Homeowners consider a lot of factors when deciding on what type of replacement patio doors or window upgrades to get. The biggest and most common factors involve style and colors, but energy efficiency ratings play an equally essential role as well. One benefit that is often overlooked yet just as important is passive ventilation.
Doors and windows, in their simplest forms, are openings in your home. As such, their size, placement, and operability contribute to how much fresh air is circulated in your home. Let our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle offer you a few effective ways you can use your replacement windows to maximize passive ventilation in your home.
How Big Should Your Windows Be?
While changing sizes is impractical when getting replacement windows, it’s a good idea to give a thought about proper sizing when you’re first installing your windows. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the total opening area of any doors or windows should be at least 5% of the total floor area of the room they are in. With Renewal by Andersen’s exclusive Fibrex® frames, replacement windows can be built with narrower frames, which helps maximize how much glass area you get per window.
Take Advantage of Natural Air Flows
South and east-facing windows allow for cooler morning air to circulate in your home while north and west-facing windows are better placed a little higher up for cooler evenings. Breeze directions will vary depending on your location. Consult with our design consultants for an effective ventilation plan during your window replacement.
Warm Air Rises
Talk to your window contractors about using operable windows on all floors if you have more than a one-story home. Opening the upper windows at night can help warm air escape, promoting more passive ventilation indoors.
At Renewal by Andersen of Seattle, we are your leading provider of high-quality replacement windows and doors. Give us a call at (206) 777-0954 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Seattle and other nearby areas in WA.