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Old Windows are like big holes in your insulation
From a strict energy efficiency view, old windows are a really bad idea. If you want the most energy efficient building, make it one with good insulation and new A-rated Upvc windows!
When designing and building an energy efficient structure, we spend a great deal of effort creating a thermally resistant building shell that can effectively control heat loss. Placing windows in our carefully designed insulating shell is essentially cutting big holes in our work.
Of course, windows are vital for a healthy, safe building and no one would seriously consider doing away with them. We're stuck with windows, thankfully, but old windows can be energy wasters and there has been some huge changes in energy saving windows in the last few years with the changing climate.
So, you may ask, if old windows are such energy wasters, shouldn't we put the absolute best performing windows into our homes in order to minimize those loses?
If you are constructing a new home, the simple answer to that question is yes, you should buy the best performing window system appropriate for your climate that your budget can bear. You will save money each and every day of the life of that building. So why not give Classic Window Replacements a call and get your free quotation today!!
And since windows are being installed anyway, the cost differential between an average window and a high performance A-rated Upvc window is well worth it. The simple payback on your additional investment will likely be a reasonable period, depending on your climate.
An energy efficient a-rated PVC window is one way of combating the cold this winter!!
Positive Weather Solutions, the long range forecasting agency which predicted the last Big Freeze as well as the wet summer in 2009, say January and February 2012 will bring snowfall across much of Ireland and the UK. PWS also say that a White Christmas is likely in most parts. So can you afford the extra heating costs to say warm this winter? People can save up to 30% off their heating bills by replacing their old windows.
Senior forecaster Jonathan Powell said: "It is very unusual to have two very harsh winters back-to-back, but this winter will be similar to last winter...Local authorities need to be warned that they'll have to handle another very cold winter."
One great way to stop the cold getting in is through your windows. Now companies like Classic Window Replacements have the latest in energy efficient technology to supply homes with an A-rated PVC window that keeps the cold out and the heat in!!
Ireland experienced its coldest winter in more than 65 years last winter when sub zero temperatures and snow affected much of the country during December and January. With the rise in heating costs and our ever harshening winters can you afford not to have A-rated windows? The prolonged cold spell also put severe pressure on grit and salt supplies with some local authorities having to be resupplied with imported grit from the Continent.
Meanwhile, some forecasters say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years. They say the dramatic change is connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream, which they say has shrunk in half in just the last couple of years.
An Easy, Common Sense Choice
I was surfing the Internet today and found a group of ads that was running on almost every search engine I looked at. What got me about the ads was that they were kind of annoying. I ended up looking into one of them and what I found was surprising. It was common sense.
The ad asked "Would you pay €3 per liter for petrol when it's selling for under €2?" My first thought was "What a stupid question." Of course nobody would pay and extra Euro per liter for petrol. I was indignant when I was thinking about it at first. What was the point?
When an ad says something like that to begin with it makes you wonder what the point is going to be. The next line of the ad was "You're Doing It Right Now with Your Heating Bills." Okay, now I'm a little more interested but I want proof. This particular ad was for replacement windows and it went on to make its case!
Think about this analogy. We all drive an extra few miles to get petrol where it's three cents per liter cheaper. We watch the signs and most people notice the fluctuation as the prices go up and down and back up, only usually a little further. Anyway, we may put fifteen liters of petrol in our cars so we probably save a little under fifty cents filling up at the cheaper petrol station. Let's say you fill up twice a week. You've saved a whole four Euro this month and you're darn proud of it!
With our replacement window company called Classic Window Replacements we have a 33% Heating and Cooling Fuel Savings.
At work today we had a meeting and the question was asked about how much the heating bills were last month for everyone. They ranged from €740 down to €390. One thing they all had in common was that they were their highest heating bills ever. That means these people could save from €129-€244 per month by installing A-rated Classic Windows. No matter how you look at it these folks could save €750 to €1,500 per year by installing these windows.
The bottom line is that people go to great lengths to save €4 per month on petrol but very few seem to care about the hundreds, if not thousands of Euro they are wasting by keeping their old windows. The next time I hear someone talk about how cheap petrol is down the street I'm going to ask them how their windows perform.