Secondary Glazing Can Help Reduce Winter Energy Bills
We all want to be warm and cosy at home during the colder months. So as winter approaches, it is crucial to think about reducing heat loss with secondary glazing. However, rising energy prices will impact gas and electricity bills over the coming months, making conserving heat and staying warm at home more difficult for millions of households.
Those on standard tariffs, with normal levels of energy use, will see their bills rise from approximately £139 to £1277 per year. For prepayment meter customers, higher energy price caps will result in a £153 increase.
Switching to a cheaper energy deal won’t save you money. The best way to reduce bills this winter is to prevent heat escaping by addressing the thermal efficiency of your home.
Secondary glazing is a cost-effective solution to retaining heat, particularly for single-glazed properties; installing the unobtrusive internal windows will reduce 65% of heat loss, eliminate draughts and reduce utility bills.
From historic to modern buildings, secondary glazing is suitable for all structures. The heat retention properties of secondary glazing can improve inoculation making your property warmer and more energy-efficient. Homeowners will also get a better Energy Performance Certificate rating.
How secondary glazing works
A secondary glazing structure consists of an internal window, installed either reveal-fixed or face-fixed onto an existing external window. This additional “barrier” creates a pocket of trapped air between the external window and secondary glazing, improving thermal performance whilst also reducing outside noise through better insulation. Because of this, secondary glazing keeps your home warm and reduces the expense of heating it.
A Low-E glass system with a reflexive coating maximises energy efficiency by directing heat back into a room. As a result, such systems conserve heat and reduce energy consumption, which saves on heating costs.
What secondary glazing looks like
Secondary glazing is virtually invisible upon installation. Slimline aluminium frames support the glass, and you can powder coat frames to match any interior decor style. Secondary windows are produced in a range of styles; vertical sliders, horizontal sliders, side hung, top hung, double side hung, lift-outs and removable fixed panels on the back of doors.
Secondary Glazing vs Alternatives
For many, installing triple or double glazed windows is the norm. Such windows are well insulated and easy to operate. However, double and triple glazing can be disruptive, messy and greatly expensive to install (the existing windows need complete replacement). In comparison, a well-designed secondary glazing system is inconspicuous, easy to install, and does not detract from features such as stained glass or leaded windows.
Why not consider combining solutions: secondary glazing is often fitted to existing double glazed windows to provide additional heat and noise insulation. With more air gaps, this solution may be better than triple glazing.
At Britannia Glass & Glazing Ltd, we don’t install secondary glazing, but we do provide a range of excellent emergency glazing services. From shop front window repairs to residential glass replacement and repairs, we can secure your home, business or office. Call now on 02033057161, and we can get a glazier to you within the hour.