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The complete guide to choosing eco-friendly windows

January 3, 2023

The importance of choosing eco-friendly products can never be overstated.

Reducing our carbon footprint is how we are all able to have a positive impact on the planet, protecting it for future generations. 

Opting for eco-friendly windows isn’t just smart for the environment either, it’s also smart for your home, and your bank balance, too.

Not only will the upgrade give your property an instant lift, it will help drive down rising energy bills as well. 

5 things to consider when choosing eco-friendly windows  

  1. Materials. uPVC is widely considered one of the best materials on the market when looking at home insulation. This is mainly down to its extremely low level of thermal conductivity, which means less heat escaping through your windows; boosting energy efficiency and helping to reduce carbon emissions. uPVC is also fully recyclable, and can actually be recycled up to 10 times.
  2. Energy ratings. Window Energy Ratings are how customers are able to compare the energy performance of different windows. They are given to all windows, and while there is more than one registered body that administers the ratings, all employ a grading system that uses a scale, generally from E –  A++, with those rated A++ the most energy efficient. Ratings take into account factors like heat loss, solar gain and air leakage.
  3. Cost. There’s a common misconception that eco-friendly products tend to be on the more expensive side. When it comes to windows, that’s definitely not the case, especially if a customer decides to go down the uPVC route. Taking into account the bigger picture, uPVC’s longevity and durability means it will be at least 20 years before you even need to consider replacements. On top of that, the energy bill savings made through choosing a greener product should make the decision more than worth in the long run.
  4. Glass. Eco-friendly windows tend to come with a low-emissivity (Low-E) coating that reflects heat back into a room during the winter, adding an extra layer of insulation to properties. Low-E glass also prevents the discolouring of furniture by stopping the vast majority UV light from entering your home.
  5. Style. Windows are one of the first things a person notices about a property, so it’s only natural we want them to look the part. Another one of those pesky misconceptions is that eco-friendly products are more drab than fab. On the contrary, uPVC windows come in a variety of shapes, styles and colours offering homeowners the chance to create their own perfect look. 

What are the most common styles of eco-friendly windows?  

There’s no denying eco-friendly windows are a fantastic way to make a home more energy efficient, while helping families get to grips with rising utility bills.

Given the fact the ‘green’ conversation is a relatively new one though – one that’s rightly becoming louder all the time – some customers are still surprised to learn there’s a huge choice when looking to upgrade.  

The most common styles of eco-friendly windows fall into aluminium, timber and UPVC categories. All have their benefits, but at VEKA, we believe uPVC delivers the most, with supreme versatility, unrivalled longevity, and countless customisation possibilities.

Casement, FlushSash, Tilt and Turn, Fully Reversible, TwinSash; all these window types are available with excellent energy efficiency ratings, so environmentally conscious customers can now truly choose the style that suits their property best. 

VEKA eco-friendly windows 

Sustainability is at the heart of everything VEKA does. 

The company won the Best Sustainability Initiative at the 2022 G21 Awards, and we are proud to offer some of the most energy efficient frames on the market today. 

We firmly believe every product should be designed and manufactured with the environment in mind, which is why we are fully committed to our most important partnership – VEKA recycling. 

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