With rising power costs and an increased awareness of the environmental impacts of generating electricity, it’s no surprise we are all conscious of investing in energy efficient solutions in every aspect of our lives, the home being number one. Windows and doors play a key role in the energy efficiency of a home so here we will take you through some of the things to consider when you’re trying to choose the most energy efficient options for your home or property.
What is Energy Efficiency?
In the home, energy efficiency refers to the power used to light, heat, and cool the house, as well as run any household electrical appliances. Energy efficient homes use minimal power to remain at an optimal temperature meaning the more easily an indoor space can be heated or cooled to a comfortable temperature the less energy it will consume, and the lower your energy bills will be. Whilst there are many contributing factors to the energy efficiency of a house, including insulation, construction materials, home orientation and the age and efficiency of the appliances, the selection and placement of windows and doors plays a very large and important part in achieving the best possible efficiency and performance for your home.
The Role of Windows and Doors in Energy Efficiency
Windows and doors play a key role in heat loss and gain in the home. It’s estimated that almost half of all heat loss during winter, and up to 90% of heat gain during summer, can come from windows and doors. So if you’re looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, this is where you should start. The role that windows and doors will play in energy efficiency of your home will depend on a few factors including:
- Age – Generally, the older the windows, the less energy efficient they will be. This is largely due to the fact that they may not be as airtight as they once were as the seals around the windows can become worn over time. In addition, there has been significant advancement in glass and glazing technology so the glass in your old windows may be far less efficient than newer glass.
- Seals – As mentioned, poorly sealed windows will really hinder your energy efficiency as they will struggle to keep the cool air inside during summer, and the warm air in during winter. If you do not want to replace your old windows then at least check and replace the seals, and if purchasing new windows check your supplier uses a premium grade all weather seal.
- Glass Type – The type of glass in your windows will likely have the greatest effect on how energy efficient your windows and doors are going to be. Keep in mind that while the more efficient glass types such as tinted or double glazed may be more expense to purchase, the long term savings in your energy bills should far outweigh the higher initial costs.
Aluminium is a popular choice for window frames because it’s light, strong and requires little maintenance, so combined with the right glass and superior seals, they are sure to help boost the energy efficiency rating of your home. At Open Windows & Doors, our high performance aluminium windows and doors will improve the energy efficiency and comfort in your home, so contact our friendly team for a free quote today.