Houston has a very confusing climate. A week of chilly autumn weather might be followed up with bright sun and temperatures more reminiscent of early summer before cooling down again. With such a wide range of potential temperatures, Houston residents should consider the climate rather than individual days of weather when purchasing windows. The fact remains that Houston has a warm climate with relatively mild winters.
For most of the year, your primary concern will be keeping heat outside of your house. But even in cooler weather, properly insulated windows and careful choices will keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Let’s take a closer look at how to keep your house cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and balanced all year round.
Pay Attention to the Window Glass
The two relevant ratings on your windows are the SHGC value and the U-Factor. The U-Factor refers to how well a window keeps heat inside the home, while the SHGC value measures how much solar heat the window allows into the house. In warmer climates, an excellent SHGC value is more important to most people. But don’t underestimate the importance of a good U-Factor. Well-insulated windows help keep the interior temperature uniform no matter the temperature outside.
Consider Your Home’s Layout
Airflow plays an important role in balancing your home’s interior temperature. Fortunately, strategic placement of your windows can encourage cross-ventilation when you open the windows. For example, avoid placing two windows directly across from each other in a room–that restricts airflow to the area between the windows, leaving most of the room untouched. Offsetting the windows encourages air circulation throughout the entire room.
Try Different Window Styles
It’s always nice to have the option to open your windows. But how often do you actually do it, especially during the summer months? And do you ever open windows in certain parts of your home? In some cases, it may be better to install a stationary window. You’ll get the same view of the outdoors without the slightly higher price of an opening window or the risk of air leakage. Homeowners in warm, humid climates will find these types of windows helpful.
A Comfortable Home Environment
Windows play an important role in your home’s climate control. Don’t settle for anything less than energy-efficient windows perfect for the warm Houston climate!
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