How timber windows and doors can reduce your energy consumption
May 9, 2022 | Blog
An insightful and useful guide that informs readers on the many reasons why timber windows and doors can help to reduce energy consumption around the home, plus a bullet point list of benefits for homeowners that opt to invest in more energy-efficient home improvements.
Sustainability is an increasing focus for many modern homeowners, with plenty putting it as one of their priorities during daily living. There are many reasons why you may choose to lower your energy consumption, and many ways you can lower it. One common solution can be found in improving the energy efficiency of your home. Working on the heat insulation can considerably reduce your consumption notably through changing your windows and doors. Here’s how.
How windows can be energy efficient
Windows are one of the most effective tools available in your home when it comes to energy efficiency. Good quality double and triple-glazed windows are incredible at retaining heat, meaning you’ll need to rely less on manual means of heating your home, such as radiators. Energy efficient windows are those with a u value of 1.4W/m²K or less or those with a window energy rating (WER) in Band B. Windows can also reduce energy consumption by letting in more natural light, which reduces the need to have lights turned on every second of the day. You can especially maximise the use of natural light in the summer, when daylight hours are longest.
How doors can be energy efficient
Alongside windows, doors can also be energy efficient. Energy efficient doors are those with a U-value of 1.4W/m²K or less, or those with a door energy rating (DER) in Band B. This rating means that the heat transfer from inside to outside via your door is slow and it’s a case of the lower the better. A u value of 1.0W/m²K, for example, is more energy efficient than a door with a u value of 1.4W/m²K. This, again, reduces the need to rely on your heating system, saving you energy and money in the long term.
You can read more about U-values and the recent changes to improve energy efficiency in our blog here (https://www.bereco.co.uk/blog/navigating-complying-building-regulations-windows-doors-v2-existing-dwellings)
Why invest in energy efficient home improvements?
There are many reasons why investing in good quality energy efficient home improvements is great for you and your home. These include:
- Lower energy bill prices year-round means that you have more money in your day-to-day budget.
- Better heat retention means that you stay warm and cosy in the winter months.
- Overheating prevention means your home will also stay cooler and comfortable in the summer months without the need for air conditioning.
- Longer product lifespans particularly with natural materials such as timber means that you will spend less on replacing windows and doors as they will last a lifetime.
- Improved occupant well-being comes from having better peace of mind as you do your bit for the world around you.
Browse our timber windows and doors today
If you’re interested in lowering your home’s energy consumption and adding value to your property, browse the windows and doors available on our website today. Our energy-efficient timber windows and doors are ideal for reducing the amount of CO2e your home produces, which gives all of the benefits outlined in this article.
Have a question? Contact our friendly customer service team and we’ll be happy to help!