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A+ Energy Rated Windows The Way Forwards

With 2020 approaching fast, and energy bills growing ever larger as a proportion of income and household budget, it is now more important than ever that homeowners here in the UK replace their inefficient windows and doors with thermally efficient ones.

That said, to ensure a property enjoys the full benefit from an investment in energy rated double or triple glazing homeowners must also insulate the loft properly and install cavity wall insulation or solid wall insulation (dependent on the type of dwelling house and manner of construction).

With the big UK energy companies seemingly never ending increasing in the cost of supplying energy, it makes sense, when combined with environmental and sustainability reasons, to make the need to insulate dwellings essential, although there is no denying the fact that there is an initial investment required.

For those UK home owners planning on moving rather than improving, they still have a basic requirement of actually being able to sell their particular dwelling, as houses that still have single glazed windows are not only expensive to heat, but also are very unattractive to modern day buyers expecting to move into insulated properties. As s result, prospective buyers will demand a reduction in the asking price by at least the cost of carrying out replacement double glazing and fitting insulation throughout, along with no doubt, a heavy extra  discount off the asking price for being the ones “forced” to carry out this essential work.

When it comes to selling  houses, poorly insulated homes are nowadays highlighted by the Energy Performance Certificate that all UK house owners are required by law to provide to prospective purchasers. The energy savings over a period of time from fitting replacement A+ energy rated PVCU double glazed windows are significant and will eventually pay for the cost of installation. High quality, high performance energy rated replacement windows and doors help a property benefit from solar gain, retaining heat whilst massively reducing the amount of energy lost. They do this by not only have thermally broken frames (be they aluminium, composite, PVCU or wood), but also by being professionally fitted in the first place and by having a high double glazing specification involving Low E Argon filled sealed units with warm edge spacers (which help prevent transference of temperature) and specially coated glass that maximises solar gain whilst stops solar gain and heat generated escaping.

The wide choice of bespoke replacement windows can be baffling, but as long as an independently certified “A+” energy rated window system is selected one cannot go far wrong. There are different types of window and finishes available to suit any type of property. These include aluminium, composite, timber and PVCU casement windows and tilt and turn windows (both available in double glazing and triple glazing) and vertical sliding sash windows.

Modern thermally broken “A++” energy rated PVCU triple glazed replacement windows are naturally incredibly thermally efficient, highly secure and available in the same profile as some double glazed PVCU windows, so aesthetically very attractive as well. Alternatively “A” rated aluminium double glazed windows and doors have a slimmer profile, therefore do offer more glass and light, as well as better views and of course more attractive sight lines.

Whichever energy rated fenestration product a property owner chooses, fitting replacement “A+” rated double glazed windows or “A++” triple glazed windows and doors is a real must for any property owner determined to reduce heating bills, improve home security, add value to their home and improve their day to day living environment, whilst at the same time making their home attractive to future house buyers, so all in all, fitting energy rated windows is the way forwards.

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