If you’ve made the smart move to replace your windows, you’re already well aware that you’ll get a boost to your curb appeal while increasing the value and functionality of your home. After all, window replacement has one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project.

But which type of window is best for your purposes? If you’re looking to save money on heating and cooling bills, your window choice is important: according to the US Department of Energy, 25%-30% of home energy usage is lost through windows. While replacing your old single-pane windows will assuredly knock that number lower, some windows are more efficient than others.

Enter our two competitors: Double-hung windows and casement windows. In a head-to-head competition, which is going to save you the most money every month on your home heating and cooling costs?

 

Round One: Ventilation

You know that glorious moment between seasons when it’s not quite time for A/C and you don’t really need to turn on the heat? The longer that season lasts, the better. It may sound simple, but opening a window is one of the most energy-efficient choices you can make. Even the CDC recommends airing out your home regularly.

And when it comes to ventilation, our winner is…casement windows. When you turn the crank to open your casement window, it swings outward, allowing you to funnel the breezes right into your home. If you have a room with multiple casement windows, you can get an excellent cross-ventilation effect.

That said, it’s a close competition. If your room features double-hung windows you can still get fresh air, especially if your home has ceiling fans. Opening a double-hung window from the top and turning on a fan is an excellent way to freshen your home’s air.

Round Two: Seals

When it comes to closing up nice and tight, casement windows take the prize for energy efficiency. Casement windows seal on all four sides tightly against their frame. When they are cranked shut, you can feel the airtight seal locking into place. It’s also easier to close and seal them — a simple crank vs. hoisting your windows open and closed.

While you may not feel that extra little tightening when you close a double-hung window, you can still maximize your energy efficiency by locking your windows. Make sure your sashes are kept free of dirt and debris to get the best seal possible.

Round Three: Glass

When looking at the energy efficiency of your new windows, don’t forget to factor in the glass. Choosing to invest in double- or triple-paned glass will lower your monthly energy bills and keep your family comfortable no matter what the weather.

In our window face-off battle, this round is a draw. Both of our competitors come with the option for double or triple-pane glass. If you combine multiple panes with a Low-E coating, you are looking at a very savvy long-term investment in your home’s energy efficiency.

Round Four: Wild Card

Though you may care about energy efficiency, that’s not the only reason to pick one window over another. A casement window or double-hung window may just make more sense in one room, whether because of aesthetics or ease of use.

For example, a double-hung window installed over the kitchen sink may be difficult to open and close in a bent-over position. On the other hand, since casement windows open outwards, they may not be the best choice if they open onto a deck or walkway and obstruct the space.

What about cleaning? Both styles of windows have features that make them easy to clean, and the maintenance is minimal.

And the winner is…

The winner of the energy efficiency face-off (drumroll, please) is casement windows. Their ability to help you ventilate your home on mild days, and the tight seal they provide on the days you can’t, make them a clear winner.

But it’s important to note that any home window replacement project is going to increase your energy efficiency. A brand-new double-hung window is sure to be more efficient than a worn-out older model. You’ll walk away a winner no matter which way you choose.

If you are ready to daydream in a bit more detail, take a look at our Home Improvement Visualizer tool. You can upload pictures of your home and see for yourself which options work best.

Request a free Window Nation quote today, and we’ll help you find the best combination of windows that work for your home.

With costs in the thousands, window replacement is not a cheap home improvement. While many homeowners understand the benefits of replacing old windows with new ones, you may be asking yourself “are double hung windows worth it?” Read on to learn more about double hung windows cost vs. benefits to decide what’s right for you.

Benefits of Double Hung Windows

There are many benefits to replacing old windows, but what’s “worth it” to you may differ from someone else’s perception. Here are the top benefits that homeowners report when replacing old windows with double hung windows:

Easy to clean

Do you dread cleaning old windows so much that you hire out for the unpleasant task? Since newer double hung windows tilt in, they make for easy cleaning. When you DIY instead of hiring a window cleaner, you will save money without sacrificing shiny windows.

Decrease air leaks

Newer windows block air from leaking out of your home, so your home maintains a more consistent temperature year round. You will enjoy a draft-free home while using less heat and AC to stay comfortable — so you will pay less each month for oil, gas, or electric.

Conserve energy & save money

When you are looking at curbing energy usage, it’s important that you seal your home’s envelope to lower your overall energy usage before you invest in clean or renewable energy. Otherwise, you would waste energy. By replacing drafty windows with energy efficient windows, you can tighten your home’s envelope, curb your overall energy consumption, and pave the way for clean energy home improvements.

Boost resale value

For most homeowners, the biggest payoff of replacement windows comes at the time of resale. When you take the long view of things, you will appreciate being comfortable in your home year round while increasing your home’s value and asking price when you decide to sell. On average, homeowners recoup 80 percent of the cost of replacing windows when they sell.

