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Benefits of Double and Triple Glazed UPVC Windows

With many companies becoming more energy efficient, and cutting their overheads, the same can now be said of many homeowners. As many home owners are now ‘tightening up their belts’, and are not prepared to spend more and more on gas and electricity bills, further measures are being taken to insulate homes in order to make them more energy efficient. Loft and basement insulation methods are often used to contribute to this goal, as well as installing Double and Triple Glazing uPVC windows, which will also help to keep warm air inside the room, and prevent it from escaping into the cold of the winter, with the opposite effect in the summer. Double & triple glazing uPVC windows use advanced technology that is proven to keep your house well insulated, while significantly reducing energy waste and lowering your monthly bills.

Why Should Windows be Insulated?

It is a known fact that your home looses heat through your windows; in total as much as 25% of heat can be lost through your windows and doors. A home that has poor window insulation may experience such issues as cold spots, drafts, temperatures that are too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, increased noise levels from the outside, and an overall lack of comfort. In addition to all these undesirable factors, you end up paying a lot more money throughout the year for your heating and cooling costs. Until you weatherproof your windows, you may not see major improvements in your energy consumption patterns or reductions to your high energy bills.

Advanced Double and Triple Glazing Technology

Any replacement window’s level of insulation is made up of the combination of the frame insulation, as well as the glass (sealed unit) insulation. Window glazing technologies have been revolutionized to provide advanced energy efficiency. Double Glazed UPVC windows utilize a glazing process in which a window is formed by two panes of glass with a space between the panes. This space is typically several millimeters thick. Triple Glazed UPVS Windows are a step up in insulation protection, with three panes of glass and two air spaces. The air gaps in both double and triple glazed windows provide the insulating layers that help slow down the heat loss and reduce the chances of condensation forming.

By installing Double or Triple Glazed UPVC windows you will quickly notice a major difference in your home, and you will also be able to enjoy the following benefits:

Energy Cost Savings

During the heating season, especially if you live in a very cold climate, energy efficient windows will reduce heat loss and air leakage, provide warmer window surfaces and reduce condensation. Depending on the type of Double or Triple Glazed uPVC windows you install, you will see savings of 11 to 24% during the heating season.

Similarly, during the cooling season, when it is hot outside, energy efficient windows will help significantly reduce undesirable solar heat gain and improve comfort, while providing a clear view and daylight. During the cooling season you will see savings of 7 to 30% depending on the exact specifications of your Double or Triple Glazed windows.

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REDUCE PEAK HEATING AND COOLING LOADS

One of the biggest benefits of high-performance windows is that they help reduce peak heating and cooling loads. The peak load for a house is the maximum requirement for heating or cooling at one time. This load determines the size of the heat pump, furnace and air conditioning systems that need be installed. By reducing the peak load with the help of energy efficient windows, you can realize significant savings by installing smaller, less costly heating and cooling systems.

IMPROVE COMFORT

Double and Triple Glazed UPVC windows will make a noticeable difference in the overall comfort on your home. Old, inefficient windows tend to have cold glass, which further contributes to heat loss and creates an air movement pattern that feels drafty. On the other hand, Double and Triple Glazed windows will provide much higher interior window temperatures, which will reduce air leakage, frost and condensation, making the home feel nice and cozy.

How to Reduce Your Energy Costs with PVC Replacement Windows

Deciding to replace your current windows shouldn’t just be left to chance. You can improve the overall appearance of your home, and reduce your energy costs quite dramatically by installing right replacement windows.

These days everyone is working hard to reduce their energy costs; Homeowners buy appliances that have excellent Energy star ratings, they make sure their homes are well insulated for winter, and that their windows and doors don’t leak, letting precious warm air escape on cold winter nights.

Materials

When looking at replacement windows to reduce your energy costs it’s very important that you choose the right materials to ensure the highest level of insulation. Consider Vinyl windows as an energy-efficient and cost efficient window replacement option. Vinyl is a form of plastic better known as PVC; it is very well insulated and is completely maintenance free.

Unlike many of the other window materials, vinyl doesn’t chip or peel; it can withstand any weather and is fully insulated. Being able to get a properly fitter and well-insulated windows can help to reduce your energy costs dramatically.

Glazing

The next thing to consider is glazing; you will probably be given the choice of two, double or triple glazing. Double glazing is two panes of glass filled with gas, these are normally adequate for most climates. Triple glazing is taking it one step further and is three panes of glass filled with inert gas.

For highly efficient ratings the triple glazing is the best choice, especially if you live in a very cold climate. this type of glazing is used widely in Scandinavia, which experiences freezing winters.

Overall Energy Efficiency

When looking at vinyl windows you will be advised of two factors, the U and R factors. These probably mean absolutely nothing to you, but the U factor is the energy efficiency while the R factor is the insulation factor. Windows are not considered energy efficient unless they have a U factor of less than 0.35. Now you will be amazed to find that you can find triple glazing windows at a factor of 0.8, proving they are highly energy efficient.

Why you should never buy Double Glazing from door-to-door Salespeople!

As the industry with probably the worst reputation for cold-calling to tout for business, reputable industry leaders and professionals are being stung by cowboys damaging the morality and practices of the glazing industry that have taken years to build. While most of us are deterred by the dodgy glazing sales tactics, there are still some unsuspecting property owners who fall prey to manipulative tactics of dishonest salespeople. Many ripped off consumers not only overpay, but also experience terrible window installations.

Guaranteeing a quality UPVC Glazing service and installation?

Although there may be a small handful of reputable companies utilising door to door sales agents, the real glazing professionals don’t have or need teams of door to door salespeople to promote their business.

Why businesses need quality glazing!

Using a glazing professional with years of experience does not have to be costly. All aspects, by ‘Crossing every t’ and ‘dotting every I’ need to be done in advance of choosing a glazing provider to ensure that businesses not only look good, but also insulate properly throughout the year. With areas such as Milton Keynes (a hub for shoppers from far and wide) continually developing with more and more stores being constructed; it is imperative that any business setting up does not become entangled in signing off any complicated contracts with glazing companies hard selling a service that cannot be met. All Regions can provide a free quote on installing a range of panes, including triple glazing or toughened glass for businesses. Having successfully installed double glazing and toughened glass in Milton Keynes, and further afield, a large range of businesses are now benefiting from not only increased security, but added insulation for their customers and employees. Long term, any initial outlay on professional window installation can be recouped through savings on needless heating and energy wastage.