After enduring one of the coldest and windiest winters I can ever remember, I vowed that I would never again live in a house with single glazed windows. The windows were old leaded windows too, that looked really nice, and like a christmas card when the snow fell, but they were so cold.
I asked for advice from a family friend who owns his own double glazing business, and he came to our rescue, with new windows and composite doors for the whole house, a hefty discount, and some interest free credit. Thanks Tommy!
I can’t guarantee that you will find such a friend in need, but I absolutely recommend changing out your old draughty windows at the earliest opportunity, and if you don’t have the money, many double glazing companies can arrange finance. The money you save on heating will help you to make the payments I am sure.
For those who don’t know, here is an explanation as to what double glazing is and how it works to help keep you warm in winter, cool in summer, and reduce your heating costs.
Double Glazed Windows
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.
Draught-proof your home using Double Glazed Windows
Draught 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 ventilations and draughts 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 draught 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.
Double glazed windows help with draughts because they are made to measure, fitting the brickwork frame perfectly, and are then sealed to stop draughts completely.
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 and ceiling 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 a sash uPVC window costs around £700 while for a wooden frame the cost is around £1,100, but my recommendation is to shop around, and try the smaller businesses such as my friend Tommy’s, because they don’t spend lots of cash on advertising and sales staff, so that saving is passed on to you.
The video below is from a large window company, but it helps to explain how new windows can keep out the cold and draughts.