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How energy efficient windows impact your home

With the cost of fuel for our homes reaching, on average, over £1,000 a year and set to rise, it’s no wonder that homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their fuel bills and become a little bit more energy efficient.

There are lots of ways that you can achieve this, and the Energy Saving Trust has some great hints and tips.

Every home loses heat through a variety of sources; unfortunately, by the very nature of a building some heat loss can’t be helped. But you can reduce heat loss by adding adequate loft and wall insulation, for example. Energy efficient windows are also another option to consider, but what impact will they have on your home?

Money saving

Whether they’re double or triple glazed, new multi-glazed windows will help to prevent hot air escaping and cold air getting in. This means that your home will stay warmer for longer on a lower amount of fuel – the ultimate result being lower fuel bills.

They will also help to make your home feel more comfortable, as you won’t have draughts and cold spots from poorly fitting single glazed windows and old frames. Another benefit will be reduced noise, particularly important if you live on a busy road.

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If you can’t afford to replace your window system, arrange for an expert to come out and see if any repairs can be made that will reduce the number of places heat can leave your home.

In Gloucester double glazing experts can supply and fit new windows or even carry out repairs to existing window systems to help increase the energy efficiency of your home.

But what should you look for in energy efficient glazing? The gap between panes as well as which gas that gap is filled with will have an impact on how efficient they are. Look for at least a sixteen-millimetre gap and a filler such as krypton, xenon or argon.

Increase curb appeal

There’s no doubt shabby or damaged window frames will reduce the curb appeal of your home and, in turn, its value if you decide to sell. So, whilst replacing your windows might seem like a big outlay in the short term, it can both save you money on your bills and also increase the value of your property in the longer term.

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