Save Money with Energy Efficient Double GlazingApril 25, 2013
The past few months have granted Britain with one of the coldest and most prolonged winters on record and caused homeowners throughout the country to question the effectiveness of their windows. Damaged windows, poorly installed windows or old, single glazed windows have meant many people have felt the chill within their property, resulting in extortionate energy bills that have left them severely out of pocket.
So in order to improve the energy efficiency of your home, and reduce your bills as a result, why not invest in some double glazing? It is proven to save money whilst also protecting your home from the cold weather and helping to keep it warm…
What is energy efficient double glazing?
Energy efficient windows are designed to help contain and conserve the heat within your home, whilst also protecting it from the elements, such as the ingress of water or wind. They are also developed to prevent condensation and yet still allow natural energy – such as the warmth of the sun – to enter and heat your property.
They can be made using a range of materials, including aluminium, uPVC and timber, and are available in a selection of styles in order to meet your individual requirements and complement the aesthetics of your home.
One of the most innovative types of double glazing is Planitherm and, available from reputable suppliers such as WindowWorx, it has been proven to be the most energy efficient window glass in the UK. It uses advanced coatings to retain more internal warmth whilst capturing free energy from natural daylight; meaning your home will be warmer than when using standard windows and, as a result, your energy bills lower.
How does it work?
Double glazed windows are made up of two sheets of glass with a gap between them (instead of just one in the case of single glazed windows). The gap is usually approximately 16mm wide and particularly efficient windows use gases such as argon, xenon or krypton in between the two panes of glass.
The space between the two sheets of glass traps air which, in turn, slows heat transfer through poor convection and conduction processes. This creates an effective insulating barrier and means that little or no air can leak between the two panes, protecting your home from losing heat through its windows.
This thermal image shows the difference in heat loss between single and double glazed windows. The house on the left has a single glazed window and the image shows much more heat escaping from this one (as indicated by the bright yellow colour).
How much money can you save?
According to Which? if you invested in swapping all the single glazed windows in a three bedroom house to double glazing you could expect to save an average of £170 on your annual heating bill. As the average lifespan for double glazing is at least 20 years this means you’ll save an impressive £3400 (over those 20 years) on heating your home.
You would also prevent your home from emitting 680kg of carbon dioxide emissions per year, making the windows very environmentally friendly. In order to choose the most energy efficient windows you should look for the BFRC rating and Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo.
What are the other advantages?
Investing in energy efficient double glazing not only benefits your pocket; other advantages of double glazing include:
• Enhanced levels of security – double glazed units are much harder to remove or damage from the outside.
• Reduced noise pollution – as well as keeping the heat in, energy efficient windows also insulates your home against outside noise.
• Reduce condensation – good quality double glazing will stop condensation from building up on the inside of your windows.
• Increased levels of comfort – because double glazing reduces the heat lost through your windows, it also means there are fewer draughts and cold spots within your home.
• Environmentally friendly – by using less fuel to heat your home you’ll generate less carbon dioxide, reducing your carbon footprint and making your home much more eco-friendly.
For more information on any of our double glazing products, and to find out how we can help you save money, get in touch with the professionals at WindowWorx today!
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