On those cold winter and rainy nights, when the wind batters your panes and the water crawls through the tiniest cracks to get inside, you’d realize you don’t want singles in your bedroom. You’d wish you had something tested to keep you warm as you lie under the sheets. You’d wish you had better windows.
How important are windows in maintaining the temperature in your bedroom? Believe it or not, it’s as important as the weather because your panes affect how comfortable it is inside your bedroom and how expensive your electric bill will be.
What is double glazing and how is it different from single glazing?
The difference between a single and a double glazing is like that of a wooden and a brick home – one insulates better than the other. Double glazing is the use of two panes in a window. The panes are separated by a few millimeters of space filled with a drying agent that prevents moisture build-up and a gas that minimizes heat transfer so that less heat flows in or out the window when you need it to. Basically, double glazing makes for a better insulated bedroom than single glazing.
How else can I benefit from double glazing?
Like the third brother’s brick house that didn’t tumble after the huffing and puffing of the big bad wolf, your double glazing will protect you better from the weather and big bad wolves. Double glazed windows are thick and sealed tightly so they keep noise and water out. Also, frames of double glazed windows are usually made of uPVC, a material commonly used in the construction industry because of its resistance to fire, water, corrosion, and UV rays. This makes the whole double glazed unit weather resistant.
Double glazed windows will also make it harder for thieves to break into your home through your windows because they are resistant to external force and have multiple locking systems. This makes double glazing a good and reliable roommate because it keeps the noise and the thieves out without complaining.
What do I need to know if I want to have double glazed windows in my bedroom?
One, don’t go with any double glazed windows. If you want your unit to be recognized as an energy-efficient measure by the government, purchase double glazed units with energy rating of C or above. Although these are more expensive, double glazed windows are an investment so the initial cash you spend may come back to you in the long run.
Two, check with your local council. Replacing your windows with double glazed units is usually under permitted development so you won’t need planning permission unless, of course, your building is listed or you want new or bigger windows.
Three, find the best deals in town. Double glazing has been around for more than 40 years now so you have a lot of choices as to which manufacturer and installer you want. The best way to do this is by finding the best but cheapest quotes via the Internet.
Double glazing may not be an affordable alternative to single glazing but it’s a very good investment, especially if you frequently have to go to bed with bed socks and a nightcap on because you can’t keep the cold out (or afford use the heater). Singles may be tempting but you will never be unsatisfied with a pair.