Ventilation allows your home to breathe. Without it—whether natural or artificial—your home interior will become hot and humid. Furnishings will deteriorate far faster and you will feel uncomfortable, especially during summer. Most people install air conditioners, dehumidifiers or fans to combat the heat and humidity.
The trouble with these measures is that they’re mechanical—they consume power. If you don’t want to rack up the bills while you’re ventilating your home, consider investing in natural (or passive) ventilation using windows. Your window replacement expert, Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix, has a few recommendations below.
1. Double-Hung Windows
Double-hung windows feature two sashes that move and slide over each independently, which allows the sashes to be moved to the middle and locked in place. This leaves the top and bottom part of the window open to the air, which promotes air exchange—the hot, humid air goes out the top, while the fresher, drier and cooler air goes in from the bottom. These windows are great for any room in the home.
2. Casement Windows
Like a double-hung unit, a casement window is one of the best ways to ventilate your home. They are operated by swinging from a side hinge. Casement window replacement is often paired together, and they meet together in the middle. When opened, the operable sashes can direct airflow into the interior; when closed, they create a perfect, insulating seal, which keeps air conditioned air inside the room.
3. Awning Windows
While not as popular as double-hung or casement windows, awning windows provide illumination and ventilation. Homeowners usually install awning windows near the ceiling, which admits more light and act as an exhaust for hot interior air, which tends to rise.
4. Sliding Windows
Sliding windows are often a minimalist statement, which are prudent choices for homes that are already cluttered or in need of space. Sliding windows with two or more panels act like double-hung windows (though not as efficient), as they can be moved to the middle to allow air exchange from the sides.
Learn why our customers rate Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix as the top window replacement authority. To experience passive ventilation that only our windows can provide, call us today at (602) 562-1176. You can also fill out our form to get started. We serve residents of Phoenix, Tempe and nearby areas in AZ.