Single versus Double Hung Windows?

devinmom815May 6, 2011

Should I purchase single hung windows or should I purchase double hung windows? I know that single hung are less expensive than double hung, but I think double hung are more energy efficient. The single hung windows that I'm looking at are Low E and has argon gas, so that makes them energy efficient, I guess. Why is double hung better that single hung? I need help!!!!

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You can open a double hung at the top or bottom for ventilation, as opposed to a single hung you can only open at the bottom.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 1:46PM
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There is likely no energy difference between the two styles although sometimes there is less air infiltration in a single hung.

As someone who has had double hung on many houses, they are more of a pain than anything else. Who really opens the top? Not me and I live in the South. The top occasionally falls when you open the bottom making it difficult for shorter people to close.

But - screens on a single hung are just on the bottom of the window. I find this "look" to be less than ideal. Now if you aren't planning on putting screens in the windows, then it doesn't matter.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 8:04AM
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No difference in the energy efficiency of the windows if they have similar glass packages.

There will be slightly more air infiltration as david mentioned as well.

Primary benefits to a double hung are the ability to ventilate through the top sash and to tilt in the top sash to clean safely from inside the home.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 3:05PM
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