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Old 09-03-2009, 01:33 PM
 
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We recently found a property that we like. Great lot on an old farm land. However, the house to be built will have main door facing east and family facing west. I am worried that it would be super hot in the summer for the family room and outside patio. Is my concern valid or am i just worrying too much? Will Maryland have too much heat in the summer?
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Central Maryland - Mt Airy
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Valid concerns and we had the same problem. Resolved it by applying 3m tinted window film to the back western facing family room windows and glass doors (entire back of house is glass). It made a huge difference.
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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Valid concerns and we had the same problem. Resolved it by applying 3m tinted window film to the back western facing family room windows and glass doors (entire back of house is glass). It made a huge difference.
Thanks, does the window film block the lights and glare as well? is that easy to install?
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:55 AM
 
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When you have the house built, specify Energy Star windows with reflective coating, argon and low-e.

Residential Windows, Doors, and Skylights : ENERGY STAR
http://web.pella.com/learnthebasics/...GlassType.aspx

The newer reflective windows are pretty amazing - the north side of our (older) home gets sunlight reflected from a neighbor's 2-story great room with reflective windows.

Additionally:
* you will want to have proper trees in the right places for summer shade
* a reflective metal roof and sufficient attic insulation can help lower AC costs.
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Old 09-04-2009, 02:39 PM
 
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We recently found a property that we like. Great lot on an old farm land. However, the house to be built will have main door facing east and family facing west. I am worried that it would be super hot in the summer for the family room and outside patio. Is my concern valid or am i just worrying too much? Will Maryland have too much heat in the summer?
Keep in mind the front of your house will be super dark in the late afternoon and early evening.

The good thing is that the rear of your house will be lit, but may be blinded. Better may be to have the rear of your home south facing to prevent the sunset from piercing into your back windows...even with the tint.

Or, get some evergreen shade.
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Old 09-04-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Central Maryland - Mt Airy
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Good points by Appletree. If those windows were available when we built years ago we would have used them. The window film will also reduce the glare. Before we had it installed you couldn't even watch tv after 2:30 pm because the glare was so bad. We hired a company called Dr Tint to install it.
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