If your home is in need of window replacements, you may want to consider making the switch from single to double hung windows. Our team at Window World Texas can help you decide what style meets your needs. Read on to learn about double hung styles and the difference they could make in your home!
How Do Double Hung Windows Work?
Don’t worry — it’s not a window that you need to hang twice. The name actually refers to the window’s number of working sashes. Sashes are the movable panels of a window that hold the glass in place. Therefore, a double hung window has two operable sashes, unlike a single hung model.
To clarify, both single and double hung windows have an upper and a lower sash. However, only the bottom sash is moveable on single hung models. The difference may seem insignificant, but it does have an important impact.
Double Hung vs. Single Hung Windows
Compared to single hung varieties, double hung windows offer maximum ventilation, with two openings for airflow instead of one. In addition, single hung windows can only move vertically, whereas double hung types can tilt. This feature provides even more airflow and allows easier access to cleaning the interior and exterior sides all from inside your home. If you live in a two-story house, this could prove very useful.
Why Should You Invest?
Double hung windows contain many moving parts and materials, meaning they are more expensive to install and replace than single hung types. However, like any good investment, the benefits these windows have to offer well outweigh any financial loss. They provide year-round energy efficiency, essentially paying for themselves. Who doesn’t love a good ROI?
During temperate weather, you won’t need to run your air conditioning unit 24/7 due to the increased ventilation throughout your home. However, when it’s a little too hot to handle outside — which in Texas is just about always — you’ll want to invest in a weather-resistant glass unit. Our double-hung 4000 and 6000 series offer a Low-E coated argon gas glass that works to keep solar energy from passing through, reducing the load on your AC unit.
- Better air ventilation
- Increased safety
- Energy efficient
- Easy cleaning
- Higher up-front costs
- Possible air leaks
- More maintenance
Another crucial advantage double hung windows offer is increased safety. Single hung windows can be dangerous if you have small children or pets roaming around your home as they can climb up and out of the lower sash. However, with a double-hung style, you can tilt open the top sash so as to block the bottom sash’s ability to slide up. With the top sash tilted open, it remains out of your baby’s (or fur baby’s) reach, and they remain out of harm’s way!
Contact Our Professional Window Installers
Are you ready to explore your window options? At Window World Texas, we’re here to help every step of the way — from style selection to installation.
We proudly serve the home improvement needs of Central and South Texans with storefront locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Corpus Christi. Visit us in person or give us a call today!