If you want the ease of cranking open your windows, think about casements. They swing open like a door, either to the left or the right. When closed, they have multipoint locks, which ensure a tight closure from outside elements and noise. Look for folding handles that won’t interfere with window treatments, and stainless steel hinges that will resist the deterioration caused by moisture.
Similar to a casement, the awning window also cranks open, only the hinges are at the top of the window, not the side. They’re ideal for venting a room and can eliminate the worry of rain getting in, should you forget to close them completely.
The double hung is the typical, traditional window with two sashes that slide up and down. Often in older home, they are hard to open, or slam shut unless the sash if propped open, however innovative newly engineered double hungs slide open easily and stay in place to keep you and your family safe.
If you want a window that doesn’t need room to swing like a casement and is positioned in a hard-to-reach area such as over a bed or kitchen counter, the glider is a great choice. Gliders can have one or two sliding sashes. Look for a quality window with a good locking mechanism that ensure security and tight closure against the weather.