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Whether you are building a new home or simply remodeling your existing home, windows affect a home great, in appearance as well as the home’s energy efficiency. Therefore, when deciding on the type of window you want, you first have to decide on the purpose of the window.
Windows generally have two purposes. They allow in natural light and they are used for ventilation. The following are some basic guidelines you should consider when you want to increase the amount of light or ventilation entering a room.
- As simple as this may sound, windows must open and operate from the inside, and they should egress to a street, yard, open walkway, alley, court, porch, or patio.
- The size of the window should equal at least 8% of the floor space in the room with the minimum space of the open window equaling at least 4% of the floor space.
- Bathroom windows should be at least 3 sq. feet with at least half of the window being able to open.
- Specialty glass such as glass block, frosted, leaded, and stain glass can be used to provide natural light as well as privacy to any room.
The best type of windows for ventilation are casement windows for they allow more circulation of air simply because the entire window can be opened.