Windows have the ability to make your basement more visually pleasing and offer added safety. Large basement windows, sometimes known as "egress windows," from Pella of Annapolis are created to allow more light into underground rooms than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that are added above ground. They also give you a way to get out in case of an emergency.
The primary difference between basement, or egress, windows and standard windows is that basement windows have to be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements set forth in building codes. You are able to pick from properly sized casement, sliding or double-hung windows when you put in basement windows. Make sure you fully understand local building codes before your purchase of basement windows.