Double-glazed, also known as insulated glazed, windows use two panes of glass to reduce noise and heat transmission through the surface.
In a standard single-glazed window, heat and noise are easily transmitted through the glass. In summer, sunlight heats up the house and in winter, heat is lost through the glass panes. When this is the case, you pay more for heating and cooling. In terms of noise, single-paned glass offers little muffling.
By double glazing your windows and the glass in doors, the gap between the panes can significantly reduce the transmission of both heat and sound. While in some windows the gas is just air, in more efficient high-quality units gases such as argon fill the gap.
Below we discuss more of the benefits of double-glazed windows.
Double-glazed windows and doors offer more stable interior temperatures. They help keep the heat out during the summer and keep it in during the winter. It’s not really enjoyable to have a heating and cooling unit constantly turning on and off. It’s loud and tends to push out extremely cold or hot air at first. With these windows, the heating system doesn’t need to work as hard or turn on as often.
A Quieter Home
A double-glazed window can cut down on street and aircraft noise. If you live in a busy area or near a highway or airport, this type of window can be a huge benefit to sound reduction. The sounds reduced can include barking dogs, air conditioners, noisy neighbours, traffic noise, and nearby pubs and clubs.
Lower Energy Costs
Double glazing also reduces your heating and cooling costs. Energy bills seem to be consistently going up. Since windows can seriously impact the heating and cooling loads of a house, double-glazed windows make a lot of sense. Improving a window’s thermal performance can not only cut energy costs but greenhouse gas emissions as well.
Increase your home security and prevent burglary with these highly-secure windows. Most home burglars get into houses through windows or doors. Single-glazed windows are relatively easy to break. Double-glazed windows are much more sturdy and harder to break open.
Additionally, modern double-glazed windows and doors use multi-point locking technology and security-enhancing uPVC framing. This can make it much harder for burglars to gain access to your house.
Enhance a Home’s Value
Double-glazed windows are an excellent investment and they can increase the value of a house. These windows also help a home to achieve a higher Energy Star rating. By achieving a higher Energy Star rating, the house itself is deemed more valuable and can sell for more money.
Double-glazed windows used to achieve a higher rating offer an excellent return on investment (ROI) since they work to cut down on energy costs. Their durability and strength can also provide a boost to a home’s value because of the theft deterrence and their ability to withstand storms.
If you’d like to double-glaze your windows and need help, look at Thomson Local for a list of labourers who can help.