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You see it on windows made by all the big brands, but what is a WERS rating? And why should I care about a WERS rating?

WERS (Window Energy Rating Scheme) is an independent authority that rates the energy efficiency of windows and glass.

The energy efficiency is in relation to how well the Window keeps hot and cool air inside the house, as well as keeping Hot and Cool air outside the house.

Why choose WERS rated windows?

Energy efficient windows dramatically reduce your energy costs and help maintain the best efficiency of all your heating and cooling devices, by maintaining a stable temperature that has less impact on how hard your devices have to work to reach your desired temperature.

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How to choose a WERS rated Window?

WERS covers 3 key climates relating to Australia, and they are classified as what function the window will perform through most of the year; heating, cooling and mixed, each relates to the requirements of the house over the course of the year.

Heating is relevant for southern parts of Australia (Victoria and Tasmania), Cooling is relevant to Northern parts of Australia (Queensland, Western Australia & Northern Territory) and Mixed is for central parts of Australia (NSW & South Australia).

Remember, WERS is a system designed to aid in efficiency and reduce your heating and cooling expenses.

Consider this when choosing windows, and weight up the initial cost of the window against the benefits it provides and choose a window that suits your climate requirements.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are a very common choice in modern homes. Awning windows are installed with a hinge at the top and open outwards. They are most often rectangular in shape, in either vertical or horizontal orientation. Often they are fitted with a winder, which acts as both easy opening device and serves to hold the window open.

The awning window is a versatile style of window that can be used in any type of home. They are often used to improve ventilation – you will see awning windows above front doors in traditional Victorian homes, through to ultramodern homes.

Awnings windows are available to suit your home style in the following materials:

  • Timber
  • Aluminium

And can be fitted with your choice of glass:

  • Standard glass
  • Energy Efficient Double Glazing
  • Noise Resistant Double Glazing
  • Decorative Glass like leadlight

And many other including safety, bushfire resistant and storm resistant glass.

The winders for the awning windows can be lockable and bought in keyed alike sets.

Double Hung Windows

The double hung window is also known as the sash window, particularly when installed in older homes.

Quite simply, a double hung window is a window that is two framed panels of glass, and each of these sections are called sashes. Each sash can slide up or down past the other one. The real benefit of the sash windows is that you are able to customise the amount of air that can come into the room by either raising the bottom panel only, lowering the top panel only; or by adjusting both panels.

Double Hung windows were used across many architectural periods – Victorian, Federation right through to Californian bungalow. They can be sourced from salvage yards as secondhand, or bought new.

Double hung windows are available to suit your home style in the following materials:

  • Timber
  • Aluminium

And when bought new can be fitted with your choice of glass:

  • Standard glass
  • Energy Efficient Double Glazing
  • Noise Resistant Double Glazing
  • Decorative Glass like leadlight

And many other including safety, bushfire resistant and storm resistant glass.

There are various locking mechanisms available for double hung windows.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are probably the most common window.

Casement windows attach to a frame by one or more hinges at the side. Casement windows can be used signally or in a pair, in which case they are hinged on the outside. Casement windows are opened by a winder or crank. Out of all the windows available, these can be opened the furthest and as such, be mindful if installing them near a garden path as this can create an obstacle when opened.

When it comes to security, casements windows are particularly good because the locks are embedded in the frame and are hooked shaped. Furthermore, they can be locked at various points on the winding mechanism,

Casement windows are known to be great for ventilation as they can direct airflow inside the home. The majority of casement windows have efficient seals that assist minimal air leakage. Security, energy efficient, decorative glass to name a few can be installed in a casement window. The fact that the windows hardware can be matched to a variety of colours, that the installation configuration can be either right or left opening and that it’s easy to have them fitted with fly screens means casement windows are a terrific multipurpose choice.

Bi-Fold Windows

Bi-fold windows fold back upon themselves to create a discrete stack. Generally they fold to one side however; you can have them built so that they can be stacked in either direction.

The bi-fold window is a great application for entertaining areas, servery sills or areas where you require maximum view with minimal obstructions as they don’t require a frame or any beams.

Bi-fold windows are commonly made from timber or aluminium. Given bi-fold windows stack back upon each other when open, extra consideration will be required when it comes to selecting an adequate fly screen. The most common option is either a retractable or pull-down fly screen.

Bi-fold windows provide sensational ventilation for your home and can be a real focal point to any interior.

Sliding Windows

The sliding window is a very simple, classic window design that will suit the majority of home renovations.

The most common sliding window configuration is when one pane of glass is fixed and the other pane of glass slides to allow for ease of opening and closing. The sliding window is a great renovation solution where space is restricted. Sliding windows are commonly aluminium, timber or PVC. All materials have their pros and cons but all are popular choices. Sliding windows can be single or double glazed and can easily accommodate fly screens.

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