Timber casement windows Kingston

According to a new report, poorly insulated homes will pay around £1000 more on gas bills this winter.

Homes rated band F for energy performance are set to pay £968 more for their gas this winter than a band C home, while a band D home will pay £420 more than a band C home.

When combining gas and electricity bills together, band F homes will pay almost £2,000 more than band C, and band D homes will pay almost £600 extra.

And while electricity and gas prices continue to rise, the report by the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit states that insulation is one of the key solutions:

 ‘[Our] analysis has shown that deploying heat pumps and insulation is the fastest and most effective way to permanently reduce gas demand, gas imports and heating bills.’

According to a BBC report, the UK also has some of the ‘least energy-efficient and leakiest housing in Europe’ – with only one in four homes having draught-proofing.

So, as most heat in a home is lost through the windows and the roof, it’s more important than ever to improve your window insulation.

You can do this in the following ways:

1. Double Glazing

Double glazing is filled with air or gas which is a poor conductor of heat, and makes it up to 80% more effective at reducing heat loss than single glazing.

Modern double glazing units also include a ‘Low E’ (low emissivity) coating, which reflects heat back into a building and offers far better thermal insulation than plain uncoated glass.

Close up of double glazed window

For period and conservation properties we can offer a slimline double glazing option, which is thinner than standard double glazing but can be just as thermally efficient.

For windows that are in good enough condition, we can put double glazed sashes or casements (the moving parts of the window) – into the existing window frames, for the simplest and least disruptive option.

2. Draught Proofing

Draught seals are a simple way to help prevent draughts coming into your property through the perimeter of your windows, and some perform better than others.

At Timbawood we use full perimeter compression seals on our new windows and doors, which offer the best thermal and acoustic insulation.

According to Historic England, draught-proofing can reduce air leakage from windows by between 33% and 50%.

The advantage of draught-proofing is that it can be fitted to existing windows without needing to replace them, making it a cost-effective option.

3. Curtains

Perhaps the simplest solution of all is to fit close fitting, thick curtains and blinds. These will help prevent the warm air inside your home hitting the colder glass of your windows and cooling down, as well as reducing draughts. A pelmet above the curtain rail will also improve thermal insulation even further.

At Timbawood we specialise in single and double glazed timber windows and doors for period, conservation and listed properties, including sash windows, casement windows, front doors, french doors, fire doors and bifold doors.

To find out more about the specialist glazing and draught proofing options for our timber windows and doors, speak to one our specialists on 0208 893 4889 who will be happy to give you further advice.