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How to Make the Most of Your South-Facing Windows

If a certain room in your house feels too hot or too cold despite the HVAC system working properly, one of the first things you should check is the window. If it’s facing south, there are a few considerations you should make so that you can maintain energy efficiency in your home.

Renewal by Andersen® of Dallas/Fort Worth, a trusted provider of replacement windows, shares a few tips to help you get the most out of your south-facing windows.

Building Specially Designed Walls

A trombe wall is built with an insulated layer of glass outside a dark masonry wall. Typically, the glass is eight to 16 inches thick. It’s designed to absorb and trap heat, which the wall gradually radiates into your room over a period of hours.

Placing Your Windows in the Right Spots

If you’re looking for a simpler solution, you might want to consider passive solar design, which involves proper window placement and design. To ensure you’re doing it right, it’s best to hire a window contractor for this project.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. In regions with warmer climates, experts recommend installing large windows on the north side of the home. This placement minimizes heat gain during the summer.

  2. In regions with colder climates, large and insulating windows are best placed on the south side of the home.

Of course, when choosing windows for your home, make sure they can reflect and absorb heat while being able to let in a sufficient amount of natural light into your home. Window products with ENERGY STAR® ratings are usually the best products to consider.

Renewal by Andersen of Dallas/Fort Worth has several years of experience providing windows installation. With our services, you can have peace of mind that your windows will be up to industry standards. Call us at (877) 605-2922 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Dallas, TX, and the surrounding areas.