Awning windows were very popular back in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, but they’re starting to make a comeback thanks to their unique design and advantages. If you live in a place with mild temperatures (like here in Florida!) awning windows should definitely be on the “short list” for your next window replacement.
Awning windows are a specific type of casement window that is hinged at the top so that when they open up, they look similar to an awning. Although there aren’t many disadvantages to this type of window, there are some things to think about before installing them.
For example, there are some space considerations because these windows open out – so they’ll take up a little extra space in an outside area or a walk space. If the window opens out into a high traffic area, you may want to consider either a single or double hung or a sliding window. And, because these windows angle out when they’re open, they tend to get a little dirtier, because they pick up rain spots and dirt that other windows don’t.
These slight issues aside, awning windows are a great way add charm and character to any home. And, in addition to that charm, there are 3 reasons to choose awning windows for your next window replacement or on any new construction.
1. Better ventilation and circulation
These windows are known for their ability to catch a breeze. As a result, they’ll boost ventilation and improve air circulation throughout your home.
It is also easy to control the amount of airflow with awning windows. All you have to do is open the window wider to provide more airflow, or just prop it open a little bit for a gentle breeze. (Bonus points if you’re near the beach and can take advantage of a sea breeze!)
You also won’t sacrifice energy efficiency with this increase in ventilation and circulation because these windows seal tightly and don’t let airflow in or out when the windows are closed, which brings us to our next point…
2. Extra energy efficiency
Because these windows are controlled by a crank, they’re typically more energy efficient than other types of windows. By cranking the window tighter, you can prevent hot, humid air from coming in and doing a number on your utility bills.
3. You can enjoy the next thunderstorm
Awning windows make it possible to enjoy the elements without getting soaked by them. Most people love the soft sounds of the rain or the soft rumbling of a summer thunderstorm. Luckily, awning windows allow you to keep your windows open without drenching the inside of your house!
In fact, these types of windows are great for beach houses to increase air circulation when it is humid or raining without getting wet!