Double glazing can be defined as using two glass panes separated by gas or a vacuum to reduce heat transfer, thus facilitating reduced heat loss from buildings. The gas used (argon) or vacuum created in between the glass panes improves the pane’s thermal and sound insulation, which makes your home even more comfortable and quieter. Many people therefore use double glazed windows and doors in their homes to make it more energy efficient (in both winter and summer), and comfortable as well. Other added benefits that come with insulated glazing include:
1. Temperature Control
Double glazing enhances a window/door’s thermal effect remarkably, with experts estimating reduced heat loss by approximately 65%. By reducing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer, you can enjoy constant room temperature without having to turn up the AC or room heaters. This also means that you can enjoy cooler summers and warmer winters without spending much on energy bills.
2. Quieter Home
If you live with noisy neighbors (blaring music) or a noisy neighborhood (near an airport) for that matter, you can then take advantage of double glazing doors and windows for a quieter home. The vacuum gap or inert gas between the double or triple window panes reduce noise pollution by absorbing some of it and repelling the rest. Experts, however, recommend investing in a window system with a larger air cavity especially if one lives in an extremely noisy neighborhood.
3. Enhanced Security
Double glazed windows and doors are considerably much tougher and harder to break than a single glass pane. Another reason for this is the fact that, insulated glazing units use toughened glass for improved performance and toughness. Having these windows installed in your home, therefore, helps prevent smash-and-grab incidences and forced entry. Even if the burglar was to break the glass, the supporting shards remain intact thus making it harder for him/her to break in.
4. Boosts Resale Value
The returns on investment in using double glazed windows and doors are astonishingly high. With your home much quieter, more energy efficient, and even more secure, its resale value improves remarkably. Whether renovating your home or just need new windows installed, you could increase the benefits and your home’s value by investing in insulated glazing. Meeting the minimum Energy Star Rating within the state will also be very easy should you use these windows.
5. Reduces Condensation
Condensation poses a major risk in your home, windows, and door frames. In high moisture areas, increased condensation leads to the moisture/water trickling down the glass into the frame, which again damages its structure, especially for iron and wooden frames. In addition to this, the increased moisture levels provide an ample breeding ground for mold and other types of fungi. Fungi and mold pose a major health risk to everyone living in the house, including your pets. Nonetheless, investing in insulated glazing can help prevent all these issues thus making your home safer.
Although a little more expensive than single paned windows, double glazed windows and doors will not only make your home comfortable and safe but also helps protect your most valuable investment – the house.