How Do Energy Efficient Windows Work?
The average home loses most of its heat through its windows. So if you’re wondering how to make your home more energy efficient and save when it comes to your utility bills, your windows should be one of the first places you look. After all, there’s little point in investing in a modern heat pump if all that warmth is going to disappear out your windows.
So how do energy-efficient windows work? And what is an energy-efficient window anyway?
What is an energy-efficient window?
As the name suggests, an energy-efficient window is a window with two or three glass panes sealed together with a number of other important features.
Energy-efficient windows are essentially designed to trap heat within your home – and keep the cold out. As a result, upgrading your windows can reduce your energy bills as well as create warmer, more comfortable living spaces for you and your family to enjoy throughout the year.
Double glazing plays a particularly important role in ensuring a window is energy efficient. If a window is double-glazed, it means it has been engineered with two panes of glass rather than one. With a small gap in between the two panes of glass, internal beading, spacer bars and weatherproof seals, double-glazed windows can effectively insulate your home and ensure your living spaces are kept warm, dry and comfortable.
Other features within an energy efficiency window include:
- Low-E glass – Low-E coasting reflects harmful UV rays away from your home and prevents your interior furnishings from fading under harsh sunlight.
- Argon gas – Argon gas slows down the transfer of energy and ensures temperatures within your home are consistent.
- Spacer bars – Spacer bars are used to separate the panes of glass within a sealed unit and form a cavity, which allows for better thermal insulation.
- Weather-proof seals – Weather-proof seals ensure your windows are sealed effectively and prevent any damp from entering your interior spaces.
Why are energy-efficient windows important?
If you live in a traditional property with older-style windows, there is a good chance your home has single glazing. Single glazed windows offer very little insulation against the elements, which means during the cooler months your home will have no way of keeping the cold out and the warmth in. In fact, if you were to put your hand up against the pane of a single glazed window, you would most likely be able to tell how cold or warm it was outside.
While you could take a cheaper approach and attempt to block drafts the old-fashioned way, a poorly insulated home most often results in damp, condensation and even mould and rot. As a result, failing to replace older-style single-glazed windows can create a myriad of issues for your home. From compromising the structural integrity of your property to mould and mildew impacting the health of you and your family, it is much safer (and cheaper) in the long term to take a more energy-efficient approach and upgrade your windows.
Energy-efficient windows at Majestic Designs
The average home loses most of its heat through its windows. So if you’re wondering how to make your home warmer and more comfortable this winter, as well as avoid the shock of a costly energy bill, your windows should be one of the first places you look.
The team at Majestic Designs have been engineering modern, energy-efficient windows in our state-of-the-art factories right here in Cheddar for more than 20 years. Our range of uPVC and aluminium products are manufactured with thermal retention in mind and fitted by our fully employed team of FENSA-accredited and MTC-registered lead installers. As a result, our range of windows comes with an A+14 rating as standard, and are fabricated with innovative weatherproof seals, internal beading and other energy efficiency features designed to boost the thermal retention of your home.
If you would like any more information about energy efficiency at Majestic Designs or would like to book your at-home consultation, contact our team today.