Although there are no hard and fast rules about which way a casement window should open, here are some pointers to help you choose the best option.
What Are Casement Windows?
Casement windows are a type of moveable window with hinges on one side that connect it to its frame. They open outward, like a door, and can be opened as little or as much as you want. Casement windows offer many benefits. They lend themselves to your home’s aesthetics due to their neat and simple design. More importantly, they give your living spaces access to natural ventilation. No matter if the weather is hot or cold, wet or dry, casement windows offer an easy way to let in fresh air. They allow you to easily control how much air you’ll let in.
Things to Think About
You’ll have certain benefits if you choose casement windows that open in the direction of your choosing. To help you make this decision, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Air Circulation
As the trusted window contractor in the area, we recommend installing casement windows on opposite sides of your house for maximum airflow. This simple step helps you create a cross-breeze. If you’re planning to replace your windows soon, make sure to use this method of air circulation to prevent mold growth and reduce the amount of energy needed for air conditioning in warmer months.
- A Matter of Preference
Casement windows are usually fitted with outward opening and side hinges; homeowners usually put hinges on the right or left side depending on which hand they use the most. If you’re right-handed, casements that open to the right are easier to use; if you’re left-handed, casements that open to the left are easier to use.
When deciding which way to open casement windows, take into account how the end product will look and how it matches your property. Many houses have side-by-side casements that open in opposite directions, like French windows. This improves ventilation, daylighting, and outdoor views.
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