A Complete Guide To Double Glazing
Your windows and doors play a major role in the energy efficiency and temperature control of your home. They also directly impact the way your home retains and gains heat throughout the year. As the climate in Australia grows more extreme, the impact on your home and energy bills can be devastating. To help combat this, double glazed windows and doors offer a long-term, permanent energy efficient solution. Not only are your living conditions improved, you save money on your energy bills and have a positive impact on the environment.
Double glazing not only offers a low maintenance solution to combat your rising energy bills, it also helps you to live sustainably and comfortably and reduce noise pollution in your home or office. To help you understand more about double glazing, we have created this complete guide to help you start, or further, your double glazing knowledge. Read on for more information!
What Are Double Glazed Windows?
Double glazing refers to when a window or door has two panes of glass separated by a gap filled with air or gas. These glass panes, combined with the framing and additional gas, together are referred to as an insulated glass unit or IGU. The size of the gap between the window panes varies depending on the need of the build, and is often filled with an insulating gas to help further the energy efficiency and noise reduction properties of the window. For maximum insulation, this space should be at least 10mm wide. The two panes of glass act as additional insulators, and decrease the amount of heat entering or exiting your home.
Compared to single-glazed, or standard windows, double glazed windows offer increased insulating resulting in increased heat retention and reduction, depending on the season.
How Do Double Glazed Windows and Doors Work?
Double glazed windows and doors work by creating an additional layer of insulating protection for your home. As described above, the two glass panes act as a barrier for noise and temperature transfers. The insulating gas, or air, between the glass helps to trap the air and impending temperature attempting to enter your home, acting as a protective layer between your home and the weather outside. This results in less heat entering your home in summer, and escaping your home in winter! In turn, you won’t need to run your air conditioning or heating as often, or as intensely, lowering your energy consumption and energy bills.
Single Glazed vs Double Glazed
Did you know that in winter up to 45% of your home’s energy can be lost through windows and doors? Or that in summer up to 85% of heat gained is through your windows and doors? When your home has single glazed windows, or one pane of glass, your home is more likely to feel the impact of the weather outside. Single panes of glass do not provide adequate insulation, and instead allow for heat to enter and exit your home freely throughout the year. This creates the need for constant heating or cooling, as well as creating an environment that is uncomfortable to live or work.
It is also worth mentioning that single glazed windows provide little to no protection for noise pollution. When you live near a main road, in a busy suburb or simply have noisy neighbours, this can wear you down over time.
Double glazed windows and doors use two panes of glass, with an insulating gap or air or gas between them. This stops temperature transfer in its tracks, lessening the amount of heat to enter your home in summer and exit in winter. The two panes of glass and insulating gas also help to decrease the amount of external sound that enters your home, creating a peaceful environment. Double glazed windows work year round to help keep you comfortable!
The Benefits of Double Glazing
There are countless benefits to double glazed windows and doors. There may even be some benefits you haven’t considered! The main benefit, as mentioned previously, is the increased energy efficiency. However there are a number of other benefits, such as:
- Additional Insulation
- Reduced Energy Bills
- Temperature Control and Consistency
- Reduction of Noise Pollution
- Increased Property Value
- Low Maintenance
- Controlled Ventilation and Insulation
When considering double glazing, and its cost, it is important to remember all the long-term benefits, including the money you will save!
At Thermotek Windows & Doors, we pair our double glazing windows with our own uPVC framing. uPVC framing provides an airtight seal, increasing the window’s water resistance, thermal insulation and durability. By eliminating the potential for gaps to form around your windows, uPVC framing adds benefits and provides a low-maintenance framing solution. uPVC is also sustainable, as it can recycled up to seven times without compromising on quality!
Why Buying Australian Made Double Glazed Products is Important
Another benefit of double glazed windows and doors is that there are manufacturers right here in Australia! Once you have made the decision to invest in double glazing, the next step is finding a trusted, quality manufacturer. When you purchase Australian made double glazed windows and doors, not only are you supporting a local business, you are also going to see fast turnaround times and products made specifically for the Australian climate.
When purchasing double glazed products made overseas, be wary of the fact they were designed for a different climate and may not hold up under the harsh Australian UV rays. The last thing you need is for the effectiveness of your windows to decrease as a result. Australian companies, like Thermotek, understand the needs of the Australian climate and the Australian consumer, and create products to last.
Double Glazing with Thermotek Windows & Doors
Thermotek Windows & Doors are proud to offer the highest quality double glazed windows and doors in Australia. Our double glazed windows and doors come in a range of sizes and styles to suit your needs, and will provide you with countless benefits for years to come. No matter if you are looking to renovate or build, our staff are here to help you make your double glazing dreams a reality! Simply visit our website or contact us for a quote to start the next step in your sustainability journey.