If you’re not familiar with window terminology, a casement windows has a single glass panel that swings open to the outside. Typically, they swing outward, away from the frame and the wall, from a single hinge. Some casement windows can swing outward up to 90 degrees from the building. These windows usually operate via a crank that makes the window simple to open and close.
Casement windows are perfect for areas in your home where an unobstructed view is desired, especially San Diego homes in canyon areas or along the coast with beach views. Unlike windows that slide open, a casement window is not divided into two panels, so you have a wide open view of the outdoors. They also provide excellent ventilation. In an area like San Diego, with almost perfect temperatures year round, casement windows are an ideal way to take advantage of the mild climate by opening up your home to the fresh air.
As far as energy efficiency is concerned, casement windows are second only to fixed pane windows, also known as picture windows, when all other window features are equal (size, coatings, spacers, gas fill, etc.). This is because the window sash in a casement window presses firmly against the frame when closed, creating an airtight seal. This helps prevent air entry and leakage, which is a large component in energy efficiency ratings.
Casement windows are often placed above counters or appliances in kitchens, or above toilets in bathrooms, since their crank mechanism allows for easier opening and closing in these circumstances, but they can really be placed anywhere in the home.
There are a couple things to remember when considering casement windows for your San Diego home. First, you may want to use HD window screens to maximize the view through your casement windows, considering their best feature is unobstructed views. Secondly, since many casement windows open a full 90 degrees outward, outdoor space for the window pane to open is required. Third, there is a limit to the size a casement window can be, since it hangs on hinges. If you want a larger, unobstructed view, you could opt instead for a picture window.
If you’re not sure where to place casement windows in your home, talk to a reputable San Diego replacement window company. A knowledgeable representative should be able to walk you through the advantage and disadvantages of the various types of replacement windows.