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Which Way Should Your Casement Windows Open?

It pays to cover all the bases when investing in new casement windows. These aren’t limited to their exterior color and grille pattern – you’ll also have to consider which way your casement windows should open as well. And, while there are no exact rules – it doesn’t always matter whether you swing them out or in – there are some things you’ll need to take into account.

  • Open casement windows in the direction of your dominant hand. Window operation should be effortless. That’s why you should consider installing casements that are opened by your dominant hand. Right-handed people would do well to get casement windows that crank to the right while those with a dominant left hand should go for ones that crank to the left.
  • Open casement windows in opposite directions for better ventilation. Casement window replacement can help improve your home’s access to natural ventilation. It has to do with this particular window’s design. Their panels can be angled to direct cooling breezes into your living space. To benefit from this feature better, have casement windows installed on different sides of your home, and open in opposite directions. This helps increase the potential for a cross breeze, keeping your home cool and comfortable without relying too much on your air conditioning system.
  • Open casement windows to the center of the room for aesthetics. You’ll have to consider where the window hinges lie in respect to the space. Make sure the hinged side of your casement windows is close to the center of the room. This ensures that your units all open towards the middle of the space, making them more eye-catching.
  • Open paired casement windows in different directions. If you have casements that are installed next to each other, have them open in different directions for better aesthetics. In fact, you can also use this configuration for your bay window replacement or in casements that are flanking a large picture window.

Renewal by Andersen® of Arkansas is your go-to company for high-quality, fully customizable casement windows. Once you’ve decided on their final position and operating directions, just turn to us, and we’ll craft and install them according to your specific needs. We proudly serve homeowners in Fayetteville, AR, and the nearby areas. Call us today at (479) 431-3555, or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.


"We were pleased with the process from the sales representative through installation. Our windows are beautiful, and we are very pleased we made the decision to replace our windows with Renewal by Andersen."

Scott & Jackie, Arkansas, AR
November, 16

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