While it may not seem like a big deal, installing the wrong type of windows in a north-facing wall can cost you. Choose windows that are too small, and you sacrifice natural light. Choose ones that are too big or non-insulated and you could find yourself chilly on a winter day.
North-facing windows help keep a home cooler in the summer months, as they get less direct sun, so you don’t get the heat gain that you do on southern-facing windows. However, north facing windows on a cold, blustery winter day can rob your home of heat if they are ill fitting or single paned.
So how do you choose the right ones? Read on for some tips.
Energy Efficient Windows
Whether you’re installing new windows for new construction, as a home upgrade, or a replacement, consider using materials and products that can make your home more energy-efficient. New windows that are constructed from vinyl, wood or other materials, and windows that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® standards will help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They will also aid in lowering your home energy costs.
If you choose a product like Simonton, custom vinyl windows have a lifetime transferable guarantee that will give you the assurance that your windows will be covered for the duration of your ownership, as well as those who may own your home after you.
The type and style of window is also a consideration for north facing windows. Picture windows or other types that don’t have joints can lock in heat, and multi-pane windows will help keep the cold winds of winter at bay. On the other side of the house, where sun can be an issue, Low-E glass will let the light in while keeping the heat out in the summer months.
Invest in Modern Window Technology
The advent of new technologies in window construction and materials give homeowners options that were unavailable 20 or 30 years ago. If you have an older home with older single pane, double hung, casement or other window types, replacing the windows will add a fresh look to your home and reduce energy consumption.
Windows produced by Sunrise, Simonton, and Andersen have many options of designs and window types to suit your window replacement needs. They all make superior products and give you a multitude of options that will suit the design and look of your home and make windows that can stand up to the onslaught of a cold northern wind.
Check your Windows for Drafts
Drafty north-facing windows can be the biggest culprit in winter energy costs, but all of your windows need to seal tightly, with no evident air infiltration. New windows can be a part of an overall energy savings plan for your home that will reduce annual energy costs, saving your hundreds of dollars in energy loss.
New Window Installation in Montgomery County, MD
Are you installing north-facing windows in your Maryland home? Stick to these tips and it will become your favorite window in the house.
If you live in the Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia area, make Shanco Companies your go-to window installation company! For more than 20 years, we’ve installed new windows for homeowners throughout the area. There is no installation project our experienced window contractors can’t handle. Contact us today!