How Do Energy Efficiency Ratings Work?
When replacing windows, you might be thinking about the style, colour and material, but you might also want to consider the energy efficiency of your new glazing. Installing energy efficient windows could save hundreds of pounds a year on heating bills and offset any poor insulation issues elsewhere in the home.
Here at Majestic all of our windows are rated A+14 for energy efficiency. This means that our windows are rated to the highest possible standard for energy efficiency using the WER (Window Energy Rating) scale. All of our windows are made at our state-of-the-art factories in Cheddar, allowing us to ensure that we are delivering exceptional quality and energy efficiency every time.
How Do Energy Ratings Work?
Windows are rated using the WER (Window Energy Rating) scale designed by the British Fenestration Ratings Council. The scale runs alphabetically, from A—G, with the best, highest performing windows rated A and above, and the worst, lowest performing windows rated G.
The WER scale takes into account a host of features when grading the energy rating of a window, including the glass, frame and materials. It considers factors such as the U value, the solar heat gain value (G value) and the overall air leakage of the window’s components. Most windows that home improvement companies supply are rated between A—C on this scale: achieving above an A value requires windows to be of the highest quality, and deliver exceptional energy efficiency.
A Rated Windows Vs A+14 Rated Windows
Many people get confused when it comes to the difference between A rated windows and A+14 rated windows. A+14 rated windows are actually fourteen grades higher than A rated windows. If you were to put that on the alphabet, that would be the difference between an A rated window and an N rated window. If you were having trouble visualising it before, you can probably see why Majestic Designs’ A+14 windows are far superior to A rated windows on the market.
A+14 as Standard For Energy Efficiency
All of the windows that we manufacture and install here at Majestic Designs are A+14 energy rated, as standard. This means that the quality of our windows exceeds the expectations of the WER scale. The exceptional quality of the profile, as well as the high quality double glazing that we supply as standard, ensures that your new window will help to keep your home at the right temperature, always, whilst saving you energy and money in the process.
A+14 Rated Windows With Exceptional Installation
Achieving such an incredibly high rating relies on more than just making the glazing in a window a great thermal insulator. The quality of the frame, window profile and installation all contribute to how thermally retentive the overall window is. At Majestic we understand this and manufacture our products with this in mind.
We design our windows with a unique thermal reinforcement that enhances their thermal and acoustic insulation, as well utilising the latest high quality double glazing as standard for improved energy efficiency. Combine this with exceptional installations performed by our in-house, experienced team of craftsmen and you can understand why Majestic Designs have been rated an A+14 installer.
Beware of Bogus Energy Rating Claims
Should you suspect that a home improvement company is not telling the truth about their energy ratings, you should ask for documentation. The company should be able to provide certification proving that they have met the necessary requirements to meet the ratings that they claim to have.
If a company can’t show any supporting documentation to you it normally means that they either don’t manufacture their own products, or that they aren’t even rated. If a company does not manufacture their own products, it is impossible to guarantee the efficiency and safety of their windows, and you should be wary of this. As both a manufacturer of windows and an installer with a fully employed team of installers, Majestic Designs will always have our certification readily on hand to give you peace of mind.