Choosing the right doors and windows to install is about much more than taste and style. Your installation choice can have huge savings for you and your family in the long run. In order to get the savings you deserve it is important to know what you should consider when deciding what window and door installations are best for you.
It is essential to consider what direction your various windows and doors are facing. The direction can make all the difference in your overall energy costs as well as the general comfort of your experience in your house. Passive solar home design refers to choosing where your doors and windows are located in consideration of controlling solar energy to provide heating, cooling, and lighting. A passive solar design strategy can vary depending on the building’s location and the climate of the region. You should orient, size, and select glass that maximizes solar heat in the winter and minimizes heat in the summer.
Window choice should also depend on what climate you are living in. If you are living in a heating-dominated climate, major window areas should face the south in order to collect solar heat throughout the winter when the sun is at its lowest. Windows on the west, north, and east facing walls should be minimized so that they allow adequate light in consideration of your lighting bill but they should not be so large as to be letting the heat escape.
Now, if you live in a cooling climate, it is best to use north-facing windows and to shade your south-facing windows. This will allow you to preserve more heat in the winter and to capitalize on solar power opportunities when the sun is highest.
Energy-Efficient Set-up of Accessories:
Very often we only consider style and décor when selecting the curtains and blinds for our new windows. Doing so is a missed opportunity to save on energy costs in the long run. During warm weather, install white window shades, drapes or blinds in order to reflect the heat away from the house and close south and west-facing curtains during the day. You can even go so far as to apply sun-control films on south-facing windows in order to reduce heat gain. These tips should decrease your need for air-conditioning in those warm months. During the cold months, be sure to close your shades and curtains at night in order to defend against cold drafts; conversely, open these coverings during the day time to allow solar heat to come in. You can also install exterior or interior storm windows, which can reduce heat loss by almost 20%. Many people report proper window attendance as making a significant difference in their annual heating, cooling, and lighting bills.
There is much more to consider when installing windows and doors than just style. Properly assessing the location and seasons can save your household hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs. Furthermore, governments around the world are recognizing the benefits of these kinds of considerations for the environment and there have been trends towards subsidies for such environment conscious housing upgrades. Be sure to do your research to find out if any of these opportunities could be available for you.