To maximize resale value, select double hung windows that mimic the style of your home, especially if it’s a historic house. For example, wood windows with divided light panes keep to the historic style of old windows and add value, while baseline vinyl replacement windows without divided light panels blend centuries and may cheapen the home’s value.

After comparing the expenses and advantages of replacement double hung windows, most homeowners find that the benefits outweigh the cost in the long run.

How Much Do Double Hung Windows Cost?

There’s no one size fits all answer for how much do double hung windows cost because it depends on how many windows your home has, the size of the windows, and the features you choose in double hung windows. If you select windows with a low-e coating, which blocks UV rays from penetrating the windows, you will pay more than if you forego this feature. However, your furniture might fade unevenly — which means you may spend more over time in replacing that sofa and rug!

At Window Nation, we run specials that allow homeowners to save money on replacement double hung windows and have helped many homeowners answer the question, “are double hung windows worth it?“

We are happy to talk more about the features that set our windows apart, help you select the right features for your new double hung windows, and provide you with a free in-home estimate for double hung or any other kind replacement windows.

Difference Between Single And Double Hung Windows

The major difference between single and double hung windows is in how each window is operated. Single hung windows have a bottom panel or sash that moves vertically, while the upper sash or panel is fixed in place. These windows are fairly common in apartment buildings.

Double hung windows are different from single hung windows in that you have the ability to open both sashes. This means you can open both ends of your window up or down. In addition, both of the panels can be tilted down and in for convenient cleaning.

Cleaning Single Hung vs Double Hung Windows

One of the major factors that influence the choice between single hung vs double hung windows is how easy it is to clean these windows.

Cleaning windows can be a drag. This item on the honey-do list may even be worse than folding laundry. Most of the time you need to wait until the weather is temperate enough to go outside, wash them down, climb a ladder and then work carefully so there isn’t any streaking or your work has been in vain. Some people may go to the extent to have the windows on their home professionally washed just to get rid of the hassle. If your home has single hung windows, you are on the unfortunate end of window cleaning.

Double hung windows open, literally, a whole new world of possibilities of enjoying your windows. Cleaning double hung windows is so easy that you will wonder why you didn’t replace them sooner. All you have to do is open the top, tilt, clean and tilt it back again. So simple!

Home Ventilation With Single Hung vs Double Hung Windows

Have you ever wanted to open a window while it’s raining to get a fresh breeze? Double hung windows allow you to open the top just a bit so that cool breeze and ventilation can be allowed through without damaging the window sill from the rain drops. Double hung windows provide a great means of ventilation. Being able to pull down from the top with the bottom section still closed lets you bring a breeze into the home from above and maybe help release some heat during the warmer months.

Single Hung vs Double Hung Windows Safety

Another feature that stands out about double hung windows is safety. If you have children that like to hang around windows, when you open the top half of your double hung window instead of the bottom, you can rest assure that you have made it quite hard for an accident to happen.

Single Hung vs Double Hung Windows Cost

Single hung windows tend to be purchased for a couple reasons. They are in the lower end of the price range spectrum if you are on a budget, and maybe there is a small space where a window is needed and single hung is the only option. Those two reasons don’t even come close to the benefits of having double hung windows in your home. When purchasing a home it can be exciting to see that this feature has been added as a little extra touch, and shows that thought and care were taken in the home.

Whether you are looking to renovate, you are purchasing a home, building a home, or even just looking for a refreshing new look, double hung windows are the way to go. At Window Nation, we take pride in every project set in front of us and we strive for all of our clients to feel comforted by the level of service we provide.

Before the cold weather sets in, contact us to set up a free estimate for replacing your single hung windows. The ease and functionality of a double hung window from Window Nation will leave you wondering why you have waited to make the change. We put our customers first and work daily to solve problems by installing solutions. Window Nation, your best choice for the best in window and door solutions.

When it is time to sit down and choose what type of replacement window you should choose for your home, it may seem a bit overwhelming. There are many combinations of style, size, and shape that you can choose from. One of the most reliable, and popular choices is the double hung window. Double hung windows have evolved over time and while they may look simple and traditional, they have many newly engineered components that help to make them the number one model choice in the U.S.

In the past double hung have been known for warping, sticking, and having weights and ropes that malfunctioned making them a danger. But those issues should no longer be a concern; today’s double hung windows have advanced technology and have been designed to be much more user-friendly, safe, and energy efficient. In fact, the double hung windows that we offer here at Window Nation, come equipped with fingertip window operation through the use of Caldwell’s Stainless Steel ‘constant for balance system’ making them exceptionally easy and safe to operate for decades to come.

