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It’s a fact that double glazing reduces your homes carbon footprint. Statistics vary, but it is estimated that double glazing can reduce the amount of heat escaping through a home’s windows by up to 50%. It’s this ability to retain heat that makes double glazing so energy efficient compared to single pane windows.
Put simply, less heat required equals less fuel burnt, be it gas, electricity or open fire. It all equates to an ultimate reduction in CO2 which in environmental terms is always a good thing.
Although there are alternatives, a good quality UPVC frame is the most popular option these days.
The same reasons which make double glazing so energy efficient also mean that it reduces your heating bills.
Less heat lost through your windows means less heat required to heat your home for longer. This of course has a knock on effect on your energy bills and is a significant sales factor to potential buyers when you come to sell your property.
Double glazing can be measured on its energy efficiency whilst comparing it to other windows, by using a calculation system known as the U value (or U factor). The U value can be adopted for any kind of home construction and measures how effective that component is at retaining heat. Importantly, the lower the U value, the more proficient the window is at saving energy.
Above all, installing new windows that are fitted with double glazing reduces heat loss, which in turn leaves a smaller carbon footprint as carbon dioxide emissions are cut by up to 50%.
Measuring single or double glazed windows will highlight where in your home heat loss is increasing your energy bills.
Of course, double glazing is also installed to reduce noise pollution and improve security, but the U value only incorporates heat loss in its calculations.
The nationally recognised rating method for double glazed panels is for the whole window, including the glass, frame and spacers. However, sometimes a centre-of-glass U Value is given, which simply measures the performance of the glazing alone.
Measuring your home’s heat loss is not as complicated as you may think. Using the above mentioned U-values, you can quickly measure how efficient your double glazed doors and windows really are.
The following formula can be used to determine each windows heat loss at any time of the year:
Glass Width x Glass Height x U Value x Temperature difference from inside to outside = Heat loss per hour (Watts).
By measuring every window in your home, you can quickly and easily work out how much energy is being wasted and eradicate the problem.