There is a wide choice of window types on the market, allowing homeowners to achieve the right level of window ventilation for each room in the house.
Spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens require ventilation to allow steam and smoke to escape. Living rooms and bedrooms benefit from controlled ventilation, most often for lowering the temperature on hot sunny days.
The Importance Of Good Ventilation
Good ventilation is essential in any home to ensure comfort and prevent problems such as mould and a build-up of condensation.
The right ventilation will help you regulate heat and moisture levels, as well as improve air quality.
So, which type of window is right for your home?
uPVC windows cater well to all shapes and sizes of window openings. They are manufactured in many different formats, such as single, double-hung, bow, bay, and sliding, making them fit for any room or purpose. The frames are slightly thicker than those made from aluminium, so they offer marginally less window ventilation, which might be critical if you have a small opening.
Sliding Sash Windows
Sliding sash windows are often chosen for maintaining the aesthetics of a building with traditional architecture. However, as they do not protrude out or into the structure, they are an efficient choice for enabling window ventilation where space limitations exist.
Furthermore, the window ventilation is achieved in such a way that insect screens are straightforward to fit, which is great if you hate house flies or live next to a river, stream, or lake, where midges are often a problem.
An additional feature of sash windows is the possibility of adding a vent lock. This lock enables you to secure the window at a set opening, making them ideal for bathrooms and toilets, where they are often left open for prolonged or unattended periods. However, only half of the window can be opened, so if maximum window ventilation is a must, you might want to consider a different configuration.
Tilt And Turn Windows
Tilt and turn windows have gained popularity in recent years due to their versatility. When only a small amount of ventilation is desired, or security is a concern, the window tilts open at the top, creating a small opening. When you want to maximise airflow, the window opens at the side, allowing it to be fully opened.
Just like uPVC windows, aluminium windows take on all shapes and sizes, permitting excellent window ventilation and allowing plenty of natural light into the space. The small width of the frames maximise airflow in small openings, but they are also a favourite for expansive window spaces as they block less of the view.
Roof lanterns are very popular in extensions and in mid-terrace properties that have no windows running along the side of the property. In addition to letting in plenty of natural light, roof lanterns allow hot air, which naturally rises, to escape from the building.