Single Glazed Vs Double Glazed Windows – Which Is Best?
The energy efficiency of your home is tied directly to the quality of your insulation and the materials used during construction. While there are a number of ways to increase energy efficiency, upgrading your windows and doors is one of the most effective and simple solutions. The benefits of improving the energy efficiency of your home are countless, and include smaller energy bills and temperature control. Lessening your energy wastage is also good for the planet, as it has a positive impact on the environment.
By upgrading your current windows from single glazed to double glazed, you are able to instantly transform your home and reap the long term benefits of double glazed products. Unsure what the difference is between single and double glazed windows, and wondering which is best for you? Read on to find out more about what sets uPVC double glazed windows apart from the rest, and why they are the best energy efficient window solution for your home!
What is the difference between double glazed and single glazed windows?
In short, a single glazed window is made using only one pane of glass. Single glazed windows are the standard in most homes, and are often 3mm to 10mm in thickness. Your windows are the only thing protecting your home from the elements, and act as direct contacts to the heat in summer and freezing temperatures in winter. In general, single glazed windows are up to 20 times less effective at energy conservation and efficiency than the standard insulated wall. Just think of how much heat you are losing during winter just through your windows! Single glazed windows could be the main reason your energy bills continue to spike, and why you need constant cooling or heating in your home.
Alternatively, a double glazed window has two pieces of glass separated by an air or gas filled space. This insulating gas helps to protect your home from the elements, and acts as an extra layer of insulation year round. The glass itself is similar to that used in single glazed windows, however you can often ask for upgrades such as lamination or UV tints. Double glazed windows help to stop the temperature outside from reaching your home, as the additional glass and insulating gas slow the transfer of heat in summer and cold air in winter. This means smaller energy bills and more even, comfortable temperatures year round!
What makes up a double glazed window unit (IGU)?
At Thermotek Windows & Doors, our double glazed window units (IGUs) are made up of a number of key elements. Our double glazed windows feature two panes of glass, and an argon gas filling between them. All our windows and doors are framed with uPVC, helping to decrease your energy bills by up to 50% and dramatically increasing the energy efficiency properties of your windows. Other important parts of a double glazed window or door are the sealing materials and the size between the glass panes.
What are the benefits of double glazed windows?
No matter whether you are drawn to double glazed windows because of the energy efficiency and sustainability factors, or because you’re looking to decrease your energy bills, there are a number of benefits to making the switch. Not only do double glazed windows provide superior and long lasting thermal insulation, they are energy efficient and low maintenance. This will not only help to regulate the temperature inside your home, it also means smaller energy bills and more money in your pocket! Gone are the days where parts of your home are freezing, while others are too hot!
Double glazed windows also act as a noise barrier to decrease noise pollution. At Thermotek Windows & Doors, our uPVC double glazed windows also offer extra security, as they are a strong and durable window option. All our double glazed products are EPD certified for peace of mind!
It is also important to note that double glazed windows and doors often increase the value of your home. No matter if you’re staying put, or thinking of selling, the sustainability and energy efficiency of double glazing adds long term value to your home.
Why is it important to purchase Australian made double glazed windows and doors?
If you have made the exciting decision to invest in double glazed windows, you are now left with the seemingly overwhelming choice of who to purchase them through! While we understand it may seem like there are endless companies selling double glazed windows in Australia, it is important to do your research on where the windows are made and for what conditions.
In Australia, we face a multitude of weather extremes year round, and the amount of UV rays hitting our homes and windows can be unparalleled. Windows manufactured for overseas conditions, for example Europe, are perfectly suited for such weather; however, they will lose efficiency quickly when under the strain of Australian weather. This is an exciting time, and you don’t want your home, or furniture, damaged as a result of your double glazed windows. Australian companies are also easy to communicate with, and understand your needs like no other! Support local when it matters, and invest in an Australian double glazing manufacturer.
Thermotek Windows & Doors
Thermotek Windows & Doors are an Australian double glazing manufacturer. We offer the highest quality products, and support you through your double glazing journey from start to finish! No matter if you’re looking to renovate or build, our staff can help create the perfect windows and doors for your home. With a range of different colours and styles on offer, we can help to create windows and doors for any aesthetic.
Unsure where to start, or want some guidance on which double glazed windows are right for you? Simply visit our website or contact us today for a quote! Taking the step to invest in double glazed windows and doors is taking a step towards a sustainable, more affordable future – and we can’t wait to make the journey alongside you.