It’s not a major concern at this time if your home has a poor energy efficiency rating because of the fine weather, but it will be once winter comes along.
The cold will get into your house easily and you will have no choice but to crank up your heating to try and keep warm, which will be costly.
But it doesn’t need to be this way, not if you make your home more energy efficient in advance of winter.
To find out the current energy efficiency rating of your home, look at your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – homes are energy rated from A-G.
It’s a required document for anyone wanting to sell or rent out a property, so you should have one. To get an EPC organised, make contact with an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor here.
If the energy efficiency of your home needs enhancing, these are the sorts of measures that should be taken:
Installation of double or triple glazed windows and doors
Leaky old windows and doors can account for around 25% of the heat lost from your home.
If you install double or triple glazed windows and doors, you will lose far less heat through them. There is high demand for our UPVC Extreme windows due to them having an A+ energy efficiency rating, receiving endorsement from the Energy Saving Trust and being a Secured by Design system. Several of our replacement door styles are similarly impressive.
You can make an annual energy saving of £170 with new windows and doors fitted.
Fitting an eco-friendly boiler
To help you identify the thermal qualities of new boilers, they each have an ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating – most have an A-rating.
It’s unlikely that the ErP rating of your ageing boiler will be anywhere as good, and the older your boiler, the more chance it will fail at some point.
Investing in a boiler upgrade and buying an A-rated model can help you save around £340 every year, according to the Energy Saving Trust. It won’t take long to claw your money back.
Adding loft insulation
It has been found that as much as a quarter of heat produced in an uninsulated property is lost through its roof. If you add loft insulation to your loft, attic or roof space, it will be a fraction of this.
It’s really inexpensive and you might be able to fit it. Alternatively, visit the National Insulation Association website to locate a local approved insulation installer who can install the product.
The lifespan of quality loft insulation can be 40 years or more.
Get your FREE no obligation quote for new windows and doors from West Yorkshire Windows now and look forward to a cosy winter that doesn’t cost you.
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