Understanding the Difference Between Double-Hung & Single-Hung Windows
When you’re ready to replace the windows in your Maryland, Virginia, or DC home, you may wonder whether single-hung or double-hung windows are a better option for your home. While both come in various colors, styles, and materials, they each offer unique advantages.
Below are the differences between these two popular window types and factors to consider when choosing between them.
Advantages of Double-Hung Windows
A double-hung or double-sash window has two sashes that slide up and down independently and can be opened to provide ventilation. Each sash performs a different function. Since hot air rises, it escapes through the upper sash, while cooler air can enter through the lower sash. They also fully lock and cannot be opened from the outside.
Advantages of double-hung windows include:
- Superior ventilation through the two moveable sashes
- Improved safety with locking mechanisms
- Simple cleaning that can be done from indoors
- Greater control of airflow to customize the temperature of your home
Advantages of Single-Hung Windows
A single-hung window has a lower, operable sash and an upper fixed sash. This allows air to flow through only the bottom area, making them ideal for single-story homes. They have been on the market for a long time and offer a more vintage look and feel.
Advantages of single-hung windows include:
- 10% to 20% less expensive than double-hung windows to install
- Increased energy efficiency with fewer cracks or openings for air to escape
- Reduced risk for repair due to fewer movable parts
- Easier installation helps save on labor costs
Factors To Consider When Choosing Between Double-Hung & Single-Hung Windows
When choosing the right windows for your replacement, there are several factors to consider:
- Installation location: While single-hung windows are great for first-story rooms, double-hung windows may be a better choice for rooms on the second floor where heat will rise.
- Energy efficiency: If you struggle to keep your house at the ideal temperature or have high energy bills, you may choose single-hung windows for their energy efficiency.
- Maintenance: While cleaning your double-hung windows is reasonably simple, even on the second floor, you may need to hire a professional to clean single-hung windows that are out of reach.
- Accessibility: A double-hung window is only beneficial if you can reach the upper sash, making them a poor choice in areas where counters, appliances, or more block your ability to reach the upper sash.
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