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Hopper windows are small, wide windows with a single pane that cranks either outside or inside the home to open. The hopper typically doesn't open all the way so that the pane doesn't bang down against the wall. These small windows are great in areas with little space or in need of a little extra ventilation.
But there are some other pros—and cons—you should consider before selecting a hopper while purchasing replacement windows.
Pro: Energy Efficient
When a hopper window closes, it fits snugly against the frame and creates an airtight barrier. This helps prevent air from moving in and out of your home through the window, which can happen with double-hung windows. Double-hung involves a rigid upper window and a moving lower window that slides up over the rigid window. Even when closed, there is an overlapping part between the sections of window that can allow air to leak through.
Hopper windows are also often made with a vinyl frame and sometimes also a vinyl panel in place of the glass pane. Vinyl frames are one of the most energy efficient frame materials on the market and are comparable with more expensive wood frames.
Pro: Easy Maintenance and Versatility
The ability of a hopper window to fold far out or in easily opens up its surface areas for cleaning. Dirt and dust can't become trapped between two overlapping panes of glass and you won't need to go outside to clean the window even if it does swing out. Simply remove the screen and lean over the open window to clean.
Hopper windows tend to be rather small, which makes them the perfect windows for laundry rooms, small bathrooms, basements, or even larger rooms that simply need a little extra ventilation. And the easy open cranks make the windows easy to operate for even those with joint problems.
Cons: Small, No Window Air Conditioner
The small size can be a virtue in some situations but not ideal if you need a primary window for a large room. The size and opening style also mean that a hopper window can't support a window air conditioner, which relies on the frame of the window for stability.
You could still use a portable air conditioner with a hopper window. Portable units sit on the floor but have an exhaust hose that needs to stick out a window for venting. A hopper is great for this purpose because you can crank the hopper open just enough for the hose, and the window can simultaneously help hold the hose in place. For more information about windows, visit Another Estimate LLC.