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How Does Home Design Impact Performance of Windows?

How Does Home Design Impact Performance of Windows?

If you’re building a new home in Grand Rapids, you have the opportunity to play a role in the amount of energy your home consumes by using a good design. Likewise, if you’re in the market for replacement windows, you have the opportunity to greatly update the look of your home while using a good design that supports the opportunity for a smaller carbon footprint. Let’s take a glance at some tips for the Grand Rapids area.

Consider the Direction Your Windows Face

You need to consider the direction your windows face and the weather conditions you live in.

For instance, if it’s toasty in Grand Rapids, you could want to think about placing more windows on the north side of your home to decrease the amount of direct sunlight that will go in your home. For windows that will still receive bright sun, consider a design with overhangs and buying windows with Low-E glass, which can help reduce the amount of UV rays coming inside your home.

On the flipside, if the climate in Grand Rapids is a bit more chilly the majority of the year, you might think about placing more windows on the south side of your house to increase your solar gain. Just like they can help keep the heat out in warmer area, Low-E windows help insulate and keep heat in your home.

Bumping Up Efficiency with Replacement Windows

Maybe you’re not building a home in Grand Rapids or doing a massive remodel that could include shifting window locations. If you’re just looking for replacement windows, you still have many choices that may help you reduce the carbon footprint of your home. Low-E windows are still a fantastic possibility. You can uncover an option suited for pretty much every climate. In addition to the windows themselves, the installation is critical to the performance of your windows—fantastic companies for professional installation exist in Grand Rapids.

Windows need to be installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and be appropriately sealed during installation to perform correctly. That’s a big reason that professional installation is a good option for many people.

For more tips, check out Pella Windows and Doors on Pinterest. The experts at our Grand Rapids showroom are always ready to help you find personalized solutions. Stop in today or call us at 616-201-0206.

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