When you are looking to invest in new windows, there are many different things you will have to think about, most of which centre around the way the finished installation will look and how it will benefit the aesthetics of your home. One considerable aspect that shouldn’t however be forgotten during this thought process is the energy rating of the windows you plan to install, as this should have a significant bearing on the windows you go for. To help you out with this aspect of new window buying, we at Shaws Bespoke Joinery have put together a brief guide to window energy ratings, providing you with all the information you need to know;
What is a Window Energy Rating?
Put simply, a window energy rating acts a guide to how well the window in question will perform in terms of its energy efficiency. Ratings run from ‘A’ through to ‘G’, with ‘A’ being the best rating so is the one you should look out for, and is the standard to which we manufacture our windows here at Shaws Bespoke Joinery.
Recent changes to building regulations now state that windows for new homes must have a minimum ‘C’ rating, which shows how important the energy efficiency of windows has now become.
What Makes ‘A’ Rated Windows so Special?
‘A’ rated windows are so special because the following offer the benefits to you and your property;
• A warmer property- the quality of this glazing will mean that heat loss through the windows is considerably reduced and the prospect of draughts is diminished.
• A quieter property- in addition to keeping heat in, ‘A’ rated double glazing is much more effective at keeping noise out, so you can benefit from a much quieter property, devoid of outside noise.
• Lower energy bills- with better heat retention comes a need for less energy, therefore ensuring you can turn your central heating off slightly earlier and reduce your bills.
• Protection of the environment- as a direct result of turning your heating off earlier, you will generate fewer harmful gases that would otherwise have been released into the environment, consequently playing your part in lowering your carbon footprint.
Hopefully you now have a much better understanding of window energy ratings and how beneficial the higher ratings are. With an installation of the highest quality and ‘A’ rated windows to match, the investment you make in your new windows can begin to pay for itself over a number of years and you will also benefit from increased comfort at the same time; a win-win situation!