Benefits of Energy Efficient Double Glazing
If you want an energy efficient home then one of the best ways to achieve this is with double glazing and insulation. Double glazing simply adds a second layer of heat-loss protection to your windows. Since around half of all the heat lost from your home is lost through the windows, walls and loft, this can make a huge difference to your home’s efficiency.
Single glazed windows are responsible for wasting around 20% of the heat in your home. Replacement windows greatly reduce this, making a good investment for your home and the environment. Double glazing can save 680kg of CO2 every year, not to mention shaving £80-£100 off your energy bills, and adding real value to your home if you later decide to sell.
How Does Double Glazing Work?
Double glazing traps a layer of air between the two panes of glass. This works as an insulating barrier, stopping condensation from building in your windows, preventing noise from getting in, and stopping heat being lost.
To make sure you’re getting the most efficient frames and glass, look for energy saving recommended double glazing, such as that provided by Stonehouse Corinium based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. This is especially important when you consider Energy Performance Certificates that are now a part of Home Information Packs when you sell your property.
Top Double Glazing Tips
Remember that replacement windows can change the way your home looks on the outside, so it’s important to choose them carefully – especially if you have an older property. For an idea, try visiting similar style properties that may have had double glazing installed to see what you think about the way it looks.
You can generally choose uPVC, timber or aluminium frames for your windows. Think carefully about which will complement the style of your home, and check whether you need to get planning permission before work begins. Your local council can provide more information regarding regulations for listed buildings.
Make sure that you only use experienced tradesmen to install your replacement windows – this isn’t a job you should do yourself. Stonehouse Corinium can help you understand how the windows will look once the work’s complete.
How Much Will It Cost?
The cost of installing replacement windows generally depends on how big your house is, and how many windows you want to change to double glazing. It will cost several thousands of pounds, but just get in touch with Stonehouse Corinium to discuss your specific needs.
If you’ve got a tight budget, then you can double glaze a few individual rooms within the property, instead of the whole home. Think about the rooms you use the most and need to keep warm. There may also be grants that can help pay towards the costs of installing double glazing. Try contacting your local energy efficiency advice centre, using the number 0800 512 012, to talk about any initiatives in the local area.