4 Ways to Use Office Windows for Energy Efficiency
Your office workers undoubtedly appreciate having a light
and airy office in which to do their jobs. But office windows can provide more
than just a better view. They also contribute to energy savings and
productivity. How? Here are four ways to use windows to your advantage in the
1. Update for Energy Efficiency
Most new office buildings are designed with modern,
energy-efficient windows that reduce heat loss and cold drafts. But if you have
an older building, find out the actual energy efficiency of the existing
windows. Window technology continues to update, and what was energy-efficient a
few years ago is considerably less functional than those available today.
When you get the most energy-efficient materials, you can
use more windows in your building without worrying about the bills. This brings
in more light and contributes to a happier workplace and a better appearance
2. Add Windows that Open
Many offices are tightly sealed and incorporate non-moving
windows. But advantages exist to bucking this trend — at least with some
windows. When the weather is moderate — throughout spring and fall — employees
can open windows to circulate air and keep their areas more comfortable on
their own. You rely less on air conditioners, central heating, and inefficient
fans or heaters.
The simple ability to open a window can also have a
psychological effect on office personnel. Doing so makes people feel more
empowered and able to personalize their work areas a little bit to their taste.
Fresh air can also reinvigorate a person when their energy levels feel low. It
also replaces stale, recycled air throughout the building — not just in the
office with an open window.
3. Increase Natural Lighting
Of course, one of the biggest energy savings from any window
can come from its natural sunlight. Strategic use of windows (often called
daylighting) helps reduce use of artificial lighting — and is good for workers.
A lighting strategy should incorporate different window and door choices,
including glass doors, skylights, transoms, sky tubes, casement windows, and
cozy bay windows.
Of course, big, open windows can also create lighting issues
if not done properly. You do not want a large, south-facing window to shine
bright sunlight onto people’s computer terminals or in their faces when at
their desks. In this case, taller clerestory windows that let in overhead light
might be a better choice than direct lighting. You also want to avoid windows
that do little to help during certain seasons.
4. Be Strategic About Furnishings
The placement and style of windows is not the only thing to
be careful with. You also need to consider carefully the placement of interior
furnishings around the windows. Appliances and technology that have to maintain
a certain internal temperature could be affected if the sun shines on them all
The office refrigerator, for instance, will use more energy
if it constantly fights with outdoor heat sources. Similarly, copiers,
printers, laptops and computers, and projectors all need to keep a safe working
temperature and so should not be in direct sunlight. If sunlight is a problem
for any specific space, add window coverings that are adjustable as they are
What is your office window strategy? If you are
not sure where to use certain windows for a better effect on the utility bills
or when to upgrade existing windows, work with an experienced window
installation service. At Fischer Window & Door Store, we can help. Call today to start designing the
right window coverage for your particular office. We look forward to
hearing from you and answering all your questions about windows.