Today, we opened the windows for the Spring Window Dance
We perform the Window Dance at my house.
That is, I manipulate my windows, window quilts, window shades, and drapes to moderate the temperature of the house.
It depends on what's going on outside.
Spring is the most challenging season by far. I NEED to air out the house. I want to warm up the house but not too much. I don't want the furnace to run any more than it has too.
In Spring, the weather swings back and forth wildly; too cool then very mild and even hot.
Should I open the windows and let that fresh, warm air inside, along with all that sunshine?
If I let in too much heat, I risk raising the temperature of the house overall. This is excellent for saving money on home heating oil. It's very bad for going into Summer's heat with a warm house.
For cooling purposes over the Summer, it's best to enter the season with a COLD house, because then it takes longer for the house to get hot inside. Likewise, it's best to enter the Winter season with the hottest house I can get.
Our house is made of concrete block under vinyl siding so I do have enough thermal mass to make this work.
So, the windows are open and the furnace is turned off. I'll let the house warm up (saving money on home heating oil) but not too much. I have to watch the thermostat. If it gets much over 75 degrees, I have to close up shop and keep that lovely warming sun outside because I don't want to get warm too fast.
This is where the window shades come in. With shades, you can open your doublehung windows and use the open portion to catch the breeze and still block some solar gain in the top part of the window.
Once the sun sets, I have to make a decision: close up tight to retain heat? (windows, shades, window quilts, insulated drapes)
Or, stay open a while longer and let the temperature descend a few degrees internally, but not too much so the furnace comes on.
Spring is hard.
Autumn is easy: catch and retain as much heat as you can!
Winter is easy: catch and retain as much heat as you can!
Summer is easy: keep the heat outside where it belongs!
What do you do?
Teresa from Hershey