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Old 01-21-2007, 05:34 AM   #1
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Windows? (Good or bad?)


In today's new homes are having a lot of windows a good thing or bad, when it comes to energy efficiency?

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What part of the country will the house be built in? (hot area or colder area)

Most energy efficient windows only have about an R-3 insulation value. Most walls of a house could have from R-13 to R-19+.

How many windows will face south?

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Wow! That's a HUGE difference.

Southern VA
House faces south
Windows are on pretty much every side
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Facing the house south in a colder climate will give you heat gain from the sun. Locate more windows on the south side and less on the other sides to lower heat lose thru the windows.

A southern facing house in warmer climates means that you will get more unwanted heat gain from the sun resulting in more A/C use. Locate more windows in the sides that doesn't face the sun.
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