Window placement in a home Window placement plays a crucial role in home design and can make all the difference in comfort and livability.

The positioning of the windows in your home can also make a huge difference to energy efficiency and the admittance of natural light. Correct window placement can help create a brighter, cleaner, and healthier environment in your home.

However, climate change in Australia is taking its toll and the country continues to get even hotter. Unfortunately, your windows are the major source of unwanted heat gain during the summer months, as well as being responsible for its loss during winter.

Window placement for thermal control

Window and home design can make a huge different to utilising the sun as a source of home heating. However, in Queensland’s notoriously hot and humid summers, it’s very important to use design and orientation to keep unwanted summer sun out. Windows facing east and west will bring excessive heat gain into the home, while north and south-facing windows can help to keep solar heat gain to a minimum.

Windows should also aim to maximise a home’s exposure to cool breezes. This can assist in keeping the temperature of the house down through cross-ventilation.

Window placement for energy efficiency

Energy efficient design requirements are compulsory in all Australian states, under provisions in the ‘Building Code of Australia’. This code establishes the minimum level of a building’s energy performance. And windows form a huge part of this. Various methods of window insulation can assist with solar heat gain, such as low-e glass and double glazing. Window placement and size also make a huge difference to the levels of energy efficiency.

Window placement for natural light

Natural light has a host of benefits. The most important of which is as a source of stimulation for the body’s circadian rhythms – our natural ‘body clock’. This helps tell us when to wake up and when to sleep. Windows can help capture natural elements of the outside world like trees, mountains, and sweeping vistas and bring them into your home. Added to this are the benefits of increased comfort and productivity as well as huge savings on your lighting and energy bills.

The easiest and cheapest way to include more natural light in your home is through windows – but this comes with increased solar heating, too.

Make sure to properly orientate and insulate your windows for maximum benefits.

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