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Double-Hung Windows: The Old Reliable Could Still Be a Smart Choice

The double-hung is what most people picture when you say the word “window.”  It’s been the most popular window style in the U.S. for a long time.  There are many styles of windows available, and sometimes the temptation is to disregard the traditional choice for something newer and trendier.  While that may be appropriate for some homes, the old reliable double-hung window still rightfully has its place at the top of the popularity list.  Here’s why:

Availability:  Double-hung windows are made by nearly all replacement window manufacturers, and a wide range of standard sizes in competitive price ranges is available.  If your window opening is nonstandard, custom double-hungs can be ordered.

Ease of Operation:  Lifting up the window is simple, and unlike other window types, the window can be opened from the top down, which is a safety feature in homes with small children – no open window at a reachable level, but you still get ventilation.

No Exterior Clearance Needed  Unlike casements and awning windows, double-hung windows don’t stick out on the exterior of  your home, which makes them the perfect choice when exterior clearance is an issue.

Easy to Clean:  Most replacement window manufacturers today construct their double-hung windows with tilt-in sashes so both sides of the window can be cleaned from inside your home – no climbing ladders, and you can clean your windows in comfort, even on a cold or rainy day.

Energy Efficiency:  While some window styles seal better than others, which means less air leakage, when you choose a double-hung window with an EnergyStar rating, that’s your assurance that the window – when properly installed according to the manufacturer’s specification – provides great energy efficiency for that type of window.

Appropriate for Just About Every Application:  Due to the range of standard and custom sizes available, double-hung windows work well in most every area an operable window is needed.  And depending on whether you choose additional details such as divided light inserts, double-hungs complement most every home style.    Also, it’s the only window style which permits the use of a room-unit air conditioner.


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