One thing I’ve found is it’s great to buy your windows during the off season, which usually means winter. If I know I will be building in the spring I’ll price out my windows and doors early and typically I can save thousands as there is little demand for the product this time of year. The supplier has never had a problem storing them for me until I need them,
they get the sale and I save myself money, it’s a win win.
One other thing to consider during design is placement of windows. You will always have greater heat loss on northern facing windows, but high quality southern facing windows can actually offer a net gain through passive solar heat collection. Passive solar heat that is absorbed during the day can outweigh the heat lost at night. For passive heat put lots of windows facing south, as long as they are good quality and well shaded in summer to avoid overheating. Proper home design, orientation and window placement can easily reduce your heating needs by 25 percent.
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