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Harnessing Passive Heating With Your Windows

If you are looking to renovate your home, consider incorporating large, south-facing windows. In doing so, you are harnessing solar power in your home. This is known as passive solar design, which uses the sun’s energy effectively without the aid of panels or other mechanical systems. In addition to windows, other building elements like walls and floors can help boost the efficient use of the sun’s heat.

Passive heating using windows

Window Placement

The placement of your home’s windows plays a crucial role in achieving passive heating for your home. Living in a warmer climate means the largest windows are reserved for the north-facing part of the house to reduce heat gain during summer while letting sunlight indoors.

Conversely, large windows should be placed on the south-facing side so they can draw heat during the winter months. When the summer comes, shading in the form of awnings or trees prevents certain rooms from becoming saunas.

The Best Windows for Passive Heating

Proper window orientation shouldn’t be the only thing to consider when considering passive solar design. You should also take the window features into account. For south-facing windows, for instance, choose those with low emissivity (low-E) glass coatings. Plus, make sure they have the appropriate solar heat gain coefficient (SGHC) and U-factor ratings suitable for your local area.

To help you make the right selection, get in touch with the experts at Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis. We offer a wide array of high-quality replacement windows and doors, each one backed with an outstanding warranty. We can provide homeowners with a variety of options when it comes to the size, style and design of their new windows.

Call (314) 983-9977, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve Missouri homeowners, including those in Chesterfield and the surrounding communities.

Reviews

"This was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a company. I ordered the windows in November and was told they wouldn't be here until July. That kind of delay the new norm so I wasn't a bit upset with the timeline. I was given an early present when they called to say the windows would be in at the beginning of May. We agreed on the week of May 16th to do the installation, there were 30 windows and a sliding door to install. They arrived promptly on their scheduled install date, and got straight to work. By the end of day one, they had all the upstairs windows complete and their work was incredible. Day two came with more of the same, the crew showed up promptly, got straight to work, and when they left they had every window downstairs installed. The third day they again arrived on-time, and got to work installing the door. The door and windows are perfectly installed. The two lads that did the installation did a phenomenal job, and were friendly to boot. I would give them more business if I had any :) The service I received from the company was great. They kept me abreast of anything that was going on with my order. I appreciate my concierge, Christina, she was good at communicating timelines and getting everything scheduled."

Lane Maxwell
Jun 28, 2022

"The two installers were great! They were polite and hard working and they cleaned up all the outside and inside. It was like they were never here. As for the windows, I love them, not only looks great, they are efficient. Now every window in my home has Renewal by Anderson."

Mark Palsgrove
Jun 23, 2022

"We had the pleasure recently of having Andersen replace all of our windows. From the very first interaction with the office personnel through the completion of the project, they have been nothing but professional. From Brian our sales rep to Christina the appointment scheduler, they were a pleasure to interact with. Installers Keith, John, and Evan were fantastic to work with. They went above and beyond to repair an area which was slightly damaged during the removal of a window...caulked and painted it. They took extra precaution to ensure the floors were covered while working inside and cleaned up each day inside and out. We love the look of our new windows and can't wait to enjoy the savings in utilities they'll provide. Thanks so much Renewal by Andersen!!"

Kevin Corrigan
Jun 15, 2022

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