Being more environmentally conscious is beneficial to the world itself, and on a smaller scale – your wallet! If you are using energy efficiently and to its full potential, not only are you being kinder to the earth, you are reducing costs around your house too. You may find that you don’t need to switch on your lights as much because light will be coming in from natural sources instead. We can all make positive changes to our windows that will benefit the environment, and in this article we will be looking at the environmental benefits of double glazing.
Heat Loss is Reduced
Naturally, your home will be losing heat through windows and doors, as well as through cracks and other openings. Having double glazing installed, however, reduces the amount of heat lost.
The reason for this is because double glazing has two layers of insulated glass with gas trapped between them. This acts as a shield against cold weather – keeping you warmer inside – and you will be less likely to crank up your heating so much. Your energy bills will be reduced as a result and you will be doing your bit to help the planet.
Draughts are Reduced
Another advantage of double glazing windows is that they reduce draughts. A well-fitted set will do a great job of keeping out those annoying draughts, helping to keep your house warm and comfortable.
They Improve Ventilation
As we said earlier, double-glazed windows help to keep the cold out, but it also works the other way round too. You can use double glazing in your home to increase ventilation during the hot days of summer. One thing you can do is install tilt and turn windows to encourage fresh air to circulate into your room, eliminating the need for cool air fans or air conditioning units – once again helping to save money.
Double-glazed windows reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 680kg per year, which really highlights the difference they can make.
We have focused on double glazing benefits in terms of how they can help us to use less energy, but they have other selling points too. For example, you will find that they help to reduce the build up of condensation – something you can expect a lot of with typical British weather.
If we look at them from a style point of view, they can really add a lovely look to your home. You have a vast assortment of finishes to choose from including uPVC, oak veneer and the classic mahogany style. Having double-glazed windows is seen as a real asset, so by having some installed you could increase the value of your house, which is great – especially if you are looking to sell at some point.
So there we have it, if you are keen to do your bit to help the environment, installing double-glazed windows is a step in the right direction. And at the same time as helping the planet, you’ll be saving money and improving the look of your home.