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Winter Tip: Save Energy by Replacing Your Windows

With winter around the corner you might be interested to know if you can save energy by simply replacing your windows. And if this really can affect your bills positively. As you may have already guessed from the title-the answer is yes to both! This season is all about spending money so it is valuable for everybody to be thoughtful on the topic of saving as much as possible. To find out how to preserve energy and make a profit read on…

How It Works

Single Pane, Double Pane, Triple Pane WindowsDouble glazing windows comprise of two panes of glass with a gap in between. This creates an insulating barrier that keeps the heat in and the draughts out. Tripe glazed windows have three panes of glass. Sometimes the gaps between panes are filled with gas. Energy-efficient windows come in a variety of frame styles and materials and vary with regards to air leaks, the passing of heat through the window and the allowance of sunlight.

Low emissivity glass is the most efficient type as this has an invisible coating of metal oxide on one of the internal panes - letting in light and heat but stopping it from escaping. Maximum efficiency warm edge space savers are set around the inside edges to keep the panes of glass separate. There are windows available in all energy ratings for all types of frames, including UPVC, aluminium, steel, wood and composite.

Many manufacturers will show the energy efficiency of their windows using a scale from A-G. The window, frame and glass is assessed on its ability to retain heat, and then scored. U values will also be displayed on the energy label. This is the energy rating of the window itself, measuring how easily heat can pass through. Those materials that let out more heat have higher u-values.

The Installation

Most people will have double glazing fitted by a professional, but before making an appointment it's wise to check with your local planning department to see if your property is affected by any conservation or other legal directions. Choose a reputable company who specialize in the work you need done. If you're unable to install double glazing, you can get secondary glazing as a suitable alternative. Remember to get several quotes to make sure you're getting the best value for money.

Your replacement windows will be airtight so there's a chance that condensation may build. To control this you can have trickle vents incorporated into the frames to let in a controlled amount of ventilation.

The Benefits You Will Gain

Double Glazed UnitThe costs and savings for each home are different depending on the size, material and installation costs-however you will certainly see a reduction in your energy bills! Your house will be cosier as energy-efficient glazing reduces heat loss through the windows and so you'll have fewer draughts. They'll also insulate your home against noises from outside, as well as reducing internal condensation.

It's well worth checking out the latest government schemes to see if you're eligible for any discounts or free installations. These may apply if your home is difficult to treat but will benefit greatly from energy efficiency measures, or if you're on a low income or in a vulnerable situation. If you contact the Green Deal Assessment, you'll get a property inspection and recommendations, as well as advice to see if you'll be able to get financial help with your window replacements.

When you have finally got all your windows installed, you'll want to keep them looking new. Why not contact a local window cleaning firm to take care of this for you? With the latest technology and equipment the cleaners don't even need to use ladders or scaffolding. Purified water fed from a telescopic pole will ensure your windows are streak-free and sparkling! You'll be able to have your windows cleaned whenever you want and regular appointments may entitle you to great discounts too.

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