Is Ineffective Glazing Costing you Money?September 3, 2013
The humidity levels in your home can be a year-round problem. If you have old single glazed or double glazed windows, they may be costing you more money in heating and cooling as well as causing condensation. Here are a few tell-tale signs that will help you decide whether it is time to change your old window glazing.
• Condensation building up between window panes
• Excessive noise from outside
• Windows not opening or closing properly
• Difficulty in cleaning window glass
• Signs of rot on the edges of windows
• Old seals are coming apart
• Visible cracks appearing around the panes
When you notice moisture on the inside of the window, this may be an indication of leakage where the condensation is occurring. Inadequate heating or ventilation will result in damp occurring. This is either due to a broken seal or leakage. To prevent air leaks, try caulking your old glazed windows in order to save money. However, if the seals are broken, you should replace the entire unit.
If your property lacks ventilation, look for replacement windows that have vents built into the frames in order to reduce condensation. If there is moisture on the inner part of the single pane window, consider installing energy-efficient windows to help slow down the heat loss from your home.
The thought of replacing your old double glazed windows may be daunting, but don’t get discouraged by this as advanced planning is an effective way to ensure you end up with the most suitable windows for your home.
There are many reasons, such as maintenance, energy efficiency, deterioration and the appearance of old windows that trigger people to replace them. Once you find out about different window materials that are available, you can then narrow down your search and reach a decision.
Reputable window manufacturers display the energy efficiency of their products by using energy rating scheme from A to G. This is an assessment of the product’s efficiency at retaining heat.
Once you have determined your budget, you can start choosing the style and the materials. Think about which rooms require window replacement and keep in mind the amount of maintenance that is required. Energy-efficient windows with quality frames are less likely to create condensation due to their warmer interior surfaces.
Improved daylight is another attribute of a new window. Allowing adequate light into the house is extremely important and can actually enhance your property’s value. This can only be achieved when you opt for energy-efficient windows.
When you replace your old windows, you will significantly reduce the ultraviolet radiation in your home. The special coating on the glass of the energy-efficient window can decrease the UV rays by up to 80 per cent.
Finally, if you are deciding between single or double glazed windows, remember that the sound absorption is better with greater number of panes. The insulation that is incorporated into energy-efficient windows means you will experience less noise transmission, as well as the heat insulation benefits.
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