Energy bills have been going up steadily over the years, and if you live in an area such as Dunfermline where the winters can feel long, then you may be spending more than you like to heat and light your home. Luckily, there are ways that you can improve energy efficiency in your home, whether you live in a 70s style home on the Transy Estate, or a coastal home in Dalgety Bay, adding some new windows can make a big difference to your home. Here are some of the ways that windows can improve energy efficiency.
Prevent heat escaping
Heat loss is one of the biggest issues when it comes to making a home more energy efficient. Adding uPVC windows is one way that you can trap heat inside your home, ensuring that you aren’t wasting money. These types of windows have multiple chambers inside, which stop heat escaping, and help reflect the heat back inside the home. The way double glazing works is by creating a pocket of argon gas, which isn’t good at conducting heat. So, the cold air on the outside can’t reach the warm air in the inside of your home during cold days keeping it inside. By contrast, single glazed windows have only one pane of glass, so warm air passes through it quickly.
Another benefit is that during the summer months, double glazing can work in reverse and keep your home cool. If there’s an unexpected heatwave, then it’ll help your home stay comfortable, so there’s no need to run a fan all day.
Draughts in the home can be annoying, as they pass a chill through your home, which you have to turn up the heat to get rid of. Installing newer sash windows can help prevent your draughts in a number of ways, including:
- They can fit tightly in the space, preventing draughts around the outside
- They have features such as rubber seals to prevent chills
- Old seals around the edges will be replaced
- Newer sash windows don’t have gaps like the older styles
- Rotten wooden frames can be replaced
Nothing can make your home feel draughtier than old windows, especially those found in period homes such as single glazing, and replacing them can instantly make your home cosier. Don’t worry, there are plenty of styles available, so your new windows will be in-keeping with the style of your home.
Naturally light and warm your home
On days when it’s sunny but cold, newer windows can help your home feel warmer, and heat is then trapped inside, meaning you can spend less on energy. More light in your home also means there’s less chance of needing to switch on the lights during the day, which can save you money.
Give SRJ Windows a call for more information about energy efficient windows. Based at Macintosh House, Innova Campus, Viking Way, Rosyth, near Dunfermline, KY11 2UU, they cover the surrounding areas. Simply call 01383 851 951 to get a free quote.