Windows can be one of your home's most attractive features. Windows provide views, day lighting, ventilation, and solar heating in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill. During the summer, your air conditioner must work harder to cool hot air from sunny windows. Install ENERGY STAR windows and use curtains and shade to give your air conditioner and energy bill a break. If you live in the Sun Belt, look into low-e windows, which can cut the cooling load by 10% to 15%. As an Asheville NC Custom Home Builder we know the importance of choosing the correct energy saving windows for your custom application. There are considerations to be made depending upon home site position and whether the home is a passive solar type design. ENERGY STAR windows are a given requirement if the home is to be green certified.
If your home has single-pane windows, as many U.S. homes do, consider replacing them with new double-pane windows with high-performance glass (e.g., low-e). In colder climates, select windows that are gas filled with low emissivity (low-e) coatings on the glass to reduce heat loss. In warmer climates, select windows with selective coatings to reduce heat gain. If you are building a new home, you can offset some of the cost of installing more efficient windows because they allow you to buy smaller, less expensive heating and cooling equipment. Advantage Development Co. is an award winning Asheville NC Builder with over twenty years of experience in high end custom residential construction. Visit us today at http://www.advdevco.com/ to learn more about why we build better homes and have since 1990.