There are various factors to consider when shopping for replacement windows. Aside from style and color, size is also an essential thing to think about carefully before purchasing. The size of your windows can affect the overall energy efficiency, comfort and appeal of your humble abode.
Here are tips to help you determine the ideal window size for your home.
Consider the Location of Your Windows
During the colder months, you can enjoy energy savings by placing larger windows in the north part of your home. You can easily shade north-facing windows in summer with eaves and awnings. Moreover, you want to go for smaller windows in the southern parts of your home to keep heated air from escaping during winter and minimize heat gain in summer.
While east and west-facing windows get small amounts of sun during spring, autumn and winter, they tend to receive a lot of sunlight in summer. To avoid discomfort and increased energy costs, keep these windows small and well-shaded.
Don’t Forget About Thermal Mass
Before getting your new vinyl windows, be sure to also consider thermal mass. It pertains to a material’s ability to absorb heat energy. High-density materials like bricks, concrete and tiles need a significant amount of heat energy because they have high thermal mass. Meanwhile, lightweight materials like timber like low thermal mass. The right balance of thermal mass in your home can do wonders for your comfort and energy costs.
If your home has materials made of high thermal mass, you will benefit from larger, north-facing windows. On the other hand, you should minimize expansive areas of standard glass if you have a home with less thermal mass. With energy-efficient windows, you won’t have to worry about reduced energy efficiency and performance regardless of the glass size.
Turn to Homecraft Inc. for quality vinyl and wood window installation services. Our team also installs high-quality doors, roofing, siding, and gutters. Call us at (302) 798-0302 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Bear and Wilmington, DE.