The creation of a double-glazed window involves two panes of glass spaced apart, with a gas layer filling that space. Although it sounds simple, this mechanism can provide an abundance of value to the comfort of your home.
1. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Double-Glazed Windows
A common misconception is that double-glazed windows are a great insulator, and therefore will trap heat and keep your home warm all year. This is not completely true. Double-glazed windows are a good insulator. However, the purpose of those two glass panes and the gas between them is to ensure that the temperature outside and the temperature inside never meet.
Hence on a hot summer day when your air conditioning is on, these types of windows will ensure that the cold air stays in and the heat stays outdoors. Conversely, on the coldest day in winter, a double-glazed window will guarantee that cold air can’t seep in, and warm air won’t escape.
As a result, you’ll be able to rely less on your heating and cooling systems because your home is able to better moderate the temperature. In light of rising energy costs and climate change, the flexibility to regulate the temperature using as little energy and money as possible is a much sought-after necessity.
2. Double-Glazed Windows Reduce Noise
Surrounded by different modes of transportation, neighbours, pets, technology, etc., it’s fair to say that our world is a loud one. Sometimes, too much sound can adversely affect our comfort and health. If noise pollution is a growing concern for you, you may want to consider double-glazed windows as a solution.
Though not soundproof, double-glazed windows are able to confine most sound waves to either side of the glass. Similar to heat in the first point, whether the source of the noise is outside or inside, double-glazing will ensure that most of the sound will stay on the side it originated. While it won’t act as a mute button, it will significantly reduce the volume.
3. Double Glazing Reduces Condensation
Activities such as breathing, cooking and bathing fill our homes with water vapour. When this makes contact with a cool surface, such as a window, it becomes liquid in a process known as condensation. Condensation may seem harmless, or at worst a minor nuisance due to small pools of water. Left unchecked, these small pools can cause wooden window fixtures to rot or develop black mould.
We established how double-glazing stabilises your home’s temperature, and this effect can be felt on the windows. Resting at room temperature, instead of rising and falling due to the weather outside, the interior window is less likely to become a cool surface for liquid water to form.
4. Secure Your Home with Double-Glazed Windows
Windows are primarily meant to let in good things, such as sunlight and a light breeze, and keep bad things out, such as inclement weather and burglars. When it comes to burglars and the security of your home, there’s no better choice than double-glazed windows.
While not promising to be indestructible, double-glazed windows have the advantage of being more difficult to shatter than their single-glazed counterparts. Additionally, because there are two panes of glass, a burglar may succeed in cracking the outer pane, but the inner pane causes an extra layer of protection and the homeowner is likely to be alerted by the noise. The increased sealing around the window that helped with insulation also serves to make these windows hard to force open.
The best part about using double-glazed windows as a security measure is that they’re adaptable. Therefore, if you’re interested in increasing your home’s security without losing the other benefits of double-glazing, these windows can be fitted with stronger glass, durable frames, and advanced locks.
5. Double-Glazed Windows Preserve Interior Decoration
Often, when we speak about ultraviolet or UV rays, it’s in the context of the depleting ozone layer or skincare. However, your skin isn’t the only thing suffering from the effects of increased UV exposure. Furniture, wall coverings, décor and possibly flooring are slowly losing their vibrant colours following each episode of UV exposure from the sun. Nothing is more frustrating than investing time and money in interior decorations, only to have them fade within the course of a few months to a year.
Opting for double-glazed windows combats these effects by limiting the amount of UV radiation entering the room. Now you can enjoy the sunniest days they year has to offer, without sacrificing your handiwork.
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