The Top 10 Benefits of Operable Windows
Operable windows are windows which function using electric mechanisms that are sometimes automated. They eliminate the need to fiddle around with many different latches or use poles and ladders to reach high-set windows. Operable windows also negate the need to use your air conditioning as often, reducing your energy bill and carbon footprint. It’s time for Brisbane architects to consider how operable windows could drastically change any home, office, commercial building or school for the better.
1. Energy efficient
One of the biggest benefits of operable windows is that they utilise natural, passive ventilation, enhancing a building’s energy efficiency. It’s good news for your client’s electricity bill, and for the environment. Being able to exploit breezes that flow around (and now through!) the building means that the client won’t have to switch on their HVAC system as much. Everyone knows what a nightmare it can be in an office situation when each person adjusts the controls to the air conditioning to suit their individual preferences. With operable windows, this irritating issue is taken out of the equation; the building remains a comfortable temperature through natural ventilation.
2. Better airflow
Encouraging airflow within the home or commercial premises will remove that stuffy atmosphere that induces grogginess and makes people feel cramped. Operable windows can be especially beneficial for airflow in commercial buildings. You can program the above ground windows to open slightly for a few hours at night when the building is not in use so that fresh, cool air flows through the premises.
3. Improved air quality
Nobody likes to walk into a smelly stuffy room! With operable windows, the client can now get rid of any lingering odours or airborne germs! Nobody enjoys being stuck in an environment where the air is continually circulating in a closed up building; it smells gross and creates a stifling atmosphere that cultivates the spread of the common cold. Fresh air is better for the mind and can vastly improve the lifestyle of people prone to allergies.
4. Simple to operate
Get rid of ladders that pose OH&S nightmares, and long poles used for painstakingly hooking onto window latches in hard to reach places. The user can now open and close all of the windows with the push of a button instead. Operable windows are controlled via a remote or wall-mounted switch, meaning less work for everyone!
5. Protect the home/building from severe weather
Operable windows are airtight and durable. Combined with sturdy glass or double glazed panes, they can provide superior resistance against severe weather such as high winds and heavy rainfall.
6. Optimum defence against breaking and entering
Because operable windows function via electrical components, they are incredibly secure. It would take a very high-tech burglar to jimmy open these windows! Electronically operated windows are advantageous for buildings that feature windows at ground level, which are easy to reach from public walkways.
7. Easier to clean
When designing a building, keep in mind that operable windows can allow easier access for the building’s cleaners. Cleaners can now wipe down the outside of your windows from the inside, without breaking their back or causing an OH&S nightmare!
8. Intuitive design
Operable windows can be installed with sensors to assist the user in maintaining a safe and functional building. Operable windows can be fully automated to open when a smoke alarm goes off, or close when the air conditioner is turned on, or when it starts to rain. Brisbane architects should integrate electric window controls into their designs with smoke alarms or rain sensors. This will create a truly intuitive experience for the building’s users.
9. Suit a wide range of window configurations
A large variety of windows can be fitted with window automation equipment. These include louvred windows, awning sashes, sliding windows and elliptical sunshade louvres. If you have a client that has unique windows who wish to make operable, it may still be possible. Contact Unique Window Services to discuss your options.
10. Have a failsafe battery backup
A failsafe battery backup is vital for electronically controlled windows. If there’s a storm approaching, your client will want to ensure that they get those windows closed before the power’s cut! Having a failsafe battery backup incorporated into the window’s design will give your client better peace of mind and prevent panic from setting in if they lose power to the premises.