What are Energy Ratings?
Simply put, energy ratings are a measure of how affective a product is at preventing energy loss. There are seven different ratings that can be given, which range from A-G (A being the highest) which will inform the consumer of how energy efficient a particular product is. These ratings are provided and checked by the British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC) who ensure that all products are energy efficient, that they resist condensation and ensure that heat is conserved. More specifically, in regards to the energy efficiency of windows, the Window Energy Rating (WER) follows a comparable system which consumers are accustomed to seeing on white goods. These labels indicate how effective the windows are at preserving energy.
The Importance of Energy Efficient Windows
Window Energy Ratings (WER) have become substantially more recognised and must now be complied by to meet Building Regulation standards. In addition, all new homes must now have a minimum of a ‘C’ WER rating.
Preventing energy loss is one of the main reasons for companies providing energy efficient windows, however there are many other benefits that can be gained. Although purchasing energy efficient windows can initially cost slightly more, in the long term, utility bills throughout the home will be reduced. This is because energy efficient windows do not just reduce the amount of heat that is lost from the house but also decrease the amount of solar energy allowed in. As a result, by spending less on other heating and cooling devices, the overall bills of a home can be substantially minimised. It has even been stated that energy efficient windows can reduce household bills by 7-15%.
The heat conserving properties of energy efficient windows are enough reason for most people to purchase them, however they have even more benefits. By installing these types of window you can also reduce the amount of undesirable, external noise that enters your home, creating a more peaceful environment. As well as this, by using energy efficient windows, as you will be using less fuel, your carbon emissions will also decrease, contributing to a safer environment.
Associated Glass Standard Window Glass
The price difference in the categorized energy ratings are minimal from A rated to – C rated however the performance levels are a big difference. This is why as Standard Associated Glass use A rated Glass in our window and door products, ensuring you have a quality product suitable for the comfort sustainability of your home.