Aside from its adaptable look and efficiency in terms of ventilation, double-hung windows are preferred by many homeowners because it’s design is simple to operate and maintain. This may seem like a small thing, but in the long run, its these little things that can help save you time and money.
Ease of Use
Double-hung windows are particularly characterized by its mechanism and operation, which is very basic in nature. You just slide it up and down — as long as the window is well-lubricated, you should find it easy to open and close. Furthermore, as both sashes are operable, you can strategically choose which one to open. You can open the upper window to prevent your cat, for instance, from possibly jumping out from an open lower window. On the other hand, you can choose to open the lower window to let just the right amount of cool air in. Opening both upper and lower sashes, which is yet another option, will allow for superior ventilation.
Furthermore, the design of double-hung windows also allow for additions. You can easily install air conditioners and screens without much fuss. Because they slide up and down instead of cranking out or sliding to the sides, double-hungs can safely hold air conditioner units. Screens can also be added and removed as needed.
Ease of Maintenance
Double-hung windows do not require a lot when it comes to maintenance. For one, its design allows the entire window to be cleaned from the inside the home. As double-hung windows typically come with tilt-out or tilt-in sashes, you won’t have to go outside or strain your arms trying to reach the exterior glass and frame. Some even have removable sashes which can make cleaning a lot more enjoyable and much easier.
As with all windows, you also need to inspect your double-hung windows regularly. Thankfully, its design is so basic that there are fewer parts to worry about. Aside from making sure that all parts are intact and undamaged, you just have to keep the moving components well-lubricated. Because of its minimal maintenance needs, double-hung windows can last a long time.
Double-hung windows are indeed one of the oldest types of windows still around today. Manufacturing advancements have allowed for a few miniscule modifications, but they still offer the same basic design and benefits that made them a top choice among homeowners in the first place. To top it all, the newer products available today are more durable and energy-efficient than ever, adding further to their irresistible set of advantages.