If you are on the market for new windows or upgrading your old windows chances are you will hear the words “double glazing”. When a person first hears the term “double glazing” they may attempt to interpret this as something different than what it actually means.
The phrase double glaze simply refers to two panes of glass with a very small space in between them. The space tightly sealed to ensure no moisture or air movement can get between the two panes.
Double glazing is when two panes of windows are brought together in a unit and then sealed through a special process. The space between the two panes of windows is very small and traps still air which creates insulation for the windows.
Glass known as a good heat conductor often attracts the heat within a room and transfers it through the glass. Which is a good thing for warmer weather but in weather much colder this could lead to a lot of heat loss. However, with a double-glazed window heat get attract the window but will not transfer out of it. Because of the layer of protection added by the space of air in-between the two window panes. This is also beneficial in holding colder air in rooms that have air conditioning. Double glazing isn’t only beneficial for cold weather!
Why Double Glazing Worth the Extra Cost
Double-glazed windows may end up exceeding your initial intended window budget. But the extra cost of double-glazed windows is well worth it. Houses which have double-glazed windows installed are 50% more energy efficient than homes with single-pane windows. The home will create less draft and stay at a much more comfortable temperature with minimal fluctuation. Other added benefits include noise reduction as well as UV and fading reduction. Homeowners who switched to double-glazed windows often notice a huge difference in their electricity. Or gas bills almost immediately as it takes much less energy to heat your home in winter. Or cool your home in summer.
Although it entirely up to the buyer on what type of windows they go with. It now highly recommended for homeowners to upgrade their houses to more energy efficient.
There are now great products on the market such as Thermawood which means you no longer have to replace the frames. This system enables you to now fit your existing windows with retrofit double glazing which is great to ensure you don’t compromise the appearance or the character of the home.