Sliding Window / July 28, 2018 / Burrell Lebel
Sliding window locks are often called vent locks as they allow the window to be locked slightly open for ventilation. The recommended gap is 100mm but never have more than 150mm. The theory is that if a head can get through a window a person can squeeze through. The venting position is not as secure as when the window is shut and locked. Therefore you should only leave your windows locked open you are at home.
Depending on the window treatments you chose you have the opportunity to enjoy an unobstructed view of the outdoors and maximize the potential for allowing fresh air ina great energysaving benefit during the warmer months when a subtle breeze can save you from constantly running your air conditioning. These windows are also space savers because they slide rather than crank out. You can be sure that a vinyl sliding window will not interfere with an outdoor deck patio or walkway and they wont interfere with or open into your landscaping.
Many new sliding windows have key locking latches already installed. Some allow the window to be locked slightly open for ventilation. If your home has these window locks they are usually secure enough to keep your insurance company happy. If your home has only a simple nonlocking latch you should secure them with a keylocking sliding window lock or a window grill. Installing window locks yourself will cost AUD$15$20 per window. Having these locks supplied and installed by a locksmith will cost $40$50 per window.