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Double Hung Windows and Bay Windows: Pros and Cons

Your windows are some of the most prominent expressions of your home's style, inside and out. Windows can make a strong impression on guests, can be attractive and functional, and can serve as a strong investment. Well-constructed windows can increase the value of your home for sale, and can strengthen the value of the apartment you're renting out. Double hung windows and bay windows are two of the most popular types of windows, each with their distinct strengths and weaknesses.

Double Hung

Double hung windows are the most ubiquitous type in the country. These windows have two separate panels next to each other that work independently and can be moved to slide the upper panel down or the lower panel up.


The pros of double hung windows are several fold. Double hung windows are easy to clean and maintain. In a house or apartment with small children, it's easier to ventilate rooms while keeping the kids safe. Double hung windows are attractive and have a style that fits most rooms easily. Ventilation is also a key feature with double hung windows.


There aren't many cons to double hung windows, which is part of why they're so popular. However, these types of windows can be energy inefficient. They have a tendency to let heat (or cold) out due to the spacing between panels. Caused by the design, this spacing is hard to account for and creates the inefficiency.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are larger windows, primarily seen in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms. They have multiple panels and are usually accompanied be seating areas very nearby.


Bay windows are balanced. They are good at allowing light to shine through while still providing good ventilation to the rooms they're in. The beauty of bay windows is also well known and they can really add to the aesthetics of any room into which you install them.


Bay windows are very pricey. They are pricey to install and even more expensive to repair and maintain. For some homeowners and renters bay windows' costs may not be a deterrent but many find the cost to be too high for the reward.

Like anything else in a home, all types of windows have positive elements and limitations. Bay windows are beautiful and expensive. Double hung windows ventilate well but lack energy efficiency. These are just some of the elements to consider when evaluating types of windows for what is beneficial, or not, about them. As always, do your own research to figure out which types of windows are the best for your home or apartment. Good luck!

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