Winter may be drawing in, but don’t let the chilly temperatures discourage you from completing those home improvement projects. In fact, now is the ideal time to make changes to your home that will improve its efficiency over the colder months. With recent news of the energy price cap being increased, we have put together our top home improvement ideas to help keep your home warm this winter whilst also saving you money on your energy bills.

Timber casement bay window

Upgrade your windows this winter

There’s no doubt that winter is an ideal time to feel the benefit of new replacement windows. Having brand new windows installed around your home during the coldest part of the year will mean that you get to feel the benefit straight away. You can expect to improve your home’s energy efficiency, thermal efficiency, aesthetic and value, all in time for the festive season.

We offer our range of windows styles in either uPVC, aluminium, or timber frames because we know that every homeowner is different. Having 3 materials on offer gives you the freedom to make the best decision for your household’s individual needs. All 3 materials can look great on any style of home, featuring an extensive range of benefits including high energy efficiency, security, and personalisation.

U-values of timber, aluminium, and uPVC windows:

The lower the U-value, the more energy efficient a window will be. According to Building Regulations, the minimum U-value requirement for windows is 1.6W/m²K.

  • Timber: 1.4 – 1.2 W/m²K double glazed and 0.8 W/m²K triple glazed
  • Aluminium: Approximately 1.2 W/m²K double glazed and 0.8 W/m²K triple glazed
  • uPVC: Approximately 1.2 W/m²K double glazed and 0.8 W/m²K triple glazed

Our window styles include:

White flush sash window

All of our windows achieve an A+ rating for the ultimate energy efficiency. Our high-performance double or triple glazing helps to prevent heat from escaping from your home and keep draughts out, whilst also reducing noise. At Wolverhampton, our energy efficient windows could potentially save you hundreds of pounds a year in heating bills whilst keeping your home at a comfortable temperature all year round.

Replace your front door ready for winter

Why not consider replacing your front door to give your home a makeover and improve its energy efficiency this winter? If you are looking to replace your front door, you could think about upgrading to a composite door. Robust, secure and thermally efficient, composite doors lead the market in door technology. More and more homeowners are recognising and feeling the benefits of a composite door, such as the advanced locking mechanisms, the durable GRP skin, and their high insulation foam core for increased thermal efficiency.

Christmas time is particularly prosperous for burglars as our houses are suddenly filled with pricey presents neatly tucked under the tree, so upping your security before the festive season is definitely a good idea. We know that home security is a priority for every homeowner, and that’s why our composite doors can be designed to meet PAS 24 accreditations. They’re rigorously tested to security standards as well as common burglary methods, giving you complete assurance that your family is safe and secure.

You can have a go at building your dream door using our composite door designer here.

A black composite Front door

Replace your back doors to save money this winter

It’s not uncommon for us to focus our attention to the front of our homes and accidently neglect our back doors. Back doors, however, can contribute hugely to heat loss in the home if they are older and outdated. Do you feel a draught around your back door? Have you noticed condensation build up between the glazing panes? Do you find that the room your back door is in requires more heat to stay warm? These are all tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your back doors. Investing in energy efficient doors from Wolverhampton will ensure your home is kept as warm as possible in the colder months, meaning you can rely less on your heating and save money on your bills.

Our back door styles, available in uPVC, aluminium, composite, and timber:

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Secure any drafts to stay warm all winter

During the winter, any cold draught can cause your home to lose heat. Insulate your property by sealing cracks in floors, doors and skirting boards, hang heavy curtains and use draught excluders to keep the heat in. You should also look at the areas where heat escapes the property. Consider purchasing keyhole and letterbox covers, and if there are any other opportunities for air to escape, then look into ways of minimising the draught where you can.

Add insulation for extra warmth this winter

A very common reason for adding insulation is comfort. A home that is under-insulated is more vulnerable to outside temperatures. Heat naturally flows from hot to cold. This means that depending on the outside temperature you may be experiencing hot/cold and uncomfortable rooms due to heat displacement. While it’s not the most exciting project, adding insulation to your home could help make your home more energy-efficient. Start by checking your attic, or if you have one, your basement to see if more insulation is needed.

Other quick and easy ways to make your home more energy efficient this winter

  • Keep furniture away from radiators. It might feel great to have your favourite seat in front of the radiator, but it’s absorbing heat that could be warming your home. By moving it away from the radiator, hot air can circulate freely.
  • Turn down your thermostat. Research shows that turning your thermostat down by 1°C could potentially cut your heating bill by up to 10%.
  • Invest in a smart meter. These work by allowing you to programme your heating to come on at predefined times – so you only use energy when you need it.
  • Wrap up warm! Consider putting on a few extra layers before reaching for the thermostat.

Improve your home this winter with Wolverhampton Glass

Here at Wolverhampton Glass we have been offering high-quality products and expert customer service to homeowners throughout the West Midlands and beyond for over 45 years. For more information about our home improvement solutions call us on 01902 773831 or contact us online.

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Could I just put on record how impressed we have been with Mick and the team who came to lay the base last week.
They arrived promptly, worked very hard and efficiently, left everything tidy, and above all they have done an excellent job in just a few days.
I assume we were lucky enough to have had your A team working here. If they are not recognised as such, well they should be!
Please thank them on our behalf for doing an excellent job.
Thanks again

Mr and Mrs Pilkington

Just wanted to thank you all for the installations carried out at my house last week. The window fitters were great, and I have to pass on an extra special thanks for the chap who came in on the Friday to single handedly fit the doors. He was brilliant and did an amazing job. All your fitters kept me informed what was going on and left no mess. So happy with the result. Many thanks to you too Matt, for juggling jobs to keep my kitchen refit on schedule. Much appreciated.

Ms Chambers

I would like to thank all at Wolverhampton Glass for an exceptionally professional and satisfactory Warmer Roof installation carried out by Carl, Alan, and Brian over the last few days. Even though the weather was less than ideal the guys worked tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of the installation went smoothly. Where there were issues, they were sorted with the minimum of fuss and their tidiness and attention to detail was impressive and greatly appreciated.

Mr Day

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At Wolverhampton Glass, you’ve got complete peace of mind as we are fully accredited by all the relevant regulatory bodies. We are a FENSA registered company and are also proud to offer a 10 year insurance backed guarantee on every installation as standard.

Over our 45 years, we’ve built up quite the local reputation too. Take a look at some of our recent customer reviews from homeowners across the Midlands.