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.

Read more about Benefits & Advantages of Energy Efficient Windows

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.

Bathroom Heaters & Ventilation Guide 2014 – 2015

With the arrival of the ol’ man Winter, I was once again reminded just how important it is to have a warm and cozy bathroom, so you can take a nice hot shower to get yourself ready for the day, or to soak in at night after a long day at work. So, I thought it would be appropriate to resurface and refresh the guide to bathroom heaters to help you find the right product to keep your bathroom warm and properly vented.

Having a warm and comfortable bathroom is incredibly important. Stepping out of a hot bath or shower into freezing air is an unpleasant experience that can be avoided by proper heating of your bathroom. Once you have chosen and installed your heating system, you won’t have to worry about crossing cold floors in the morning, or shivering in the cold as you dry yourself off after your shower. Keeping your bathroom warm can also help to prevent problems with mold and mildew.

It is important to choose your bathroom heater carefully because the bathroom is a unique environment in your home. The most important thing to remember is that your bathroom will need to be able to cope with exposure to a lot of steam and moisture in order to provide a good source of warmth for your bathroom. You may also want to consider what types of heaters will be able to provide the type of warmth that you want. If you suffer from frozen bathroom floors, then you might want to think about under floor heating, for example, while if you are more interested in having a warm towel ready to wrap around yourself when you step out of the bath, you might want to consider buying a heated towel rack.

You should also think about the ventilation in your bathroom before you choose your bathroom heater. Although many bathrooms have excellent ventilation, some may require an additional help. It is possible to find bathroom heaters that have incorporated fans for ventilation, so it will be worthwhile considering these if you have a small, or a poorly ventilated bathroom.

You will need to decide how much heat you need in your bathroom. This will depend largely upon the size of the room. A larger bathroom will need a more powerful heater in order to warm it up. If you have more than one source of heat in your bathroom, for example if you are adding a new bathroom heater to a room that already has central heating, then each heater can be less powerful. If you are only using one source of heat, then it will need to be powerful. A more powerful heater will also be able to attain the desired temperature more quickly. Many people like to keep their bathroom warmer than other parts of their home since they will be undressing in there and they will need to feel warm even after coming out of a hot bath. As a general rule, you should aim to buy a bathroom heater that will provide 10 watts of power for every square foot of your bathroom, although if there is no other source of heating, it is better to aim for about 15 watts per foot square.

The times of day when you require heat in your bathroom will also be important considerations when you are choosing a bathroom heater. You may want to think about how quickly a particular heater will be able to warm up the room. Heaters that are more powerful and heaters which have fans to move the warm air around the room tends to work faster.

You should also think about how the heater can be operated. You might want a heater that can be left on all day if your bathroom needs to be kept warm at all times. Alternatively, you may want a heater that can just be turned on when it is needed. You should also think about buying a bathroom heater that has a timer feature, so you can set it to come on automatically, for example in order to ensure that the bathroom will be pleasantly warm by the time you get up in the morning.

Some simple bathroom heaters can only be turned on and off, while others have multiple heat settings, and some are controlled very precisely by thermostats. You will need to pay more for a thermostat controlled heater, but it can be a good choice if you want to keep your bathroom at a steady temperature over an extended period.

Once you have spent some time thinking about your heating needs, you should consider the different types of bathroom heaters which are available. You should try to find the bathroom heater that will best match your needs. Different heaters will warm the room in different ways.

Overhead heaters are a popular option for bathrooms. They often combine a light, a fan and a radiant heater in a single unit. Overhead heaters are ideal for a small bathroom since they do not take up any floor space. Bulb heaters are a common type of ceiling heaters. A bulb heater is fitted into the ceiling. It warms the room using one or more heated bulbs. The more bulbs there are, the more powerful the heater will be. Bulb heaters are usually fairly cheap, but there are some more expensive and more effective ceiling heaters.

Wall mounted or panel heaters are another option. They can be very slim and compact, which means that they do not need to take up much room in your bathroom, although you will need to have sufficient wall space available on which to mount them.

wall mounted bathroom heaters

It is also possible to bring a freestanding heater into your bathroom in order to add some extra heat. This can be a cheap option and it can be sensible if you only occasionally need any extra heat in your bathroom. As a long-term solution, it is less useful since a freestanding heater can get in the way. However, a portable, freestanding heater can be a good choice if you want to be able to use it elsewhere in your home. Another benefit of choosing a freestanding heater is that there is no installation required.

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Green Bathroom Design for long-term functionality.

Designing a bathroom, and going green? You can save a lot of money in the long run by designing a bathroom for long-term functionality. A well-designed bathroom will result in fewer repairs and replacements. It will also keep your energy and water bills low, with the advent of new earth-friendly bathroom materials technology.

Let’s start with the most important part of the bathroom: the toilet.

Older toilets can waste literally thousands of gallons per year. At five gallons per flush, you’re literally flushing your money down the drain. A high-efficiency toilet will use just over a gallon per flush. The even newer model of toilet, the dual-flush model, uses even less.

Faucets and shower heads are also now designed in low-flow models, saving even more water, and money. If your appliances were installed before 1994, chances are they are not a low-flow design.

Leaky Faucet


How else can you design a green bathroom, other than the obvious water-saving appliances?

And How about saving energy on heat?

Invest in a solar-powered water heater. It’s a green solution that is getting more affordable to install, now that the technology behind solar powered appliances has continued to develop. Another design idea for a shower stall is to install a waste-heat recovery system. The system uses the water that goes down the drain to preheat the shower water itself.

The shower stall itself is a water-saving part of the bathroom, when you compare it to a bathtub. Using a separate shower stall, even a traditional one, limits baths and saves seven times the amount of energy.
Look at your typical bathroom cabinet, usually under your sink. It’s probably made of particleboard, which contains formaldehyde. Go with bamboo instead, which is a rapidly renewable natural source, and makes beautiful cabinetry.

What about the vanity top itself? Recycled glass countertops are sparkly, easy to clean, and can be continuously used throughout the bathroom on the walls as well, with recycled glass tiles.

You don’t have to be entirely new-fangled though – traditional ceramic and porcelain tiles are still OK.