Double glazing – we have all heard of it and may even know some people who have opted for it, but what can it really do for us? The answer to this is especially important to those who are running their own business, who have a commercial or business property, and who would like to make the most of their property or location and save money at the same time.
First of all, it’s important to remember that whatever type of window you choose, you will inevitably lose some heat through it. But the good news is that there are ways in which to make your windows more energy efficient so that you and your staff and customers can be more comfortable – and you can reduce your energy bills as well. Double glazing is a popular way to make your windows more energy efficient – in fact, the British Fenestration Council has shown that an average-sized, semi-detached building can have an 18% reduction in energy usage simply by switching to windows which are double glazed. Following are a few advantages of double glazing that you may not be completely aware of:
Savings on energy
If you currently have single glazed windows in your business or commercial establishment and then replace them with double glazed windows, your yearly savings on your energy bill alone could amount to as much as £170. And in addition, windows which are double glazed have a lifespan of about twenty years, so in this period you could be looking at savings of as much as £3,400.
If your windows have a good rating (A, B or C is ideal) with the BFRC or British Fenestration Rating Council, then this means that they will have a better retention of heat and can also keep out the elements and eliminate condensation. Additionally, windows which have a high rating may also be better at insulating your building or property from outside noise.
Better retention of heat
As mentioned, with double glazed windows, you can expect better heat retention. More specifically, according to the pros at Allstate Roofing, “regular clear glass has an emissivity of about 0.84, which means that it emits 84 percent of the energy hitting it and reflects only 16 percent. Glass with a very Low E of 0.04 emits only 4 percent of the energy while reflecting 96 percent.” Trapping more heat in your building with low-emissivity windows results in a more comfortable temperature for your entire business premises, and it will reduce cold draughts as well. But keep in mind that it is not only the window’s glass that will contribute to the better retention of heat – the window’s casing or frame plays an important role as well, so in order for you to make the best decision, it would be a good idea to speak with window specialists such as The Window Store to know exactly what type of material is best for your needs (you can also find out more about the company’s products and services at http://windowstoreplastics.co.uk).
Better noise insulation
If your business is located in an area where there is plenty of noise (for instance, a major thoroughfare or a high street), then you can definitely benefit from double glazing for your windows. The right combination of materials and the double glazing will prevent outside noise from penetrating the interior of your property, resulting in a more comfortable, relaxing environment.
Your choice in materials
When it comes to the right frame for your double glazed windows, uPVC and composite frames are a good choice, not only because they are affordable and energy efficient, but also because they can be designed to look like the more attractive wooden window frames that we all love. And if you are concerned with cleaning and maintenance, uPVC and composite frames are quite easy to maintain, do not need to be repainted, and have a long lifespan as well.
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