If you decide that you are going to need new windows, you may not be sure as to what kind of window you want to have in your house. There are all kinds of variables that can go into what kind of window you should get in your house. That can include things like window shape, window type, and types of glazing. Part of choosing what windows you want is knowing what all the window terms mean.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows are the kind you most generally see in homes. There are two window sashes in the same window opening, one on the top and one on the bottom. The windows can open from the bottom and may also be able to be opened from the top. Some of the double hung windows can fold in so that you can clean the outside as well as the inside.
In window speak, multiple glazing means that the windows have more than one pane of glass per sash. That means that there could be two pieces of glass with a neutral gas sandwiched in between. There are also triple and quadruple glazed windows. The reasons for the extra panes of glass with the neutral gas in between is that they are more energy efficient. The gas in between the panes acts as an insulator so that the temperature inside the house isn't as affected by the temperature on the outside.
Egress means exit. An egress window isn't necessarily a different kind of window, it's more of a code requirement. The requirement is that the window is big enough for a person to escape from in the case of fire or other emergency. That means it has to be a certain size and it can't be above a certain height from the floor. What those requirements are may vary from location to location.
However, in general, the windows have to be at least 20 inches wide and 24 inches high. At least one window in each bedroom should be an egress window. You should also have egress windows in your finished basement, but they will have different requirements since it's a basement. An egress window in your basement needs to be able to open fully without anything blocking it and a person should have enough space to get out.
If you are going to get new windows, understanding some of the window terminology can help you decide what's right for you. To learn more about your options, contact services like Fischer Window and Door Store.