Window Placement: Design Your Home and Conserve Energy

Window Placement: Design Your Home and Conserve Energy
Window Placement: Design Your Home and Conserve Energy

There are ways to design a new home and conserve energy by taking advantage of the things that nature provides for us. Knowing which direction the sun comes up and how much sun your home is exposed to each day will be a great benefit for window placement.  Issues such as window and door location can help you use some of these advantages. Living in the southern part of Louisiana we have a lot of sunlight during the summer. My home is facing south to take full advantage of the sunlight during the winter months. Just using what nature gives us is a great way to save money.

Window Placement for the Sun

You want to make sure the largest windows in your home are facing the direction you get the best benefit from. If you have more cold days than the warm ones you would want to design your home to let the heat from the sun heat your house during the day. You would draw the blinds during the day to let as much sunshine as you can in to help warm you home. The natural lighting that lights up your home on the cold winter day is also soothing to the soul. In the summer time you would want to cover these windows with blinds to help keep the heat out. This would be a great place to consider a large insulated plate operating glass window. Also consider a large tinted window to shade the light on warmer days. Your local glass contractor can show you all the options available for you for a custom fit insulated plate glass window.

Window Placement for the Wind

There is nothing like the fragrance of fresh air moving through your home. If you are fortunate enough to live in the country taking advantage of the wind is a great option you have. The late autumn months when we start to get the early cold fronts moving through is a prime opportunity to open your north facing windows to let the fresh cool air move in and out of your home. I always recommend windows that open in some way. I strongly recommend against fixed pane windows or picture windows. If your power ever goes out being able to open and close your windows could be a great option.

Consider the Types of Windows

If you are designing a new home or adding rooms to the house you already have to be sure to consider a huge factor such as window placement. Be sure to consider the types of windows to use also. Always consider windows that operate rather than fixed pane windows. Use insulated glazing to your advantage. There are also several types of insulated windows on the market. Windows can be custom made to accommodate for any construction needs that may arise in new construction or remodeling. Your local glass contractor will show you all the options available to you if you are considering custom windows.

 

Window Installation: How to Choose Energy Efficient Window

Windows are the biggest source of energy loss that we have in our homes. If you live in an older home chances are that you have single pane windows. Most of your older windows in your older homes are made from aluminum and we loss energy through them by way of convection. Regardless if you are building a new home or you are in an older home there are a lot of money saving options available to you when choosing your window installation. If you live in an older home you should really consider window installation to a more energy efficient option.

Retrofit Window

This is an option for older homes. More than likely your older home has single pane aluminum windows. These windows can be taken out and replaced with custom built windows to fit the window opening that has been left after taking the older window out. Check your area for window installation contractors that offer this type of service. Replace these windows with a more energy efficient option and your window installation project will pay for itself with the money you save on your energy bill.

Window Installation in a New Construction Project

With today’s options we have when it comes to windows you should have no excuse to choose energy efficient windows for your new project. Check with your local window supplier and choose the best energy efficient option for your area. People that live up north do not need the same window as people who live down south. We are exposed to different elements in the different areas we live in. We need windows that are tested and can stand up to hurricane force winds in the coastal areas. We will need windows with a higher insulation value for the north.

Window Installation: Material Options

In the older days windows were made of wood and the single panes were held in place with sparkling. Over time the wooden window frames would shrink and the sparkling would crack and we would develop cracks in our windows. After wooden windows we were introduced to aluminum windows. This was a great option that improved the window because we no longer had a wooden frame that would rot or shrink. With single pane aluminum windows we would still loose energy through convection. This is when you can touch your window on the inside and still feel the hot or cold air. Today we still have aluminum windows but the insulated panes were added to help cut energy cost. Window companies have made enormous advance when it comes to window materials. Vinyl and vinyl covered wooden windows are great options today to help cut down on this convection problem.

Double Insulated Windows

Regardless of the window material option you choose double pane glass is the only way to insure you get the most you can from your windows when it comes to energy efficiency. There are several options available to you here as well. The double insulated window consist of two glass panes that have been placed in your window frame and then a vacuum created between the two panes for insulation. This is a great improvement over single panes glass. Another more expensive option is a double insulated glass where a low e coating has been placed on the inside of the glass on each pane to help cut down on heat loss. If at any time you can see a fog or sweat develop inside of your insulated panes of glass they need to be replaced. They may have developed a crack in the glass and your vacuum has been compromised and you have lost you insulating properties. Windows are one of the things in your home that can cost you money or create huge savings for you. Take a look at your windows and see where you stand.