When looking for new windows, size should be one of the first things you should consider. The size of your windows can affect the overall energy efficiency of your home. Larger-sized units will allow more natural light and fresh air into your indoor spaces. Moreover, there are still a couple of things to take note of before choosing the size of your new windows.
Factor in Thermal Mass
Thermal mass pertains to a material’s ability to absorb heat energy. High-density materials, such as concrete, bricks and tiles, require a significant amount of heat energy to change temperatures. It means that these materials have high thermal mass. On the other hand, lightweight materials like timber have low thermal mass. The right use of thermal mass throughout your home can help with your comfort and utility costs.
Homes with higher thermal mass levels and larger north-facing windows will benefit from more expansive areas of glass. If your home has lower thermal lass, think twice about getting larger windows. It would be a good idea to review your local building codes as they often state the minimum glass area for rooms.
Consider the Location of Windows
The location of your windows can help you choose the right unit size. Only early morning and late afternoon sunlight in summer hit south-facing windows. Your window replacement contractor may suggest getting smaller windows for this area of your home to minimize heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer.
Meanwhile, get larger windows on the north-facing side to make the most of the sun’s heat during the colder months. Since the sun is at a higher angle in the sky during summer, you can easily shade north-facing windows with awnings and eaves. Keeping east- and west-facing windows small and shaded will prevent your home from getting too hot in summer. These windows tend to get generous amounts of sun in the warmer months.
Determine if You Have Standard-Sized Windows
Replacement windows usually come in some consistent size dimensions. These units are made to fit the usual size of rough openings in homes. However, they do not always work for every project. Your project’s total cost depends on the size of your new windows and the style you choose.
To determine the size of units needed, your contractor will use a size notation for the replacement windows. They will measure the width and height of the window opening and combine it to get this size notation. Usually, the measurements of the window are half an inch less than what’s indicated on its label. It is so your window contractor can install the new units easily. For instance, a 44 inches x 44 inches opening actually measures about 43.5 inches x 43.5 inches.
Does Your Home Need Custom-Size Windows?
If your windows are not standard size, you can choose between two routes. You can either have the rough opening adjusted to make a standard window fit. This option is ideal if the adjustments are easy to make. Your second option is to get custom windows from a reliable local contractor like Renewal by Andersen® of Nashville. Aside from quality sliding, double-hung and casement windows, we also offer a full selection of specialty windows for your home.
Our specialty windows feature the same advanced materials that our traditional styles use. They are a beautiful way to add striking features to your house. When you choose us to install your new windows, you can expect units that are durable, long-lasting and energy-efficient.
Our specialty windows are ideal for the unique spaces of your home or if you want to create a unique style. We will find a custom-fit unit that meets your needs and preferences. You can count on Renewal by Andersen of Nashville for quality products and window replacement services.
With the help of our experienced design consultants, you’ll get windows that are not only appealing, but also energy-efficient and functional. After we take custom measurements, we will give you a wide selection of customization options and help you choose the best window style for your home.
Whether you need double-hung, specialty or casement windows, you can rely on Renewal by Andersen of Nashville. Call us at (615) 238-9463, or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation. We work with homeowners in Clarksville, TN, and nearby communities.