You can cool and heat your home mechanically or non-mechanically. Passive heating and cooling strategies are the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to keep your home comfortable. It’s also one way you can make the most of your south-facing windows.
What Is Passive Solar Design?
Passive solar design or climatic design uses solar power without mechanical systems. It’s the strategic use of the sun, orientation, insulation, ventilation, windows and trees to achieve a comfortable temperature in indoor spaces. A lot of passive heating and cooling strategies depend on the building’s energy-efficient design.
Southern windows are an essential component of passive solar design and building. The southern part of the building is the side that usually receives sunlight throughout the day. Most passive solar buildings have glass dominating this area. It absorbs and distributes the sun’s energy through the structure’s thermal mass.
At Renewal by Andersen®, our replacement windows feature High Performance™ Low-E4®, which is ideal for homes in seasonal climates. It’s 56% more energy-efficient in summer and 47% more energy-efficient in winter compared to ordinary dual-pane glass.
Benefits of Passive Heating
Having windows on the south side of your home means more natural light. It will help lower energy costs by reducing the need for artificial light.
Large windows, bright interiors and open floor plans will make your home appear more spacious and improve the moods of its occupants. Passive heating reduces mechanical noises and provides heating and cooling even during a power outage. Moreover, using solar energy will reduce your impact on climate change, ozone depletion and acid rain.
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