You may not fully know how your windows can affect your home’s temperature. There are several ways, all of which can affect your utility costs over time if hot air gets trapped in your home in the summer or escapes during the winter.
The placement and positions of the windows in your home are the biggest factors in how they affect your home’s temperature, both directly and indirectly. If you have multiple windows that face the sun in one room of your house, the room can start to feel like a sauna during the warmest days of the year. Conversely, this can bring in some much-needed heat during harsh winters.
It may also be worth noting where your thermostat is placed in relation to your windows. Thermostats have thermometers built into them that monitor the temperature around them. If the area near your thermostat gets a lot of light, you can end up getting not enough temperature control or too much.
The type of glaze your windows have will also affect the temperature in your home. Double-glazed windows tend to allow less heat to escape than single-glazed windows due to the additional insulation the second layer provides. Furthermore, air has a harder time moving through the argon-based coating of double-glazed windows. This keeps warm air in during the winter and cool air in during the summer.
If you find that your home feels a little too warm in the summer, you might want to open up your windows to let in a breeze without turning on the AC. What many people don’t know is that they can actually improve the airflow in their homes by opening two windows in the same room. This allows air to come in through one window and go out the other, preventing potential hot air from becoming trapped inside and making the space more uncomfortable.
Now that you know how your windows can affect your home’s temperature, you know what to look for when you’re buying a home or renovating the one you have now. By taking into account placement, glazing, and air regulation, you can make an informed choice and know what questions to ask. Our experts at Window Source of the Rockies are some of the most knowledgeable of any window company in Colorado Springs. Call today for any questions!