METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
The relationship between the weather and windows/doors is an important one. Windows and doors allow particular
weather elements to come through while others are wisely reduced. In this essay window/door position,
storm protection, air leaks, and screens will be covered.
Windows allow visible light to enter while filtering out much of the harmful UV light. The light that does
does get in will warm the inside like a greenhouse. If more warmth is needed in the house then windows
facing the sun will certainly help. In the Northern Hemisphere middle and higher latitudes it will be
the south facing windows that will get sunlight. Also, east facing windows will get morning light
while west facing windows will get afternoon light. If extra heat from windows is not needed then it
is a good idea to have closed blinds that will block this heat. If heat coming through the windows is
still a problem you can consider tinting or reflective material that will reduce the amount of
incoming sunlight through the window. The transparency and size of windows will
help determine how much sunlight gets in. Large windows with
no tinting facing the sun will let in the maximum amount of sunlight. Overhead windows can also
let in a significant amount of sunlight depending on their size and transparency. Ask yourself how
much sunlight will get in and what impact it will have on the heating the cooling bills. An effective use
of window positioning and the control of light that comes through the windows will reduce energy bills.
Doors and windows are often the weakest link during a storm. During a hurricane or severe wind storm, once
the wind penetrates the windows or door then significant damage could occur. In a hurricane prone area it is important
to have shutters, boards or other materials that can protect the windows and doors. Have the materials or
installation done well before the hurricane threat. Once a storm is approaching is the time the stores
run out of these materials. Be prepared. To reduce damage from hail and strong wind from thunderstorms you
can consider adding storm windows and/or strong screens. It is often the south and west facing windows that have
the most direct impact from a storm since they are facing in the direction the typical storms move
from. Extra thickness to windows or two layered windows can provide extra protection from severe thunderstorms.
Windows and doors are often a weak point for air getting into the home. When it is windy, feel for
any air leaking through the doors or windows. Reducing this air flow will reduce utility bills. Cold
air leaking through these weak points will mean extra heating. Hot air leaking through these weak
points will mean having to run the air conditioner longer. Filling these cracks and leak points will
also reduce the amount of bugs coming into the home. One way to check for cracks is to have someone
shine a flashlight on the opposite side of the closed door. If light is clearly coming in then you
know outside air and bugs can come in also. Another important way in reducing heating and cooling bills is
to not let the door open for longer than is needed when the air conditioner or heater is running.
Screens are effective at reducing bugs from getting into the home and controlling air flow into the
home. A screen door comes in handy when you want to let in lots of outdoor fresh air in but you do
not what bugs and debris coming into the home. Screens on windows serve the same function. The screens
are also adding protection from severe storms such as hail and wind. Window screens and
screen doors serve as an extra enforcement against damage to the windows or door.
In conclusion, the information given will help protect the home from storms and reduce energy bill. Think
about these points when buying a new home or when thinking about how to improve an existing one.