Windows are one of my favorite topics. I love windows. I have lots of them. I like to feel like I am outside. If I had 100 acres, I’d build a glass house right in the middle. Windows today are much more efficient than they were ten years ago. If you have the inclination and the means to replace your old ones, do! When I remodeled two years ago, I replaced about 2/3 of my windows, and it made a huge difference in my heating bill.
Today’s energy efficient windows are made for the different orientations in your home. Some keep heat out, some let it in. Also take into consideration views you want to take in or block, natural lighting and furniture placement.
When you are shopping for efficient windows, this information will tell you about window performance:
For passive solar applications, you want:
For northern orientation, you want:
Talk to a reputable energy efficient window distributor, read the labels on the windows, and check out these websites for more information – www.energysavers.gov and the website of the NFRC, www.nfrc.org.
Guest post by Nan Fischer, a Certified EcoBroker specializing in green real estate in Taos, NM. Follow her on Twitter for a daily green news feed, www.twitter.com/nan_fischer. Nan writes about green building, solar energy and the environment on her blog, www.desertverde.com. .
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