Since their patent was approved in 1901, jalousie windows have been around for the last century. However, they weren’t used until the middle of the 1900s, when their popularity reached its peak from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. This is because they were especially useful in warmer climates due to the ventilation and airflow they can provide your home. They also permitted natural light to enter your home while blocking direct sunlight and rain from entering.
Despite their popularity, however, the energy crisis of the 1970s quickly put an end to the widespread use of this window style. Nowadays, they’re rarely used as a window installation option for most homes and can only be seen in mid-century homes.
In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Connecticut discusses the reasons why the jalousie window fell out of favor.
Jalousie windows are one of the easiest windows types to break into. By simply prying the metal tab up, intruders can easily remove the glass slats to gain access to your home. This made jalousie windows a liability for homeowners and most locales started prohibiting their use as a window installation option.
Central air conditioning in homes became widespread during the 70s. This usually added to monthly utility bills, so homeowners constantly looked for ways to avoid air leaks that caused their air conditioners to work harder. Unfortunately for homes with jalousie windows, the window style was notorious for air leaks. While they were designed before central air conditioning became popular, once homes started to implement it, jalousie windows quickly lost their popularity as weatherstripping couldn’t be added to prevent air leaks.
Window Options For Mid-Century Homes
While jalousie windows can still suit mid-century homes, the concerns stated above make them a poor window replacement choice. It’s better to consider every other window style currently available, such as sliding, casement, or picture windows. Not only are they more secure but they’re also more energy-efficient compared to jalousie windows, allowing you to protect your home from potential intruders and save a significant amount on your utility costs at the same time.
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