Ins and Outs of Double-Hung Windows in Michigan

If you spend some time shopping around for new windows, one of the options you’re going to come across quite often is double hung windows. A common choice among homeowners today, these windows are known for being attractive, versatile and easy to operate. Here’s a closer look at what double hung windows are and the advantages they offer to homeowners.

What are double-hung windows?

Hung windows are those that are mounted flat into the wall and slide up and down on a sash to open. They have top and bottom panes of glass. Single-hung windows are windows in which only the bottom panel slides up and down and can be opened. In double-hung windows, both the top and bottom panels move. They are both mounted on a separate sash. You can slide the top window pane down for ventilation at the top of the window or slide the bottom panel up for ventilation at the bottom. You can even open both panels if you desire.

What are the advantages of double-hung windows?

When compared to single-hung windows, double-hung models are simply more versatile. If you have a child or pet who you are worried may fall out of an open window, you can open the top panel instead of the bottom. Most styles of double-hung windows are also very easy to clean. The panels often fold down into the room so that you can clean both the inside and outside of the windows from the inside of your home, rather than having to climb up on a ladder to clean the outsides.

Double-hung windows are easily compatible with screens. Sometimes screens are only placed on the bottom panels, but you can find models with top and bottom screens if this is important to you. This makes it easy to keep bugs and other debris out of your home. Most people find that double-hung windows are easy to operate. You just slide a little lever to the side to lock and unlock the windows, and opening them just involves pushing up or down in the rim of the window.

Another advantage of double-hung windows is that they’re compatible with window air conditioning units. You can easily place an air conditioner in the bottom of the window and slide the bottom panel down to rest on it. Installing a window air conditioner in a casement window — the type of window that opens with a crank and hinges to the side — is simply not an option.

Are there any disadvantages of double hung windows?

Though double-hung windows can be very energy efficient, they have to be carefully sized and installed to prevent air leaks. This is why it’s so important to work with a reputable window contractor when choosing and installing your windows. Improperly installed double hung windows can let air leak in around the frame, which increases your heating and cooling bills.

The only other real disadvantage of double-hung windows when compared to other varieties is that they’re not the best at catching cross breezes when left open. A casement window, thanks to its hinge setup, will do a better job of catching cross breezes and directing them into the home. Keep in mind that since most homes today are cooled by air conditioners, this is not a major concern and does not deter most homeowners from choosing double hung windows.

There are many reasons why double-hung windows are so popular. They’re easy to operate, easy to clean, attractive and safe. Renewal by Andersen Midwest is a great resource to learn more about this and other window replacement options.

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