‘The Benefits of Double Glazing’October 24, 2012
Double glazing refers to all windows made up of two layers of glass, with a space of air between them. The dead air space acts as an excellent insulator and the strong and durable windows offer a host of advantages for homeowners, improving your property’s energy efficiency, keeping the warm in and the cold out and creating an extremely effective barrier against noise and adverse weather conditions.
Evergreen Energy Solutions say that 25% of the heat in your home can be lost through your windows if they are only single-glazed and estimate that if everyone in the UK who needed double glazing had it installed, it would save us around £700 million and the equivalent of approximately 740,000 households’ C02 emissions.
The Energy Saving Trust agree that installing double glazing can dramatically save money, stating that replacing single-glazed windows with B-rated double glazing could save you around £165 per year and, as you will use less fuel as a result, will also generate less carbon monoxide – typically 680kg a year.
The professionals, such as the experts down at WindowWorx, estimate double glazing to be an incredibly cost-effective solution and an investment through which you will reap a multitude of benefits, such as:
#1 Keep the heat in
A high percentage of the heat within your home can be lost through the windows if they are not double glazed. Not only is this frustrating and a massive inconvenience during the winter months, but it can also drive your heating bills up as you strive to maintain a warm temperature within your home. Double glazing is a great insulator and contains lots of defensive properties which help to your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
#2 Keep the noise out
Not only does double glazing help keep the heat in, it also helps to keep the noise out. The added insulation of double-glazed windows means they are much more resilient against noise, great if you live near a busy road or amidst a bustling town or village.
#3 Reduce your carbon footprint and cut your heating bills
As previously mentioned, double glazing is an extremely effective way of keeping the heat within your property and maintaining a comfortable temperature. As a result of less heat escaping from your home, less energy will be needed to keep it warm which means that, as a result, you will dramatically cut your heating bills and reduce your CO2 emissions. So if you are making a conscious effort to try and become more environmentally friendly, double glazing installation can significantly decrease your carbon footprint and make your home much more green.
#4 Improve the security of your home
Double glazing offers a level of security and safety which is not present with single-glazed, traditional style windows. This is because double-glazed windows feature two panes of glass, rather than just one, both of which are often toughened or laminated to reduce the risk of shattering. More often than not, damage to one pane is not carried through to the second pane, granting your home extra protection and making it a much harder task for intruders to gain entry into your home.
#5 Maintenance free
The majority of double glazed windows feature uPVC frames, which are incredibly hard-wearing and durable and also require very little maintenance. They do not rust, rot or fade, meaning they do not need to be treated or painted, and simply wipe clean in the event of them getting dirty.
#6 Reduce condensation
Double glazing can also help to dramatically reduce damp and condensation, a problem which affects many properties with single-glazed windows. This is because the internal panel of a double glazed unit is at a temperature much closer to that of the room, reducing the effect of the air inside your home reaching its dew point and depositing water on the coldest object which, in single glazed units, is usually the window pane.
#7 Huge variety of styles and designs
Double glazed windows are offered in an impressive selection of styles, finishes and designs, meaning whatever your individual requirements there is sure to be a double glazed unit perfectly suited to you and your tastes and guaranteed to complement your home and its surroundings. Most manufacturers will offer a range of options, such as the specialists at WindowWorx, who can advise you on the most appropriate choice for your specifications and help you decide upon a finish which matches your property.
If you would like more information about the benefits of double glazing and how it works, speak to the experts at WIndowWorx today! They can offer all the specialist advice you need and can even supply and install brand new double glazed windows for you, ensuring your home receives all the benefits mentioned above, as well as a superior standard of workmanship.
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