receive plenty of natural light. They are great for small homes because they won’t require additional room for opening.
Sliding windows are ideal for tight areas like bathrooms or close to a kitchen sink. Moreover, an experienced contractor can help you choose the best replacement doors and windows for your unique space. At Renewal by Andersen®, our friendly team is here to guide you through every phase of your window replacement project.
Many homeowners prefer double-hung windows because they can bring out the beauty of traditional homes while encouraging good air circulation. You can get them in various styles, colors, sizes and finishes to complement the architectural style of your house. They usually come in tilt-out sashes that make maintenance and cleaning a breeze.
You can open their upper and lower sashes, with cool air entering through the bottom and stale indoor air escaping through the top. This window style is a great option for places in your home with limited opening space.
Bay and Bow Windows
Bay windows include three windows fixed as a single unit while bow windows come with at least three windows positioned in an arch. You can usually find them in kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms. Like casement windows, they can significantly improve indoor ventilation since they can catch breezes from at least two directions.
These windows illuminate your home and provide a seamless connection between your indoor and outdoor spaces. However, these windows require a large opening and sufficient structural support because they carry a lot of weight. Sometimes, if you have an existing picture window, your contractor can replace it with a bay window for added ventilation and appeal.
At Renewal by Andersen of Nashville, we install highly durable replacement doors and windows that will boost your home’s curb appeal and weather protection. Call us at (615) 238-9463, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve homeowners in Clarksville, TN, and nearby communities.