the-importance-of-windows-for-your-homeWhen it comes to keeping heat inside your home, having good windows is the number one key. A well-known fact it is that all houses will lose heat mostly because of inefficient windows insulation that is why is absolutely necessary to invest in highly efficient energy glazing. Having good windows will also reduce your energy bills, as less heat is escaping. Depending on your home, you may want to look into double or triple glazing your windows as well.

Benefits of energy-efficient windows

There are a multitude of benefits to energy-efficient windows, here are just a few of the top ones:

  • Reduced energy bills – replacing single-glazed windows with double or triple glazed windows could save you roughly £170 per year on your energy bills
  • Environmentally friendly – in using less fuel, you will leave less of a carbon footprint on the world
  • Cozier home – energy-efficient windows make it so less heat is escaping through the windows, meaning less draftiness and cold spots
  • Quietness – double or triple glazed windows will insulate your home against outside noises, in addition to keeping the heat in

Because every home is different, your costs and savings will also differ for each window, depending on the size, material, and installer. However, double-glazed windows should last for 20 years or more, so it is a worthwhile investment.

What are double-glazed windows?

double-glazed-windows-pricesDouble-glazed windows have two sheets of glass with a gap in between them, which creates an insulating barrier to keep heat inside. The difference between double and triple-glazed windows is that there are three sheets of glass with triple-glazed, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are better at keeping your home insulated. In order to choose the best windows for your home, it is recommended that you look for BFRC rating and the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo. Energy-efficient windows come in a variety of frame materials and styles, which may make it difficult for you to choose the best one for you.

Shopping for the best windows

Keep in mind several of the tips listed below when you are looking for double-glazed windows, they will help direct you to the best choice for you.

  • Glass – the most energy-efficient window material when it comes to double glazing is glass. Low emissivity glass is the best glass out there, and it will have an unnoticeable coating of metal oxide which lets light and heat in while reducing the amount of heat that gets out
  • In-between  – the most efficient windows may uses such gases as argon, xenon, or krypton in the gap between the glass
  • Pane spacers – pane spaces are placed around the inside edges of the windows to keep the two (or three) panes of glass separated. The most efficient ones will use little or no metal, so keep an eye out

Frame materials

The frame material you go with will depend on your preferences, as all different types will have a high energy rating. Here are several of the most popular materials used:

  • uPVC – these frames can be recycled and last a very long time
  • Wood – wooden frames are better for the environment, but do require some maintenance
  • Aluminum or steel – these frames are sleep and last a long time, and they can also be recycled
  • Composite – these frames have an inner wooden frame that is covered with either aluminum or plastic

Alternatives to double glazing

If you cannot or are not interested in installing double-glazed windows, there are other options. You can either use secondary glazing, or hand heavy curtains, or a combination of the two.

    • Secondary glazing – this is when a secondary pane of glass and frame are fitted inside the existing window. While this will not seal as well as double-glazed windows, it will be cheaper and still save you energy
    • Heavy curtains or shutters – using heavy curtains, blinds, or shutters will help reduce the amount of heat that can get out at night and throughout the day. They will also help cut drafts and keep the heat inside your home

Tips for installing energy-efficient glazed windows

It is best to check with a local outfit before installing double-glazed windows, especially if you fall under one of the following:

  • live in a conservation area
  • have an article 4 directive on your property, which means you do not have the right to develop your area
  • have a listed building

Prices for double glazing windows

Installing double or triple-glazed windows can be tricky, which is why most people hire or enlist the services of a professional.

Double glazing comes in a range of different styles, sizes, shapes and patterns, so to try and summarise costs is tricky. If you aren’t looking for anything too out of the ordinary, however, then this tabulated price guide should be able to help you decide whether or not double glazing is the right investment for you at this moment in time – just make sure you budget carefully before signing with any company or contractor.

Window Size (mm)Cost (£) Per Window
530 x 780£275
550 x 980£300
780 x 1,180£350
940 x 1,600£450
980 x 1,340£450

It should also be noted that these prices don’t include labour charges – so don’t get ahead of yourself and book double glazing installation without asking about exact costs first. To get the best deal you should also try comparing a number of different quotes, from both major companies to local businesses.  Don’t be afraid to ask about things like insurance or guarantees either – just as with any business transaction, you want to be sure you’re getting what you pay for.

References

Double glazing windows advice – http://www.which.co.uk/reviews/double-glazing/article/guides

Energy efficient windows – http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-efficient-windows

Double glazing prices – http://www.mylocalprices.co.uk/cost-guide/double-glazing-prices/

Double glazing costs – http://www.theecoexperts.co.uk/double-glazing-costs

Double glazing sales and quotes –  http://www.which.co.uk/reviews/double-glazing/article/how-to-buy-double-glazing/double-glazing-sales-and-quotes

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