Windows can make your basement appear more pleasing and improve safety. Large basement windows, sometimes referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of North Carolina are built to permit more light into underground areas than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that are added above ground. They also provide a way out in case of an emergency.
The main distinction between basement, or egress, windows and standard windows is that basement windows are required to be large enough for an average-sized person to get out in order to meet safety requirements set up in building codes. You can select from correctly sized casement, sliding or double-hung windows when you install basement windows. Make certain that you fully understand local building codes before your purchase of basement windows.