Enhancing Interior Design with Eco-Friendly Windows

Texas home living room
Photography by Michael Hunter

By Karoline Gore

In 2006 there were only 296 certified green building projects in the United States, but that number rose to 65,000 in 2017 according to a report published on The Statistics Portal. You don’t have to have the biggest solar panels on your roof to be inducted into the “eco-friendly design hall of fame”. Something as simple as turning your windows eco-friendly is a great place to start for environmental protection. Windows contribute to the aesthetics of your home but they can also impact your heating and cooling costs significantly. Fortunately, you can make your windows more energy efficient without it changing the overall design or look of your home.

Temperature in your living room

The living room is where you focus most of your interior design charm because that is where you entertain guests. Guests may not be able to take in all your antique pieces and china, or even appreciate the intricate patterns you painted on the floor if the room is sweltering. It turns out that your windows are responsible for 25%-30% of your home’s heating and cooling energy use. They can make temperatures unbearable in your home during hot days and quickly let out heat during cold days. Energy efficient windows keep the heat in when it is cold and out when it is hot outside.

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