As the UK’s foremost expert on window opening solutions, we’re well equipped to advise both businesses and homeowners about the ideal way a particular property’s windows should operate. It’s with this in mind that we thought we’d break down our top 6 window opening types, helping you to better make the right decision for your specific case. Before that, though, there’s one common question we’d like to address…

What is a window opener called?

Simply put, a window opener is just another term for window actuator. And while that word “actuator” might initially sound a intimidating, it’s widely used in this industry as a more accurate way of referring to the specific component responsible for physical movements within a mechanism or system – in our case, a window. The actuator, for instance, might allow the window to be controlled either via a manual, rotary, electrical or a motor-driven means. However, all methods enable the opening function to be reliably performed and put into action or “actualised” (hence the name).

Window opening types – which one is best for you?

With that all cleared up, you’re probably wondering what type of window opener/actuator would best suit your needs. After all, you want to ensure your building can be properly ventilated and insulated using the simplest window opening method possible. Here’s our top six types we offer broken down into the two main categories:

Hand twisting a handle to open a window

Manual window opener

Manual window openers are best suited for those types of windows that are hard to reach, often due to them being high up. It won’t surprise you to hear that manual window openers refers to any method where a manual or physical motion is used at a fixed point. This is the most common type of actuator you’ll see in commercial environments like libraries, offices, and museums. Whether operated via a conventional chain or winding pole (which are particularly great for high-level pitched roof windows) the physical motion of a manual window opener is always worth considering.

  • • Single chain
  • • Spindle
  • • Winding pole


Electric window opener

Electric window openers are easy to identify due to the main way they operate: remotely. Whereas manual openers require the physical motion to be actuated by the person themselves, electric window openers, by contrast, are activated using either a sensor, button, or pre-set configuration. This will then activate a motor built into the window mechanism, powering the actuator to in turn open the window. Electric window openers save a lot of time and energy, and provide great ease of use.

  • • Radio remote control
  • • Switch control
  • • 24 DC Transformers
Electric Window Opener

Electric Window Opener

A generous range of window opening types from Teal Products

Want to know more about which type of window opener is ideal for your type of window? We’d be happy to discuss the benefits of each with you more deeply. Just fill out our online form – we’d be happy to get back to you with a call or free quote.

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