Casement windows open via a crank, so there is no way a would-be thief could open the window from the outside. When casement windows are closed, the sash is pressed tight into the frame. This provides the window with added strength.
When choosing to install a casement window, in addition to the overall size and shape, you need to think about the direction the window swings open. Technically there’s no wrong choice, but there are several factors to consider when deciding which direction a casement window should open.
1. Air Circulation and Ventilation
Having casement windows that open on opposite sides allows you to bring the breeze and fresh air into the house, no matter what direction the wind is blowing. If you usually have wind blowing in a certain direction, you can open windows in that direction so you can take advantage of the natural winds.
Another way to decide how your home window should open is by judging how the final product will look. Most homeowners prefer placing their casements side by side, with opposite opening directions just like French windows, and maximizing air circulation and daylighting.
3. Noise Reduction
Noise is an often overlooked consideration when choosing the handling of casement windows. Casement windows redirect loud noises indoors. It might be a good idea to choose windows that open away from busy streets or vociferous neighbors. This is especially something to think about when planning windows for bedrooms.
4. Think of Your Dominant Hand
A right-handed person will find a right outswing casement window easier to operate than a left pivoting window. This is where the consideration of the dominant hand comes into play.
During the installation of single casement windows, it becomes simpler and natural to swing open a window if the pivot is on the side of your dominant hand.
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