Homeowners urged to wrap-up for winter
With the clock’s going back and winter just around the corner, Andover window, door and home improvement specialist KJM Group, is offering homeowners free energy efficiency checks to help them cut down on their heating costs.
Government figures show, 81 per cent of the UK’s housing stock was built before 1990, with one in five properties constructed before 1919, making their heating a major source of energy consumption.
According to the Energy Saving Trust an uninsulated home will lose 66% of its heat through solid walls or 33% through uninsulated cavity walls. The next biggest offender for heat loss is roof space at 25%, with windows and doors third on list accounting for 20 per cent of heat loss.
KJM warns that while many properties in Hampshire either already have double or secondary glazing, homeowners may still find that they are spending hundreds of pounds unnecessarily on heating bills because the performance of glass units, degrades over time. The Mylen Road company is offering a free home check service as part of its campaign to help Hampshire get ready for winter.
Mark Pearce, Managing Director, KJM Group, said: “We started fitting double-glazing more than 30-years ago now. The products we installed then deliver nothing like the performance of the products that we install now but to compound the problem, double-glazed units lose performance over their lifetime.
“The industry generally quotes around 30 years but the reality is that it can be much sooner and as a consequence, many homeowners will be paying a lot more than they need to heat their properties.
“New windows and doors may offer rapid payback on energy bills. They will also deliver a stack of benefits including improved security features which older windows and doors just don’t have.”
KJM Group offers Hampshire’s most extensive range of energy efficient windows and doors. This includes a triple-glazed option, which delivers an industry leading u-value (the measure of heat loss in buildings) as low as 0.66W/m².K.
“At 0.66W/m².K you have a Passivhaus Scandinavian standard product. It offers 40 per cent better insulation over our Window Energy ‘A’ rated double-glazed products, which are already incredibly energy efficient products”, added Mark.
Going into its thirty-fourth year in business and employing 30 people including ten fitting teams, KJM Group has seen continuing growth throughout 2015.
The company has also expanded its range to offer a complete home improvement service. This includes and extensive range of low maintenance and energy efficient windows and doors, including casement, tilt and turn and vertical sliding windows and doors in PVC-U, timber and aluminium.
KJM is one of just five finalists in the G15 Awards, a national home improvement award, fighting off competition from more than 7,000 installation businesses nationwide, to make the finals.
The fourth time that KJM Group has made the finals, it will find out if has claimed the top Installer of the Year title at a special gala dinner later this month on 27th November at the Hilton, in London’s Park Lane.