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Dealing With Single Glazed Homes on a Budget

23 May 2015 No Comment

EcoGain-windowThere’s a reason the authorities have pushed double glazed windows onto us like there’s no tomorrow; they are one of the best ways to save energy in the home. In an age where energy bills are constantly on the rise, it goes without saying that they are an essential ingredient to an energy, and bill-savvy property.

Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with these types of windows. They happen to cost thousands of dollars to install, which is an immediate deterrent to some. Alternatively, strict planning laws in some regions mean that existing windows cannot be altered, for the simple reason that the exterior of the property has to be kept “in keeping” with history. Therefore, there are umpteen reasons why properties with single glazed windows still exist.

We’re not going to brush over this issue and suggest that you’ll be able to maintain the same sort of temperature as you would in a home with double glazing. What we will say is that there are methods to improve the thermal efficiency of a single glazed house and these methods can allow you to save significant amounts of money when the temperature drops.

First and foremost, never underestimate the power of blinds or curtains. Once upon a time the latter would have always been preferred from an energy efficiency perspective, but now blinds have made a resurgence and can be used to even better effect. Insulated shades in particular can make a huge difference; particularly if you opt for the versions which are “triple layers”. In other words, this means that the blinds are comprised of three honeycomb layers – meaning that there is an exceptionally thick barrier between you and the elements. Some people have reported on puffs of condensation in a morning when opening these blinds, so they should arguably be one of your top considerations if double glazing is off the agenda.

Next, let’s consider some secondary film glazing. Most DIY stores now sell this, with it being exceptionally cheap to purchase and merely being stuck to the window. As the name suggests, it’s designed to add a secondary layer of glazing to the window and again provide a thermal barrier. When this is combined with a blind, the effects can be bill-crunching.

Finally, we’ll talk about a simple DIY task that can again make all of the difference. Over time, particularly with single glazed windows that are presumably old, cracks can start to develop which allow unwanted draughts to cipher into the property. As such, you should be looking to seal these cracks wherever possible, with a bottle of caulk usually sufficient. This will prevent any air from coming through and immediately seal your home.

As you can see, staying efficient around your windows doesn’t necessarily have to revolve around double-glazing. It’s certainly the preferred option, but blinds, film and sealant all have a part to play for those homeowners which just can’t legislate for double glazing installation.

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