Double glazed windows and doors are becoming popular in most parts of the country. That is why you need to replace single glazed windows with double glazing without delay, or better yet, with triple glazing windows. In this issues, however, we will focus on double glazing. There are many benefits of installing double glazing in your home. This article highlights how double glazing works, different types of double glazed frames, what energy rating means, and how much money you can save on energy bills.
Most homeowners said that double glazed helped them reduce their energy bills. More than 44% of the clients who were surveyed felt that double glazed frames kept their homes warmer while 40% confessed to double glazing reducing their bills.
We asked the homeowners to reveal what they thought about the double glazing they purchased. We surveyed more than 2,240 homeowners in August 2016 and asked them what they thought about shifting to double glazed windows and doors.
Double Glazed Frames and Their Advantages
Double glazing has two panes of glass with a layer of air in-between them. On the other hand, single glazed frames have one pane of glass without any air. Here are a few of the numerous benefits of double glazing products:
- It helps keep the noise out – in fact, you will hear less noise from outside with these windows.
- Double glazing frames will retain the warm air inside your house. Your house is efficiently insulated with double glazing. It will help reduce the energy bills.
- Double glazed frames are harder to break. Hence, your home will have a better security with such frames.
- It helps reduce the condensation on the inside the window frames.
How Will Double Glazing Help Save On Your Energy Bills?
While more than 60% of customers who were surveyed said that their houses were warmer during the winter season, 36% of them confirmed that double glazing reduced the energy bills in the long run. If you live in a 3-bedroom house and replace all the single glazed frames with double glazing, you will save £75 to £100 within a year – by using a B-rated glass. On the other hand, you can increase this saving to £85-£110 per annum by using an A-rated glass. In fact, double glazing doors/windows will last for at least 20 years with the right type of care. That way you can save £1,500 to £2,200 over the 20-year period.
Different Types of Double Glazed Frames
Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride or uPVC is a popular double glazed window frame out there. It is 3 times cheaper than traditional wooden frames. uPVC is also energy-efficient, recyclable, and durable. These doors come in different colours, styles, and finishes such as wood. This frame requires only a soft cloth and a little washing liquid to clean it.
Aluminium or wood frames are the alternatives to uPVC. In fact, timber is an eco-friendly and renewable option compared to uPVC. Many homeowners have said that wooden frames are aesthetically appealing compared to uPVC frames. Even though timber frames need more maintenance and are expensive, they could last a long time with the right maintenance.
WER Or Window Energy Rating System
Window rating systems are much similar to appliance rating practices. In fact, the best energy saving windows are rated between A+ for the best frames and G for the worst. All windows should have at least a C-rating as per the building regulations. Each reputable double glazing manufacturer has their own rating systems such as A++.
In fact, when you invest in B-rated frames instead of C-rated or A-rated frames instead of B-rated, you can save 6.5% on energy bills. Hence, you should think about it before choosing the best double glazing products on the market.