Modern homes today have double glazed windows. Older homes that are single paned have their owners contacting glaziers to refit their windows with double glazed panes. What is double glazing?|
In a nutshell, a pane is the window glass fitted into a window frame. Glazing is a process of fitting a window with panes. Double glazing is fitting a window frame with two panes and not one. The two panes are fitted into a single window frame so that there is a space of a few millimetres in between the two glass panes. There is a pocket of air trapped between the glass panes and this trapped air is a form of insulation for the whole window. The trapped air is either krypton. The double glazing should be sealed tight and free from any condensation that is why a drying agent is used to ensure that no moisture is present in between panes. If there is moisture in between the two panes, then they have to be taken out and refitted.
Most homes in the UK have double glazed windows. Some panes are coloured, bevelled, transparent, translucent, and opaque or a combination thereof. There are studies that show that heat loss from window is as much as 50 to 60%. The cost to double glaze your home is quite expensive but the investment will pay off in no time at all because of the money that you could save from lower heating and cooling costs. Double glazing your home will not only make your home air tight from reduction of heat loss but it will also act as insulation against condensation and outside noise.
Here are some benefits of double-glazing your home.
Offer insulation for the whole house.
Save on electricity
Help in isolating carbon emission which makes it environment-friendly
Reduction of outside noise
Tightens security as it would be quite hard to take the panes out to gain access to the house.
Adds monetary and aesthetic values to the house.
Double glazing should be done by a qualified glazer. This holds true for older homes that have single pane windows. The problem with this scenario is that older window frames are not designed to hold two panes. However, improvisation could be done by using thinner panes or adding another groove to the window frame. You also have the option to just opt to buy new windows already fitted with double panes.
Always look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo when buying new windows. Windows bearing the logo has been assessed, approved and rated by the British Fenestration Ratings Council from A to G with A as the top grade for the most environmental friendly material. Look for the label that shows the A-G rating, the window U value and the energy rating. Some brands might also display its rating on solar heat gain and effective heat loss. Choose windows that are approved by the BFRC to ensure energy efficient and cost effective double pane windows.
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Article Added on Thursday, September 15, 2011
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