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Are bay windows energy efficient?

January 3, 2023

The words ‘energy’ and ‘efficient’ are being used more than ever these days. And for good reason.

The greener we are in our thinking, the healthier our planet will be for generations to come.

Reducing our carbon footprint can also have a positive effect on our financial world as well. 

A home that’s properly insulated will require less heating, meaning lighter bills dropping through your letterbox. 

This is why choosing the right type of window for your home is so important. 

Traditionally, bay windows have always been viewed as being more aesthetically pleasing than energy efficient. 

Thier charming, heritage look may scream ‘draught’, but with modern technology and the right fitters, bay windows can be just as energy efficient as any other style on the market.

The 6 main benefits of bay windows

  1. Energy efficient. Bay windows may have more openings/panes when compared to your standard window, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be as thermally efficient. Double glazing will help keep the heat in, and the cold out, while uPVC frames are an excellent insulator that many homeowners tend to opt for when installing bay windows. For added thermal protection, floor to ceiling curtains are also a worthwhile consideration.
  2. Aesthetics. There’s no doubting the fact that bay windows add instant curb appeal to any property they adorn. They are stop-you-in-your tracks, drop-dead gorgeous; bringing traditional charm and character to homes across the country. A beautiful and iconic symbol of the UK’s Victorian era, bay windows are perfect for modern homes as well as more traditional ones.
  3. They create space. Stunning from the outside, functional from the inside. Bay windows come with the added bonus of creating more interior space due to their protruding design. You can place a sofa or a reading chair in that space, maybe even a bespoke storage bench, or just let all that natural light flood in.
  4. Natural light. Sitting in a room that’s bathed wall to wall in generous sunlight can make us feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready for the day ahead. Maximising the amount of daylight your property gets will not only make rooms brighter (and your mood lighter), it can make them seem bigger, and more welcoming. The angled design of bay windows allows natural light to enter a room from multiple directions, far more than you’d get from a standard casement window.
  5. Extra ventilation. It isn’t just natural light you’ll be enjoying more of either. Bay windows generally come with three panes of glass. This means multi-openings and the opportunity for homeowners to increase the amount of airflow travelling through their property. Good ventilation can have a positive effect on health and wellbeing as well as reducing the risk of condensation and mould.
  6. Enhanced versatility. Canted, box bay, circle, bow, oriel; bay windows come in all shapes, sizes and colours. And it’s this adaptability that makes them such a popular option for homeowners. Bay windows make for a timeless, classy addition to virtually any property, whether that be a charming old cottage, or a contemporary new build.

What are the disadvantages of bay windows? 

The advantages are there for all to see, but bay windows aren’t always the best choice for a property, or homeowner.

So, before you do take the plunge it’s definitely worth your while taking a look over what some people may consider a few of the drawbacks.

Let’s start with the structure of your property. Hiring the right team to fit a bay window is vital if you don’t wish to encounter any problems down the road. They will check your home’s foundations are structurally sound, ensure the best suited bay window for your home is installed, and carry out the job using the right materials. 

Remember all that glorious natural sunlight we mentioned in the previous section. Well, while the amount of natural light bay windows let in is certainly a major plus for a lot of people, it does mean rooms may overeat in the warmer months. Although, this could be offset by all those extra ventilation points. 

There’s no getting away from just how big bay windows are. Big enough for unbeatable views, but also big enough that unless decorated properly, you could have privacy concerns. Finding the best fitting curtains or blinds isn’t always easy either. 

Are bay windows a good idea for me?

We certainly think the positives far outweigh the negatives when looking at bay windows.  

They add elegance and beauty to the homes they grace, are extremely energy efficient, provide extra space inside, allow more sunlight into the home, and will almost certainly add value to your property.

A design delight, their classic look and unique shape will offer whichever room you choose to locate one in – whether that be living room, bedroom, dining room, or patio – an unforgettable focal point.