1. Can My Home's Air Quality Improve with Ventilating Windows?

    The air quality in your home is affected by a number of factors. In order to rid the air of any elements that could be the cause of respiratory issues, it pays to consider the idea of installing at least a few ventilating windows in the home. If you are not familiar with the concept, here are some things you need to know about this type of window design and how it can improve the quality of the air in your home.

    What are Ventilating Windows?

    In the broadest sense, any residential windows in Oakville designed to open and close qualify as a form of ventilating window. That means the traditional two-sash windows found throughout your home are capable of being opened as much or as little as you like and allowing fresh air to enter the space.

    More often, ventilating windows are smaller windows that can be opened to allow fresh air to enter and stale air to escape. Those windows may be covered with grids for security purposes or come equipped with small screens to prevent insects from flying into the home. Some of these windows are automated, meaning they can be opened and closed with the aid of a remote control. Others are designed to operate with cranks or may be opened and closed manually.

    Examples of Ventilating Window Designs

    Ventilating windows in Richmond Hill can be paired with other types of windows to create an effect that is pleasing to the eye as well as functional. One common approach is to install a series of small ventilation windows along the top of a picture window. The plate glass used for the main window provides an unobstructed view of the outside. When the need arises, the smaller windows along the top can be opened to allow air to escape or fresh air to enter the space.

    It's not unusual for this arrangement to include ventilating windows in a awning style, allowing them to swing outward and and provide some protection from the elements. For example, two or more of the windows are opened to let in fresh air even when it's raining. Thanks to the window design, the rain will not get into the home. Only the fresh scent from outside will enter the space.

    Creating a Cross-Breeze

    Choosing to open ventilating windows in different areas of the home make it possible to create a cross-breeze. Ceiling fans may be used to enhance the effect. When adjusted properly, fresh air flows through some of the windows while the warmer and somewhat more stale air lingering near the ceiling is pushed through the other windows. The result is a home that is a little cooler and smells a little nicer.

    Where Can They Be Used?

    It's hard to imagine a room where ventilating windows would not come in handy. One placed in the bathroom could be used to help keep the space fresh in between cleanings. Ventilating windows placed over the larger windows in a bedroom makes it possible to leave the lower windows closed for safety and privacy purposes while still allowing fresh air to flow through the partially opened overhead windows. In a kitchen, the windows can be installed over the back door and the window over the sink could be opened to help expel cooking odors.

    Talk with a contractor today about what sort of ventilating windows would work in your home design. Adding them may be much easier than you think.


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