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Which Way Should Your Casement Window Open?

A casement window is a popular choice among many homeowners. It’s not only beautiful but also very easy to use and maintain. In general, a casement window opens by pivoting rather than sliding, making it a great option for hard-to-reach places. It also provides better home security because a casement window requires a crank to open. 

Which Way Should Your Casement Window Open?

If you’re thinking of a casement window replacement for your home, you may be wondering which direction it should open. To help you make the decision, Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City shares four things to consider. 

Position Hinges on the Outside in Pairs

If two casements are placed next to each other, you may want to have them open in opposite directions. This way, the windows open in the middle like French doors and create a larger area to allow air to enter your home. Window experts recommend this tip for casement windows installed in bay windows and those located on either side of a picture window. 

Consider Your Dominant Hand

Since casement windows work well in hard-to-reach places, you may find it easier to open them if the crank is on the side of your dominant hand. If you’re left-handed, you might want to place the crank on the left side of a casement window. Alternatively, a right-handed person may find it easier to operate a right-side positioned crank as the crank will pivot to the right.

Prioritize Good Ventilation

When it comes to good indoor ventilation, you may want to have your casement windows on either side of your home to promote air circulation. To ensure an adequate breeze, open the casement windows at a 45-degree angle. This method makes it easier to catch the breeze and send it flowing through your home more effectively. 

Think About Aesthetics 

Most architectural experts would say that casement windows look best when the hinged side of the window is close to the center of the room. All casement windows that open toward the center of the living space are the nicest aesthetics. This method also offers a pleasant view from the inside or outside with no obstructions in sight.

Are you searching online for a professional window company? Look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Rapid City. We provide top-quality services, from casement windows to awning windows installation. Call us today at (605) 341-7831 or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Spearfish, SD.


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