You never want the humidity levels inside your Dayton home to climb too high. After all, high humidity can lead to mold growth, respiratory symptoms, and higher energy bills. With the right windows, you can properly ventilate the high-moisture rooms in your home, such as your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. But what are the best window styles for the moist rooms in your Dayton home?
Awning windows are named for the way in which they open. They crank open via a small crank on the base, opening on top-mounted hinges. When open, the window pane looks like a little awning above the window opening. Awning windows open wide, so they let plenty of ventilation into a space, drying out a room easily. You can leave them open during poor weather since the open window shields the window opening.
Awning replacement windows are typically small, since the top hinges cannot support too heavy a window sash. They are perfect for hanging above kitchen counters and in the bathroom where you only want a small window partway up the wall. You’re more likely to open an awning window above the counter than one of any other style since you only have to turn a little crank — so you’ll have an easy time keeping your Dayton home dryer.
Casement windows are mounted on hinges on one side. They open like a book when you turn a crank at the base of the window. Since they open so wide, they let plenty of air into the room. The open window can also catch breezes and funnel them into your home, which can help dry out a moist room.
Casement windows work well on big, open walls since they are typically full-size windows. They’re a good choice for laundry rooms, where you may want to open a window wide to reduce moisture accumulation as you do a load of wash. They can be a good choice for wide, open walls in the kitchen, too. Imagine sitting in a nice breeze as you eat your breakfast.
If you have kids or pets, double-hung windows are a safe choice for moist rooms. You can open the windows from the top, creating an opening that lets plenty of fresh air in — but does not let kids or pets out! Double-hung windows are also very compatible with window air conditioning units. In the summer months, a window air conditioner can help discharge moisture from a kitchen or laundry room.
If you have a big, open wall in your bathroom, a double-hung window may suit the space. You can have it fitted with etched glass for privacy.
Keep in mind that in moist rooms, you need to pay attention not only to the window style you choose, but also to the material from which the window sash and frame are made. Vinyl windows don’t respond well to fluctuations in humidity over time, but Fibrex® composite is a rot-resistant material that won’t warp, rot, leak, or deteriorate when used in a moist area.If you would like to learn more about these window styles, contact the experts at Renewal by Andersen. We can schedule a free consultation in your Dayton home and recommend the windows that are best for each room — including the moist rooms.