When the temperatures are tumbling towards freezing and there is ice, frost and snow gathering outside, you will want your home to be nice and warm to make for the perfect abode.
Double glazing is a great solution for insulting the rooms in your house — stopping the heat from escaping and keeping you toasty in the process.
This guide looks to answer a few important questions regarding double glazing.
How much money can double glazing save you?
Fitting double glazing around a property currently made up entirely of single glazed windows could save you anywhere from £40 to £175 a year.
This cost-saving is dependent on your type of house — a flat will have different savings to a semi-detached house, for example — and its energy rating.
The Energy Saving Trust has set out an easy-to-read table to help you pinpoint your potential savings quickly. Click this link to take a look at it now.
What are the practical benefits?
It is not just your bank balance that will feel the benefit of installing double glazing around your property. The more practical advantages include:
They enhance a home’s heat retention — the glass and casing used for double glazing ensures less heat will be allowed to leave your property when compared to single glazing units. Draughts are reduced too.
You can shrink your carbon footprint — as your home will feel warmer, you should naturally use less fuel. This means that your property will be generating a lot less carbon dioxide.
They achieve reduced condensation — the design of double glazing is done in a way to reduce the amount of condensation that builds up on the inside of windows.
You can enjoy a quieter home — by using two sheets of glass instead of the solitary sheet seen in single glazing units, double glazing reduces the amount of noise you hear outside when in the home.
How easy is double glazing to install?
Obviously, one way to fit double glazing into your home is to call the professionals and hire them to do the entire work.
If you want a quick solution that you can manage, check out the Magnetglaze double-glazing kits available at The Plastic People.
Watch this video and you will see that other than the kit itself, you only need a pair of scissors and a tape measure to start feeling the benefits of double glazing in your property.
I can’t fit double glazing in my property, what is the alternative?
If you live in a listed building, unfortunately you will not be able to fit double glazing around your property. However, there is another solution available — secondary glazing.
This alternative works by enabling you to install a second layer of glass inside the windows already set up around your home. Once fitted, you are bound to see your heating bills fall.