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Choosing the right window opening system

As it turns out, the windows in your home or office are more than just a space in the wall for people to look outside and check the weather. Different types of windows provide different benefits and play a role in the function and design of any room!

Things to Consider

Before you choose an opening system, it’s best to take time and figure out what you want to accomplish. Your personal style will come into play, your needs become a factor, and your budget is in there swimming around as well.

Generally, there are four different opening systems you can choose from, which include casement, double hung, awnings and end vent sliders. Here’s some information on each one to help you out in the decision-making process.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged on one side and open horizontally. Casement windows are taller than they are wide, and typically crank open by using a handle. They also offer a lot of airflow and natural light to any room you put them in.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows help to optimize air flow because the top and bottom sashes open, with the top sliding down and the bottom sliding up. The windows work well for kitchens, bedrooms or anywhere you want maximum air flow. They work well for kid’s rooms because you can close the bottom and leave the top open, creating a safer environment without risk of an accident.

Awning Windows

Awning windows open up at the bottom, using a hinge at the top. They work well for consistent air movement in the room and the design usually allows you to keep them open when it rains without getting any water inside.

End Vent Sliders

End vent slider windows have a fixed pane in the center of the window, with operating sashes on both sides. These sashes tilt inward, so you can clean them easily from the inside. End vent slider windows work well when the opening is wider than 72-inches, but you still want a sliding option on the window. These windows can give you the look of a casement window, with a lower price tag.

Even if you aren’t particular about the type of windows you have installed in your home, they do make a difference in safety and in overall energy efficiency! Take the time to book a professional consultation before you make a purchase so you choose the window opening system that’s best for you and your home.



  • Avatar for Ron David Ron David says:

    What window opening system is best for airflow and security? I am thinking of ideas for my daughter’s bedroom, but want to make sure that whatever I end up choosing will be safe.

  • Avatar for Andrew Andrew says:

    I am a big fan of end vent sliders; you get just the right amount of airflow without having to worry about debris and moisture coming inside. This is why I love Clera; you guys know exactly what to talk about in your blog.

  • Avatar for Catherine Simon Catherine Simon says:

    Thanks for making my decision harder haha! I am not sure if we should go with standard double-hungs or if casement windows would work best for our room. I would love to have a few picture windows in my stairwell, so maybe I will start there and see where I end up.

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