Eco-Friendly Window Tips
Eco-Friendly Window Tips
When it comes to ensuring the eco-credentials of your home, the majority of the work you do boils down to one simple thing – ensuring the heat retention of your property.
In an eco-home, this can mean multiple things, from proper insulation to full-blown Passivhaus design principles, but there’s one element of home design which can make or break your eco-home dreams. We speak, of course, about your windows.
Historically, windows have been the weak point in any home with designs on retaining heat, but things have been getting better. Today, windows are more effective than they’ve ever been at keeping heat in and noise out, but what can you do to rubber-stamp your windows eco-credentials? Here is how to ensure your windows are up to snuff:
Opt for wood
Wood was the favoured material for window frames for hundreds of years, but recently, that’s not been the case. Superseded by aluminium, uPVC and steel – favoured for their durability – wood became a niche product for country homes and heritage properties only.
Unfortunately, metal and plastic window frames often can’t be recycled and their production creates harmful effects for the environment. Not all is lost though because wood window frames have come a long way whilst they’ve been out of the limelight.
Now constructed using modern manufacturing methods and capable of supporting more panes of glass, they’re just as durable as their more-popular uPVC cousins but have a much lower carbon output, alongside superior recyclability.
Don’t ignore double glazing
Single glazed windows might offer traditional style, but double and triple-glazing are essential if you’re keen on seeing your home display superior heat-retention properties.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, A++ rated double-glazed windows will save a detached homeowner around £110 per year – a figure which certainly adds up as the years roll by. More than that though, by reducing your dependency on internal heating to keep your property warm throughout the year, you help to reduce your dependency on fossil fuels and natural gas.
Alternatively, if you don’t have the funds (or planning permission) to replace your windows, secondary glazing can be installed which, whilst less efficient, still improves the eco-friendliness of your windows.
Stamp out draughts
Older properties are highly susceptible to draughts. Largely caused by old wood warping over time and the property itself shifting and settling, draughts instantly compromise the heat-retention of your property, driving up heating use and undoing the hard work you’ve done thus far.
Your first step to getting rid of draughts in your property is to find them. Look for cracks in brickwork, gaps between wood panels and spaces around windows. Then, feel carefully for any air which is coming through. The majority of these gaps simply need filling with the relevant filler material, however, more serious issues may require minor building work.
At Bespoke Builders, we work tirelessly to help our customers achieve the eco-home of their dreams. Whether your project is large or small, get in touch today and discover how we can help you.