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Benefits of double glazing
As well as giving you a warmer home in the winter months, double glazing has many benefits over single glazing; your property is better insulated, there are fewer draughts and cheaper heating bills and using less fuel means you reduce your carbon footprint.
Double glazing keeps the noise out and reduces the amount of condensation on the inside of your windows. Also, double glazed glass is more difficult to break than single glazing so increases the security in your home.
When the sun shines, windows will absorb heat. The energy rating of windows, from A to G, reflect this absorption of heat. The top rating is given to windows that absorb as much heat as they lose, and this includes both double and triple glazed windows.
The most energy efficient windows are those of an A+ rating, which allow more energy into a property than they lose, which is known as solar gain. The Energy Saving Trust says that if you replaced the windows of a 3-bedroomed semi-detached house with A-rated glass, you’d save up to £110 per year.
Significant improvements to the manufacturing process of double glazing have led to a much better-quality product than the former days of double glazing. Double glazed windows now have wider cavities between the two glass panes, low-emission coatings added to the glass to retain heat; the cavity is filled with argon, and the aluminium spacers surrounding the glazed units have been replaced. This all results in much-improved insulation.
Benefits of triple glazing
Are there grants available to help with double glazing costs?
Until July 2015, homeowners were eligible to apply for a government grant called The Green Deal. This funding allowed homeowners to cover the cost of installation of energy efficiency measures such as double glazing. Unfortunately, The Green Deal grant scheme ended after poor take-up due to high-interest rates and contract issues. As yet, nothing has replaced The Green Deal.
However, many window companies now offer some very competitive finance options, such as interest-free repayment plans, which means that you can replace your windows with double or triple glazing and take advantage of a warmer home, reduced heating bills and more security for much less.
The savings you make on your energy bills will, in time, recoup the initial outlay for the windows, making them a worthwhile investment that pays for itself.
If you’re considering replacing your windows with double or triple glazing you could save hundreds by comparing the prices of trusted local double glazing companies. Simply complete the form to begin the process, and we’ll find the best deal for you by comparing the prices of the best window providers in the UK.