Should you invest in energy efficient windows?
On average we lose, around a third of our home’s heating energy through doors and windows each and every year. With such a great loss, many of us consider switching to more energy efficient windows, but may not know where to begin. While energy efficient windows can save you money in the long run and help the environment, they may require an initial investment.
To help you choose the best windows for your homes, you can rely on the British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC) efficiently rating. This was designed to keep consumers in the know, and have an authorised retailer scheme so that you can buy in confidence.
The BFRC energy rating system
This energy rating system helps you make better buying decisions as it rates windows on a scale to tell how energy efficient they are. This scale ranges from A-G, with A being the best. If you see a window that has been rated A-C, then it can carry the Energy Saving Recommended label, which is the top category.
The system measures three main elements: heat loss, air leakage and how hot the home will get because of how much sunlight a window lets in. The better the window performs in each of these tests, the higher the rating on the BFRC scale.
It is not just the window itself that is rated, but the frame too. This is good as it means a poorly designed frame will not impact how energy efficient your window is.
What are the benefits?
If you decide you would like switch, there are many benefits of choosing energy efficient windows. The most impact will be found in your monthly energy bills. If you currently have single glazing windows, where heat can escape at a higher rate, this reduction in cost will be even more present as double-glazing traps more heat in your home and keeps cold air outside.
By choosing energy efficient windows, your home will also be much quieter, especially if you live near a main road or have loud neighbours. The peace and quiet can add to the cosiness of your house, and there will be less droughts and cold spots.
Another benefit is the reduction of condensation that gathers on the windows, as energy efficient double-glazing combats this. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that your windows will grow in price the higher rated they are in the energy ratings. Although investing now in a higher rated window can save you money on your heating bills in the long run.
Should you invest?
So, should you invest in energy efficient windows? Well, if you can afford the initial cost and would like to save money long-term whilst helping the environment, I would say go for it. There are loads of benefits to be had, and the only real downside is the initial cost of buying the windows. What are you waiting for?