Benefits of double glazing to save energy

 

It is only in the past 30 years that is has become common place for new homes to be fitted with double glazing and therefore there are still quite a lot of homes out there that have single glazed windows and therefore are losing a great deal of heat unnecessarily.

Some of these homes have very poorly constructed windows and doors and are losing a vast amount of heat that is costing the occupants of those homes a great deal of money. It is for this reason that older homes in particular can hugely feel the difference from upgrading from single glazed to double glazed windows, or even triple glazed windows where budgets allow.

As a result of having new windows occupants of an older home will feel the difference in the warmth of their home and in the reduction of their energy bills. This is surely the ultimate reason to consider having double glazing fitted if only for the noticeable difference in heat in your home. You will need to heat your home less and it will stay warmer for longer which has to be a real benefit doesnt it?!

While having double glazing fitted may seem like a huge cost, and it can be depending on the amount of windows and doors needed, do not let this put you off as the benefits vastly outweigh the initial outlay. Having double glazing fitted can significantly increase the value of your home as well as lowering the length of time you need your heating on for and the amount of energy that is lost from your home.

As windows and doors are the most common source of heat loss in the home it is instantly obvious why double glazing is a really sound choice and a fantastic investment for your home and the well being of your family, not to mention your property portfolio. Double glazing works by having two panes of glass that are sealed well to give an airtight fit. The two layers of glass will be set apart and encase air which acts as a vacuum. This vacuum works to keep the warm air inside your home and the cooler outside air outside which is obviously where you want it to be!

As single glazing is just one pane of glass this does act like a barrier but you can lose around 20%-30% of your homes heat when compared against the barrier that double glazing offers. Other benefits of having double glazing is that it can severely improve the look of your home and because you will be using less energy to heat your home you will also be able to reduce your carbon footprint in the process. You should always be able to find a style of window to suit your home and there are so many available now. You can also have matching front & back doors fitted to round off the look of your stylish home easily.

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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