Light and Heat Part 2: Why to Invest in Double-Hung and Picture Units

Light and Heat Part 2: Why to Invest in Double-Hung and Picture Units

March 14, 2018

In the first half this two-part blog, Renewal by Andersen® of Milwaukee talked about the importance of considering daylighting and energy efficiency when buying replacement windows. In this last part, we will discuss why picture and double-hung windows are some of your best bets:

Picture Windows Are the Most Energy-Efficient

Of all replacement windows, the picture window style is the most weathertight because it doesn’t operate. The gaps between its sash and the frame opening are completely sealed, eliminating any chance of air infiltration.

Furthermore, it usually comes with large glass area. Meant to capture the view and catch as much sunlight as possible without serving operational purposes, the picture window can fit into all wall openings. In turn, it’s the best when it comes to illuminating high walls in vaulted rooms and other hard-to-reach places.

Double-Hung Windows Are More Airtight Than Ever

The double-hung window isn’t the most airtight among all operable units, but it’s no longer as leaky as it used to be. Modern designs have advanced weatherstripping to prevent the cold air from coming in.

Why choose it over the more energy-efficient casement window? Because of its inherent benefits. Most architectural styles use sash windows for historic accuracy, increasing curb appeal and home value. Although casement windows can masquerade as double-hung units with grilles, it’s hard to mimic the appearance of unequal sash configurations some home styles require. An excellent case in point is the cottage-style double-hung windows of Cape Cod architecture, wherein the lower sash is larger than the upper.

The Two Can Coexist in the Same Room (or Same Wall)

In most cases, combining picture windows with other operable units deliver great results. The mix of picture and double-hung windows, or casements or sliders, provide natural ventilation opportunities without compromising daylighting and energy efficiency.

Did you miss the first part of our special blog? Check it out in Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee’s blog section and find an entire library of interesting and insightful reads about all things windows. To get your Waukesha project started, call our local number at (262) 522-3034 or our toll-free one at (877) 977-3639 for your free, in-home consultation.

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