In a bid to make energy saving as simple as possible, many things we buy are assigned ratings. At the bottom of the scale, a G-rated item would be considered inefficient, while a top-rated A+ is the best on the market.
Many consumers are confused when it comes to energy ratings for windows; we’re used to seeing them on dishwashers and fridges, but the A+ Window Energy Rating for glazing is relatively new, having been launched only in the last few years. The WER is a measure of efficiency for the whole window, including the frame, and tells you about the performance of the window when professionally installed.
Here’s why you should keep an eye out for A+ rated windows, and choose them for your home – even if it means spending a little more.
Energy efficiency benefits
A+ rated windows are the best on the market, offering the best possible energy efficiency. This means that the savings you make on your energy bills will be the highest possible, giving you the greatest return on your investment. The British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC) checks all glazing products, and it awards the A+ rating to the very best.
Efficiency is the first, and most compelling, reason to choose A+ windows over lower grades, and it’s achieved via a combination of factors.
If you’ve invested in insulation, or a smart heating system for your home, going for A+ windows is sensible, since it will make the most of the savings you generate. That means fewer hours of heating to pay for, and a reduction in your monthly direct debit for gas, oil or electric heating.
Most of us hope to buy windows once every decade at the most; in 8 years’ time, energy bills will probably be a lot more expensive than they are today.
Other reasons to choose A+
The A+ energy efficiency rating was introduced relatively recently to take into account the advancements in glazing technology.
Aside from the energy efficiency savings, A+ rated windows tend to offer much better noise reduction than lower energy rated windows, assuming a competent person installs the windows.
You’ll also benefit from better warmth around the home, thanks to the combination of fewer draughts cooling the space, and better solar gain trapping natural sunlight inside. In fact, you can expect an A+ rated window to be basically draught proofed.
Making an informed purchase
Buying windows is all about balancing cost and performance. A+ rating gives you the peace of mind of the best technology and best potential returns. And seeing as your home is constantly losing heat through the windows, it pays to have the very best you can afford.
Window companies aren’t allowed to sell windows with a rating below C. If you can spare the cash, get the best on the market and future-proof your investment for years to come. Don’t compare prices without checking the WER of every window to make sure you’ll get the maximum benefit.
If you would like to find out how you can benefit from A+ rated windows in your home then get in touch with our friendly team today for a no-obligation quote.