If you’re considering replacing the windows in your kitchen, you ought to know that some types of windows are better suited for the kitchen than others. In the kitchen, ease of opening and closing is an important factor when choosing your type of window; providing ventilation and fresh air is another important function. You also need to consider whether or not your windows deliver the comfort and energy-efficiency you need.
Here we’ll look at the kinds of replacement windows that offer the kitchen functionality you need to make life a little easier.
Ease of Use
Kitchen windows tend to be harder to reach than most other windows – they’re located higher, behind sinks and above countertops. In areas like these, commonly-used double hung windows can be difficult to operate. Windows that can be easily opened or closed are better choices for kitchens. Two examples are casement windows and awning windows.
Casement windows are hinged on the left or right, and open outward; most are designed to open with a few turns of a crank. If the casement window sash moves outward when open, it will also be especially easy to clean. Like casement windows, many awning windows can also be opened with a crank; these windows are hinged at the top, and swing upward.
Both casement and awning windows offer superior ventilation to most other types of windows. Both of these windows have one sash; when that sash is open, the entire window space is open, allowing a free flow of air. Casement windows are particularly effective at bringing in fresh air, as their side-opening sashes help to guide new air into the room.
Windows with two sashes, such as double-hung or sliding windows, are never fully open to the outside; one or both sashes will always be positioned over part of the window opening.
Want to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of each window type? Richmond Window offers excellent descriptions of the different types of replacement windows.
Today’s windows are more efficient than ever, and any replacement window should yield energy savings. Many of the gains in efficiency are the result of improvements in glass coatings. Perhaps you’ve run across the term, low-e glass. Windows with low-e glass coatings allow can selectively reflect away infrared light rays (or heat). This is an excellent quality if you have to run the air conditioner constantly in the summer, or if your kitchen gets particularly warm.
Replacement windows with low-e glass are also able to trap heat. If your kitchen is particularly cold in the winter, new windows can help your kitchen stay a little cozier. In addition to keeping your kitchen comfortable, more efficient windows ease the burden on your heating and air system and yield year-round savings on your energy bills.