Finding the right window size can be challenging. There are several factors that you need to consider beyond aesthetics. While large windows are generally attractive and offer more natural lighting, they can introduce excess heat into the room during summer.
To ensure an appropriate window size, here are a few basic things you need to consider.
A large window facing north will give your more heat and sunlight, which are beneficial during the winter season. But to prevent excess heat during the warmer months, you can shade your north-facing windows using awnings and eaves. Consult window professionals regarding the best placement for your windows so that you can maximize their energy efficiency and natural lighting.
Thermal mass refers to the ability of materials to absorb heat. For example, brick, concrete and tile are high-density materials that require a lot of heat for their temperature to change. Thus, they are considered to have high thermal mass. On the other hand, lightweight materials like timber have low thermal mass because they only need a small amount of heat to change their temperature. As a rule of thumb, homes that have a high thermal mass are OK to have larger windows. Meanwhile, homes with low thermal mass should have smaller windows.
Standard window sizes are often readily available in stores, so they’re more convenient for customers to purchase. However, since the rooms or areas in your home have specific requirements, they may require windows that don’t match the standard sizes. In this case, it’s best to have your windows custom-built. With custom windows, you can be sure you’re getting the best window size for your space that meets your requirements for natural lighting and energy efficiency.
As one of the area’s top home improvement contractors, Polk Contracting, Inc. can provide you with superior workmanship. Call us at (410) 994-2801 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.