We all like to save a little bit of cash from time to time.
Whether that involves carefully cutting discount vouchers from a newspaper or painstakingly scouring the supermarket for cut-price toilet roll, it’s safe to say that if you look after the pennies, the pounds tend to look after themselves.
When it comes to choosing double glazing, however, immediately gravitating towards the low-cost option can be a false economy, as second-rate windows are often draughtier than a floorless shack on stilts in the middle of a tornado.
As you’re well aware, opting to install double glazing is a major investment, typically requiring oodles of careful research and plenty of to-ing and fro-ing on the style of windows that’ll jive with your property – as well as how much cash they’ll eventually save you on your heating bills.
Most of us already know double glazing windows can increase the value of a home, boost its energy efficiency, protect against unwanted external noise and reduce the dreaded condensation build-up on the inside of the windows …
… but how much money will top quality windows really save you?
Unfortunately, it’s not a same-for-everyone answer, as the savings depend on how big your home is, the materials your windows are made of and whether or not you choose a reputable installer to fit your double glazing.
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In England, Scotland and Wales, for example, A-rated double glazing can slash energy bills in a detached home by up to £160 a year and up to £90 a year in a mid-terrace dwelling. On the other hand, B-rated glazing can save a semi-detached homeowner up to £100 a year.
For maximum savings, it’s obviously vital to consider all the energy efficiency elements of your windows, making sure you choose glass with low emissivity, which lets in light and heat but limits the amount of warmth able to escape.
Additionally, you can opt for windows with gaps between the glass, which is typically filled with argon, xenon or krypton for added efficiency, while pane spacers – otherwise known as “warm edge” spacers – can also keep the panes of glass apart.
Aside from saving cash, however, it’s vital the windows you choose mesh with the look and feel of your home, as adding contemporary glazing to a traditional abode would look more out of place than your grandmother at a 1D concert.
Now it’s over to you …
Have you felt the benefits of adding double glazing to your home? Have you enjoyed the savings on your energy bills? Please let us know by leaving a comment below – we’d love to hear how home improvements work for you.
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