Installing new windows and doors in your home not only looks great but can also save you money. How does it save you money, you may ask?

The answer lies in the energy saving benefits of installing double glazing and composite doors. Many people think that energy efficient windows cost too much money, but you will be surprised.

The initial outlay of upgrading your windows and doors may be costly, but you will save money on your energy bills in the long run.


Cutting Bills

 It is thought that installing double glazing can reduce heating costs by up to 20%. For some people, this means making savings of up to £321 per year.

While you may feel that your home is warm enough, you will be surprised at how much heat is lost through windows.

Traditional single pane windows allow heat to escape much more than you realise, making you spend more on your gas bills. Low emissivity (Low-E) glass is the type of glass that is currently most energy efficient.


Enjoy Peace and Quiet

Double glazing will make your home feel a lot quieter as they help block out the sounds from outside.

If you are on a main road you will notice the noise reduction greatly. It is worth noting that in conservation areas or in homes that are listed, you will need to consult your local planning team to check if you can upgrade your windows.


How Does Double Glazing Work?

If you are wondering why double glazing reduces noise and improves temperature, the answer lies in the design.

Double glazed windows and doors have two panes of glass that are constructed with a 16mm gap in-between. The gap in-between each of the sheets of glass acts as an insulator that keeps heat in and cold out.

When looking into energy saving windows you will need to ask for the BFRC rating. BFRC rated windows and doors will carry a rainbow label that indicates the efficiency level of the product that you are buying.

You will be used to seeing the rainbow label on fridges and freezers and you should now start to look for it in other products that you buy for your home.

A BFRC rating is determined by the following factors:

  • How well windows stop heating escaping through windows
  • How much sunlight passes through the double glazing
  • How much air escapes through windows and doors


Durable and Safe Windows and Doors

As well as energy saving benefits, double glazing will also keep your house secure and safe. As if that were not enough, you can also look forward to having durable windows that can withstand harsh weather conditions.

Double glazed windows and doors come in a variety of frames that you will need to take into account when purchasing your products. If you live in an area that experiences lots of rain, aluminium frames may be better than wooden frames, for example.

If you are thinking about upgrading your doors and windows, contact Elegant Windows and Doors today.