When it comes to making heating and cooling decisions, home owners don’t often think about their windows. The fact is, untreated or undressed windows can be a major cause of unwanted heat gain and loss – up to 87% of heat gain in summer, and up to 40% of heat loss during winter. Choosing energy efficient windows or window blinds has many benefits for households, including: – Reducing heat loss and/or gain – Assisting other temperature control devices for greater heating and cooling – Reducing energy costs – Reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In terms of environmental and financial benefits, choosing the right windows is just as important as making the right electricity decisions. samsung a5 2017 custodia flip It’s also a lot easier – once they’re installed, there’s not much else for you to do!
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Thermal efficiency of windows is determined in Australia by WERS (Window Energy Rating Scheme), an independent accrediting system. Cooling and heating abilities are rated on a scale of 0 to 10 stars. custodia samsung galaxy xcover 4 This rating applies to the energy performance the windows will have on the whole house. custodia per samsung grand neo plus military case iphone 7 WERS was underwritten by the federal government’s Australian Greenhouse Office and was designed to be a fair and credible system. As window efficiency becomes more well-known as a green solution for housing, your home’s property value could increase thanks to the addition of energy efficient windows. custodia galaxy tab a 6 dark slate iphone 8 plus case
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