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We often hear many technical terms being banded around when it comes to energy-efficient windows, so what does it mean and how can you be sure you’re investing in an effective window? We break it down to help you understand the world of double glazing.
Firstly, energy efficiency ratings are coded by letters between A and G. A is the most efficient, while G is the least efficient. Between these letters, there can also be + and – grades. The higher the grade, the less energy you will use.
So, an A- rating would mean the windows don’t lose energy as they only let out as much heat as they let in from the outside. However, with an A+ window, it lets in more heat than it lets out.
Technology such as this means you need to use less heating to keep your home warm and at a much lower cost as a result. The resulting savings mean the windows basically pay for themselves in time.
While it may be tempting to opt for a lower grade, cheaper window, this could lead to higher costs – not only in bills but further down the line when it becomes time to replace the window because they’re just not effective enough. New builds are increasingly subject to minimum energy ratings, so future-proofing your home helps keep it up to date.
These window ratings are calculated by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC). This uses a particular rating equation that looks at a window’s solar factor to see how much heat is gained from sunlight. They also measure how good a product is at preventing heat from escaping and window air leakage.
The score is compared to a table which puts the window in its correct grade, which is usually a negative number. An A-rated window would be 0 or greater, while G is anything lower than -70.
The rating system is ideal, as it clearly identifies the best performing window as a system allowing consumers to see the costs and benefits of energy-efficient windows to make an informed decision.
With energy bills on the increase on an almost yearly basis, putting pressure on families heating their homes, A+ rated double glazing provides the ideal solution to a warmer, welcoming and more comforting home.
With a number of financial benefits as well as their cost-saving benefits, A rated windows are well worth the investment in the long run.
With a range of styles and designs, they can easily suit any home with ease. Our windows are available in a range of materials including aluminium, hardwood and UPVC, each offering their own unique benefits. We also provide a selection of styles and colours, so whether your home is modern or traditional you’ll find something that fits perfectly. Nobody should have to compromise on the beauty of their home to enjoy efficiency.
The materials we use are designed to be as hassle-free and low maintenance as possible and we endeavour to ensure you’re perfectly informed about how to look after your windows.
A-rated windows are one of the best investments you can make for your home, helping to lower energy bills and keep your home comfortable all year round.
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