With spring now with us the depths of last winter are becoming a distant memory, but think back…were you warm enough at home last winter? Perhaps you felt the cold coming in through draughty windows or you felt you were losing heat through ill-fitting or even rotten frames, or perhaps you were warm and toasty but when your heating bills came you realised that cosiness came at a cost?
We’re often surprised when we receive our fuel bills for the winter months, but we pay up and they get forgotten about until the same thing happens next year…so now is a good time to start thinking now about getting your home thermally and financially efficient for next winter.
Draughty windows are a big area of heat loss, if your windows only have single glazing, then it’s likely that you’ll be losing up to 20% of your home’s heat through them. And rotten or metal frames are likely to be sending around 10% of the heat straight outside.
Figures suggest that thermally efficient windows and frames can reduce heating costs by up to £200 a year as well as making your home a pleasant and cosy place to be when its cold outside. And new windows can reduce external noise so if you’re on a busy street or flightpath you might be able to gain peace and quiet as well, we can incorporate acoustic glass into a double glazed unit for extra soundproofing.
And if you are thinking of new windows or doors for your home remember that the Building Regulations requires homes to be energy efficient, requiring you to take steps to reduce the amount of heat that is lost through the glazing in both windows and doors.
Timber is the perfect material to achieve this, by using wooden window and door frames that can be manufactured to incorporate modern thermally efficient glass you’ll be choosing a material that is both thermally efficient and environmentally friendly and with proper care and maintenance will outlast other materials.
Why not give us a call on 01273 814 870 and see how we can help you, we’ve experience of making all kinds of homes energy efficient and have particular experience with properties that are listed or in conservation areas.
Take a look at some of our case studies to see how we improved thermal efficiency in this period barn and replaced draughty, rotten windows in this family home.