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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.

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Raymond Mills
Oct 13, 2022

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Nov 17, 2022

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Nov 17, 2022

"Everyone I worked with from setting up the initial appointment to the salesman to the installers to everyone who checked on us and kept us updated on the progress of the windows was courteous, professional, and responsive. There’s always someone who is willing to answer your question without jumping through hoops which is rare these days! The installers were on time, did a beautiful job, cleaned up the space better than I expected, and even helped me with some blinds I couldn’t remove and fixed my squeaky front door! I’ve already recommended Renewal by Anderson to friends!"

Karen Mortillaro
Nov 19, 2022

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