What's the relationship between windows and heating?

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 07:26

Homeowners who are interested in increasing the energy efficiency of their house may not look beyond making simple piece-meal upgrades. However, it is important for an individual to think strategically about what systems and materials he or she wishes to upgrade and how they will work together. For example, a person may not look at the relationship between a radiant floor heating system and the windows in a house, but those two features are interconnected. 
The heat provided by a radiant floor heating system allows a homeowner to consume less energy to achieve the same level of warmth inside a space. This promotes sustainability, however, one of the strongest features of the system is its ability to reduce heat, and thereby energy, loss. But, if the energy is escaping from outside windows, the system is comprised in terms of its effectiveness. 
As a result, builders on projects are now beginning to incorporate the use of quality windows that feature high R-values, reported Tampa Bay Newspapers. 
"Windows are a big deal," Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County COO Ron Spoor told the news source. "We use insulated glass. A lot of builders in Florida do not. That means there are two panes of glass and there is air in between. We use it because it is a better window, and we use vinyl windows because vinyl does not conduct heat. The aluminum ones are more conductive. But the most important thing is that there is a Low-E coating that goes on there."
By using the combination of high-quality windows and radiant floor heating, a homeowner will be able to live in comfort without giving up energy efficiency.