With the ever-increasing cost of electricity, using everything you can to reduce your home’s electrical costs is important if you want to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long run. One of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is daylighting or the practice of using natural light indoors through doors or windows.
In order to get the most out of daylighting, your home must have enough openings to let sunlight enter your home. This is possible through smart placement of windows around key areas. Fortunately, daylighting comes naturally with installing windows, but smart window installation will still go a long way in reducing your electric bill as much as possible.
Daylighting Minus the Heat
Most people believe that having too much light in your home can negatively affect your home’s cooling, resulting in higher energy usage in the long run. Fortunately, our windows use technology, such as the Renewal by Andersen® Low-E4® glass technology, which lets plenty of natural light in while still keeping the heat to a minimum.
Proper Window Placement
Proper window placement is the key to effective daylighting. Putting your new windows in parts of your home that receive (and distribute) the most amount of sunlight indoors will yield better results than just randomly installing them. You also have to make sure that the windows are facing south to capture as much sunlight throughout the entire day. However, you have to be careful not to install so many much windows that your home will heat up, even with low-E glass. Consult your trusted window contractor for this.
There are some instances where you may have to control the amount of light entering through your windows. Fortunately, installing window treatments like curtains or blinds is usually enough to do the trick. This is especially important during the warmer months when cooling takes precedence over natural lighting.
Do you want to use daylighting to your advantage? Renewal by Andersen of Omaha and Lincoln can help. We are the sole distributors of Renewal by Andersen windows in Lincoln, Bellevue and Omaha. Call us at (402) 513 -2828, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.