Is your double glazing energy efficient?

Is your double glazing energy efficient?

The soaring costs of energy can significantly affect the amount you spend on your home every few months. Keeping your home warm and light – especially in the winter months – often requires using artificial lighting and expensive central heating, which boost your energy use and CO2 emissions. With just a few simple tweaks to your home, you could significantly reduce the amount of energy you use and the waste that is generated – creating a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly living space for your family.

Invest in energy-rated windows to reduce heat loss and gain natural light

The amount of heat that can be retained in your home by installing energy-rated windows is staggering. Owners of a normal three-bedroom house, for example, can save between £152.55 and £253.80 per year on central heating bills, and 6.8 to 17 tonnes of CO2, simply by replacing their old windows with energy-rated ones. This is because the frame and the glass used in energy-rated windows are expertly designed, manufactured and fitted to prevent heat loss and eliminate draughts – helping your home stay warmer for longer.

Using glass with high solar gain throughout your house also means your home could benefit from being heated (and brightened) naturally by the sun, reducing the need for central heating and lighting. If you have ever been in a conservatory, for example, and noticed the temperature difference compared to the rest of the house, you will know that solar gain is incredibly effective in generating heat. At Hamilton Windows, we design all our windows and doors to achieve this level of energy efficiency – helping you reduce your fuel bills.

Insulate your home to ensure as much heat as possible is retained

Making sure your home is fully insulated supports the work of your energy-rated windows, helping your property retain its warmth. Heat can be lost through many areas of the building, so there are many different types of insulation to choose from – including floor, cavity wall, roof and loft, and draught proofing. The insulation that’s best for you depends on the type of property you own, so it’s worth talking to an expert before you decide.

Check your lighting and heating systems for efficiency

Investing in energy-efficient lighting and a cost-effective heating system is essential to lowering your fuel bills and reducing your CO2 emissions. In the UK, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) are the two main energy-saving light bulbs available, and can help limit your electricity costs. Replacing your boiler with a more efficient model, and setting controls that allow you to specify where and when it provides heat, can also help you save energy on heating.

The Hamilton Windows team is highly experienced in helping clients choose the best windows and doors to create highly energy-efficient homes. If you are looking for a high-quality option to help you save money on your fuel bills, contact us today. We’d be delighted to hear from you!