Winter is officially here. Hopefully you already have the winter wardrobe ready to rock and roll but have you got your house ready?
Getting your house ready for winter can really help when saving money on heating bills, plus it will mean you and your family are kept super warm during the cold, winter months.
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Also, Home Advisor is a rich online resource of home improvement and DIY advice in terms of winterizing your home.
A really good place to start to make your lifestyle more sustainable would be to closely evaluate your windows. In the winter you can really determine if they are up to the test.
Let’s take a look why and how you to get your windows ready for winter.
What is the most critical component for an energy efficient window?
That’s simple … simply double glazing – It makes have huge difference on how much heat leaves your property. If you are living in a house with single glazing or first generation uPVC, then it is very likely that significant amounts of of heat is leaving your home through your windows.
If you already have double glazing in place, check how long you have had it for as it may be the case that it isn’t as energy efficient as it could be, especially if it was put in around 10-15 years ago.
If you don’t have double glazing or the double glazing you have isn’t as effective as it could be, now would be the best time to invest in this feature for your home. Advancements to the market, such as thermally coated glass, triple glazing, argon gas fill and warm-edge spacers, could see you save money long term and surprisingly, energy efficient windows aren’t as expensive as you may think.
How much energy could you save? This will vary between every house, but it could be a saving of as much as 60% if you get the right windows for your home. On top of saving on heat loss, energy efficient windows allow you to drastically reduce external noise as well as condensation build-up.
What will uPVC do to my home? There are a wide range of window finishes available so that you can match it to the style of your home. From wood grain effects to solid color finishes, across a wide range of different colors, you won’t have to worry about changing the look and feel of your home.
Is it a good investment for the future? Windows that are energy efficient will provide additional value to your home and provide your with a long term investment in ensuring that your house is kept as warm as possible and less energy is lost.
Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure that you choose a company that offers a backed guarantee so that you are covered in case there is ever a problem in the future.
1 – Look for companies that are FENSA registered as this offers you protection should there ever be an issue with the product.
2 – Check for a company who are BSI and BBA certified as it means the windows they use are manufactured to accredited standards.
3- Check out independent review websites to ensure that the feedback is positive. 4 – Ask family and friends for recommendations. There’s often nothing better than word of mouth.
Finding the best quote The Internet is usually the first port of call in finding a competitive price. Compare costs and see what options are available to you. It’s also important that you visit shops to look at the different styles as what you see on the Internet may not look the same in real life.
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Window drapes Believe it or not, any type of window, energy efficient or an ancient relic can be substantially improved with some thick drapes pulled shut on cold days and always at night.
Sam Kipling from Safety Wear World provided this article. He is an expert on health and safety in the work place. He also takes a keen interest in advising people on eco-friendly construction methods via informative articles for various websites.