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Saving money with ‘A’ Rated Windows?

A-rated windows and energy rated windows as a whole are not new ideas, with many programmes already in place across the world in countries like Canada, USA and Australia. Many other countries have similar schemes in place or intend to implement similar strategies to make energy rated doors and windows more accessible.

The highest potential energy loss areas of any building can be found in the glazing. Improving window and door heat retention capabilities can give lifelong benefits with regards to a building’s energy efficiency. With less draughts, better heat retention and less wasted energy, energy rated windows and doors are proven to have a direct impact on energy consumption rates.

Under the government’s Window Energy Ratings Scheme, windows are rated on a scale from the lowest, ‘G’ to the highest, ‘A+’. Current building regulations in place since October 2010 require that all new windows fitted in homes and buildings are a minimum of band C – Any windows that are rated ‘B’ or higher are recognised by The Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Recommended scheme.

There are many benefits to upgrading to ‘A’ banded windows. Not only can homeowners rest assured that the window scheme is approved, they get peace of mind that home efficiency has been increased and the amount of energy has been reduced, helping save money on gas and electricity bills.

Windows with a higher efficiency ration are significantly more effective than any existing single or standard double glazing. Manufactured in Europe, all Energy Rated Windows meet the requirements and standards for building regulations concerning the efficiency of homes.

The efficiency of a window is not only dependant on the type of low-e glass used in window glazing. Other changes that can bring about substantial rating changes include: improving a window’s ‘g-value’, this is the amount of free heat from the sun that windows let in, without compromising the U-value – the degree to which a window stops heat leaving the home.

When improving a property it is important to consider the rising cost of fuel, carbon footprints and the overall issue of energy efficiency. Ecoframe’s REHAU ‘A’ rated windows not only improve a home’s aesthetics, the thermal insulation properties significantly reduce heating bills by retaining heat for longer. This allows heating times to be cut and less fuel to be burnt.

Something that is not a personal choice, energy efficiency is a commitment by the government to dramatically reduce carbon emissions over the next decade, resulting in many more energy efficient products, schemes and incentives being created. In order to comply with such a commitment, REHAU enhanced windows have the ability to meet the criteria for a Zero Carbon Home (passivhaus), the highest standards currently achievable within the construction industry.

This means that many homes can reduce their annual bill by as much as half by investing in A rated windows for their property. This is an investment that will save more money in the long run than was originally invested in the upgrade.