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08 September 2017
When it comes to improving the energy efficiency of your home, working out the best methods to keep your windows as well insulated as possible can be a puzzling task. So to demystify draught proofing from double glazing, SD Hardware have put together a guide to work out exactly what you need to do to keep your home at the right temperature depending on the season.
What Are The Benefits Of Draught Proofing?
Probably the quickest, easiest, and most cost-effective way of saving energy in your home, the purpose of draught proofing is to reduce the facility for cold air to enter, by sealing gaps between the windows and frame - enhancing insulation so you don't waste heat during the winter and helping to save on your energy bills.
When draught proofing your home, you should look to block any gaps that have the potential to let cold air in - you'll also prevent your windows from rattling in the wind as well as protecting against dirt, dust and keeping out other allergenic substances such as pollen. Keep a look out for areas around pipes, electrical fittings, floorboards, joints between windows, walls and ceilings that are most prone to draught.
It is crucial however, that you allow some ventilation, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens that are particularly susceptible to damp. Installing extractor fans, trickle and floor vents will keep your home free from a build up of moisture that can lead to mold gathering on walls and affect the quality of living in your home.
Check out our draught seal section here for thermal efficiency solutions that will save you money in the long run:
What Are The Benefits Of Double Glazing?
If your windows are currently single glazed, you may want to consider the benefits of investing in some high quality timber framed double glaze windows. Not only do they add value to your property but you'll likely save hundreds of pounds a year by installing them and find that your home is more desirable to potential buyers if you come to sell it.
Double glazing works by reducing heat loss - because glass is a good conductor of heat, a lot will simply escape through your windows. Therefore, by adding an inside and outside layer of glass and a gap of air between two separate panes, much less heat is lost because the layer of air is a poor conductor of heat, slowing down and trapping the warm air in your home and preventing it from escaping. Condensation, and cold draughts are drastically diminished from your window areas as a result.
When having your new double glazing installed, a professional window company will draught proof your windows for you - so you can expect all the advantages of home energy saving along with high quality, efficient windows that provide your home with economic heat retention for years to come.
Along with soundproofing, double glazed windows can also make your home slightly more private due to the double reflection you get from both panes of glass, making it more difficult for passers-by to see in.
Looking for glazing solutions? To make sure your windows are the best they can be, you can see our complete range of glazing accessories here: