Are windows better open at the top or bottom?

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  1. Hoss

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    Which is better and why.
     
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    Top and bottom if you want convection currents to circulate air.

    Top open and bottom closed if you have dogs who think they can blast through the screen to get out and catch evil squirrels.
     
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    Good question, Hoss. I just replaced the casement windows in my house with double hung. I'll be watching the answers to your question.
     
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    I usually open the bottom windows on one side of the room and the top on the other side to create currents to pull out the hot air.
     
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    I don't recall having encountered any type of window on a house other than top edge awnings and casements until I started visiting the US regularly, sliding/screen doors aside.

    I open the bottom of a double hung most of the time for convenience if nothing else, though temperature can dictate the choice.

    Trivia: I hadn't encountered a window screen until I first went to the US, either.
     
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    There is usually no screening to keep out the mosquitoes and flies, so I'd say the bottom.
     
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    A open window is just a portal.
    In the absence of a hanky code, buy it an exploratory drink, and shoot the breeze...
    It's your preference whether you top or bottom it.
    :rolleyes:
     
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    You, sir, have spent far too long in the company of homosexuals; you know what they say: hang around the barbershop long enough, you're bound to get a haircut :wink:
     
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    Corrupted by reading The Spin Cycle, no doubt? :eek:

    It figures a double hung window intrudes into the discussion on this site, huh?:rolleyes:
     
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    Opening the window from the top allows me to keep the windows open when it rains. However, I guess that depends on how ones home is designed.
     
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    Opening the top lets all the stored heat escape.
     
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    I always assumed people would have screens on all windows to keep the bugs out, only on House Hunters International did I learn that it's not standard everywhere.

    As fas as windows go, I've never opened them from the top.
     
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    Living in an area with so many mosquitoes, I can't imagine not having screens, but it must be nice.

    I don't think double hung windows are as common in recently constructed homes (in the U.S., anyway). My house is about 100 years old, so I have done a great deal of work on this type of window.
     
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    For neither the first nor the last time, I take small credit in having opened some heretofore unopened doors (or windows, to keep the post on topic) :biggrin1:
     
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    These have been very helpful responses I will examine them completely.

    There are a zillion double hungs in my house and they were all standard old school wooden frame single pane glass they've been replaced with these strange vinyl clad dual pane which actually can be opened top and bottom and close again tightly. The old windows if the top was opened would slide down and never seem to be able to stay closed again without a nail or holding wedge.
     
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    I grew up in a 110 year old Victorian in the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin. It had counter-weights for both the top and bottom sashes. I gather this was common in Victorian homes. Craftsmen style homes and other styles of the 20th century had single-hung units with top sashes that were meant to stay in place. They often didn't have any counter-weights. That's probably what you're talking about, Hoss.

    I grew up with the top sashes opened, because it allowed the rising hot air to escape, keeping the house cooler. In our current home we have double hung vinyl windows and continue to open the top sashes because, if nothing else, it keeps the cat from putting holes in the screens.
     
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    I love how JoyBoy got the words Hot, Holes, Top, Bottom and Hung in his answer:cool:
     
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    Louvre type windows..... fantastic in hot climates, pain in the arse in colder, like the UK.

    Got top / side double glazed uPVC units, and find the side windows best to be open, normally in pairs.
     
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