Double glazing and secondary glazing
If you don't already have double glazing in your home, it's definitely worth considering having it installed. If you can't afford to replace all the windows, you can still choose to upgrade the rooms that you spend the most time in and cost you the most to heat, and benefit from a considerable reduction in your heating bills as a result.
Have double glazing installed could reduce heat loss through your windows by as much as half. Just think of the amount of energy use you could reduce if you were able to contain all of the warm air you used to heat your home, rather than having it escape through the walls.
By trapping air between two panes of glass, double glazing creates an insulating barrier that reduces this heat loss – as well as noise and condensation.
Double-glazed windows come in a variety of styles to suit your decor and preferences, but it's worth checking any restrictions on your house due to age and location. For example, fitting double glazing when your existing window frames need replacing will ultimately save you time and money, as these can be integrated into the windows and installed much more efficiently.
Also, by looking for the energy saving recommended logo when choosing your windows, you can be sure they are the most energy efficient, as the whole window (frame and glass) is assessed on a rating of A-G by the British Fenestration Ratings Council.
If you're on a budget which won’t stretch for you to install double glazing, fitting secondary glazing could be the answer. It's less expensive than replacement double glazing and will still save money by cutting heat loss and draughts.
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