Windows have the ability to make your basement more aesthetically pleasing and boost safety. Large basement windows, sometimes called "egress windows," from Pella of Danville are built to let more light into underground areas than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that are put above ground. They also give you an escape in case of an emergency.
The main differentiator between basement, or egress, windows and standard windows is that basement windows are required to be big enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements set forth in building codes. You are able to choose from appropriately sized casement, sliding or double-hung windows when you put in basement windows. Be sure you fully understand local building codes prior to purchasing basement windows.