If you’re in the process of building a new home or renovating your current living space, you know that there are seemingly endless decisions to be made. For example, when it comes to windows for your new space, you will be bombarded with your choice of different window types, quality, glass selection and treatments.
It’s enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed.
In the face of so many decisions, you might be asking yourself: Does window placement really matter? And the answer is yes, window placement matters. A lot. Choosing the optimal physical location and orientation of your windows impacts your mood, energy bills and the function of your home.
Window placement matters for a variety of reasons. Chief among them:
- Energy efficiency
By carefully planning where to install your windows you can bring sunlight and heat into a home during winter, protect your home from direct heat and more.
- Style and appearance
Your choice of window placement will help determine the style and the appearance of your home.
- Bring the outdoors in
Windows allow homeowners to bring the outside in and create connection to the world around us. Embrace window placement that makes you feel more connected to your yard or neighborhood.
Not only can the right window orientation and placement brighten the mood in any room; the proper window orientation can actually make your home more energy efficient. Orienting your windows toward the sun conserves energy in cool climates. Orienting windows away from the sun can help cut cooling costs in warm climates. And when you are saving energy, you are saving money!
Here is some information to help you determine which orientation will be the best fit for your room:
- Northern Exposure
For even and natural lighting that will help you beat the summer heat, north-facing windows are the ticket. Northern exposure will provide consistent light throughout the day for a calm atmosphere, but it does not provide the most or brightest lighting.
- Southern Exposure
South-facing windows allow for the most exposure to sunlight, especially in the winter months. However, southern exposure lighting tends to be a little harsh.
- Eastern Exposure
Rise with the sun in a room with eastern-facing windows. Because eastern exposure provides the most sunlight in the morning hours, it is an early riser’s dream and a late sleeper’s nightmare.
- Western Exposure
Bask in a warm afternoon glow and watch the sun set through your western-facing windows. But beware of the late-afternoon glare that might make you think twice about choosing western exposure for your TV room.
Planning window placement for your new or existing home? For optimal window placement consulting to sliding glass door repair and custom-cut glass solutions – lean on your local Glass Doctor® for all things glass and windows. Call 833-974-0209 today or request an appointment to get started.
Looking for creative lighting options for your home? Look no further! Check out these lighting ideas from our friends at Mr. Electric®. Like Glass Doctor, Window Genie is a member of the Neighborly® family of home service providers.