Double glazed windows make use of two glass sheets between them that serves as an insulating barrier. In double glazed panes, the space between the panes is filled with either vacuum or a heavy inert gas such as Xenon, Argon, and Krypton. Vacuum is rarely used nowadays since the efficiency diminishes as the vacuum diminishes. These energy efficient double glazed windows come in a variety of frame materials and different styles.
Drought-proof your home using Double Glazed Windows
Drought proofing is one of the most efficient ways to save energy and also one of the cheapest ways to save money in any particular building. Both ventilation and droughts provide fresh air to your home. Good ventilation reduces dampness and condensation.
Draughts when uncontrolled let too much cold and also waste a considerable amount of heat. To drought proof your house,it’s advisable that one blocks all unwanted gaps in the house that let out warm air and let in cold air. When these gaps are blocked, warm air does not escape from the house and translates to less energy to be used to heat your home, and this means that you get to save money and at the same time make your home pleasant and snug.
How much one can save from draught-proofing?
Annually draught proofing around doors and windows could save you approximately £25 to around £50. This is because draught free homes are comfortable even at lower temperatures and this means that you’ll be able to turn down the thermostat.
Where to look for draughts in your home
In your home draughts happen where there are unwanted gaps and in areas where openings are left uncovered. They include; windows, loft hatches, suspended floorboards, doors, pipework leading outside, electrical fittings especially on the ceilings and on walls andceiling to wall joints. Therefore, most of these should be blocked but you should take caution in areas that require good ventilation such as
- Places where there are open flues and open fires
- Rooms that have a lot of moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms.
Benefits of double glazed windows
- Relatively reduced energy bills: double glazing could save up to approximately £135 per year when compared to single glazed windows.
- Small carbon footprint: this arises from reduced use of less fuel which in turn leads to less carbon dioxide generation.
- Reduced condensation and dampness: glazing reduces the condensation that builds up on the inside of the windows.
- Double glazed windows provide a more comfortable home; this is because heat loss is highly reduced and this means that cold spots and draughts are also reduced.
For each home the savings and the cost of double glazing are different and this is dependent on the material and size of the installer. The extent of saving also varies depending on the amount of bill you pay for your heating fuel and saving is also based on a gas heated home.
The cost of double glazing
The cost of double glazing highly depends on the number of windows being replaced and the type of frame one prefers to use and the size of each frame. It’s estimated that the sashuPVC window cost at £700 while for the wooden cost around £1,100