There are many reasons why our window professionals here at Window Nation love our double hung windows, but one of the top reasons that many homeowners love them is because of how easy it is to clean them. When you choose our top of the line double hung windows you will no longer dread window cleaning day nor will you keep putting it off. Our double hung windows come equipped with easy-pull tilt latches to allow the windows to tilt inwards to make cleaning them a snap; your kids may even fight over who gets to wash the windows! Also, this window’s smooth soft white vinyl frames are also extremely easy to clean allowing for the windows to look brand new long into the future.

Along with ease of cleaning, here are some of the many other reasons why our window experts believe that our double hung windows are the perfect choice:

  • They come equipped with limiting latches to allow for you to enjoy the breeze on a warm spring day while still keeping your home secure and your kids safe.
  • These windows are extremely air-tight. The automotive-type window glaze on them creates a super-tight seal; along with the use of polypropylene, poly-fin weather stripping.
  • They are very energy efficient through the use of PPG's Intercept® warm-edge spacer system which works to greatly reduce energy loss through the glass. (Optional Super Spacer)
  • Their heavy-duty, vinyl frames have been designed to provide extraordinary strength and excellent insulation.
  • The seemingly endless combinations of design, color, and glass options to suit the individual needs of each unique home.

If you would like more information about Window Nation’s replacement window services or why our easy to clean double hung windows are the right choice for your home, contact us today and see just how nice it is to have a knowledgeable and courteous window expert listen to you and present you with options to meet your needs and expectations. Make the best choice in window replacement with Window Nation.

There are a lot of options when it comes to windows, and not all of them are cosmetic. Some windows will be perfect for the sunny side of a house, some will be perfect in rooms where furniture is near the window, and some will offer much-needed shelf space… Each window comes with its own set of features. But don’t worry. Your Window Nation agent will make sure you get the right combination of windows to meet your needs and your budget. Here are a couple of the features your agent will tell you about double hung windows.

Double hung windows are perfect if you like the option of having air come through the top and the bottom of your window. These windows have operable sashes for both the top and bottom windows. That means you can slide the top window down if you want the breeze to come down from the top or you can slide the window up if you want to get a breeze from the bottom. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can slide the top down and the bottom up and get a breeze from both ends at the same time!

Another great feature you’ll get with your double hung windows is the ability to easily clean them. You simply detach the windows at one end, and tilt in and tilt down to clean the outside portion of the window glass. This is an amazing feature if you are someone who likes to have nice clean windows, but an even more amazing feature if you have a side of your home that gets a lot of dust and dirt.

If you want windows that give you better ventilation options and easy cleaning, double hung windows will fit the bill. But, not all double hung windows are created equal. This is a window type that gets a lot of wear and tear, and if you get your double hung windows from the wrong company, you could be looking at another replacement in a few years. At Window Nation, we engineer our windows with state-of-the-art multi-million dollar robotic equipment. And they are designed to last. We’re so confident that our manufacturing process works to make the strongest windows money can buy, we offer a Lifetime Plus warranty on the windows we create. What does the Plus mean? The entire window, glass, vinyl, and labor are covered for as long as you own your home, and an additional 15 years for the next homeowner!

When you need windows that last, you need Window Nation windows. Talk to an agent today and get started.

Windows are available in just about any shape and many styles. You can get trapezoids, round windows, or even triangles! While all these are fun and can certainly add flair, the traditional window that has stood the test of time is the double hung style. But just because double hung windows have become the ‘default’ choice, Window Nation’s double hung windows have a lot of benefits that make them an excellent choice for any home.

Double Hung Windows Are Easy to Use

Our double hung windows here at Window Nation are precision manufactured to your custom specifications on our modern, multi-million dollar equipment. Basically, our double hung windows are perfectly made for you!

Operation of these sashes up and down to vent and close will be almost effortless. We use an ultra-easy balance system that allows the sashes to be operated with only 22 pounds of pressure instead of the more common balancers that need 50 pounds or more to move.

Double Hung Windows Provide an Increased Sense of Security and Safety

One of the often overlooked benefits of double hung windows is the security they provide for your home. Most of our double hung windows come with two security locks for extra protection. Vent limiting latches are standard on all our windows allowing you to have multiple venting stages with the security of knowing that they are locked in position.

Double Hung Windows Maintenance: Easy to Clean

Who doesn’t love clean windows! All of our double hung windows are tilt wash. Tilt wash double hung windows have sashes that easily tilt in for cleaning, making cleaning windows an easy chore.

Energy Efficient Double Hung Windows

Our double hung windows have deluxe polypropylene poly-fin weather stripping to make them more weather tight. Our frames are welded and fused together to form a solid barrier between the inside of your home and the outdoors. And we have a variety of glass options to further increase the energy efficiency of your windows.

Double Hung Windows From Window Nation

Hopefully, we’ve been able to answer your questions on the benefits of double hung windows. No matter your specific style or taste, there is a double hung window just for you. From vinyl to wood, various glass options, and different frame colors, there are many options to choose from. Contact Window Nation today to learn more about our replacement double hung window options!