New energy-efficient windows can be a significant investment, which is why you should maximize your ROI. One way to bump up the potential energy savings from new windows is to incorporate passive solar design in your home. Comfort King Windows & Doors, your go-to company for the best windows in the province, shows you how below.
How Passive Solar Design Works
In a house that incorporates passive solar design, the windows are located on the south side, which receives the most sunlight. A system of fans then distributes the heat passing through the windows to help maintain comfortable temperatures indoors.
How to Incorporate Passive Solar Design
Luckily, there’s no need to install fans or blowers to incorporate a bit of passive solar design into your home. All you have to do is install your new windows on the south side of your home. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label and check the windows’ ratings to make sure the new windows you choose meet the energy efficiency requirements set by regulators.
For homes in temperate climates, we recommend installing windows with a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and a low U-factor to maximize their energy benefits. The SHGC indicates how much heat from the sun a window can block, while the U-factor gives you an idea of how much heat transfer a window can prevent.
Do You Really Need Energy-Efficient Windows?
Why install new energy-efficient windows when you can simply install blinds? For one thing, blinds block sunlight, which can help improve your mood as well as naturally heat your home, reducing your power bill.
Of course, energy-efficient windows won’t be able to help lower heating and cooling costs if they aren’t installed properly. Installation errors can leave behind gaps through which heat can leak out. To make sure your windows are installed properly, only hire an experienced contractor.
Comfort King Windows & Doors, a contractor with more than four decades’ worth of experience and an A%20 rating from the Better Business Bureau®, offers professional window replacement services. To get a free estimate, call us at (613) 526-4550 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Ottawa as well as surrounding communities.