Heating bills are increasing every year – in fact, some companies have raised their prices more than once in the last year, so even well-off families are starting to feel the pinch. No matter where you live, double glazing is becoming a must-have. If you don’t have double glazing yet, maybe it’s time to take a look at upgrading your windows. Nottingham Council, and many other local councils, are encouraging their residents to upgrade, and in some cases offering financial aid for low income families to do so.
Double glazing has a lot of benefits, including:
- Energy efficiency – a family living in a typical three bedroom house could stand to save at least £130/year on heating bills just by getting double glazing.
- More comfort – this is a part of point one, really – are you sick of your home being draughty in the winter? If so, double glazing will be a boon for you and your family.
- Noise reduction – if you live near a main road, or just in a noisy area, then double glazing could reduce the amount of noise pollution that you have to put up with.
- No more greenhouse feeling – some of the better modern double glazing installations feature advanced glass that has been treated to allow light in, but to prevent you from ending up in a situation where your home feels like a greenhouse in the summer. They keep heat in – ensuring your home is warm in the winter, but also keep heat out in the summer.
- Harder to break – double glazing is tougher and more secure than single paned windows. This means that it’s less likely to get broken by an errant football. It also means that it’s more secure – which could spell lower insurance premiums for you.
Double glazing is the obvious choice for any home owner looking to save money on heating bills, reduce their carbon footprint, or just increase the value of their home.
If you are on a low income, and don’t think you’ll be able to afford double glazing, it’s well worth talking to your local council to see if you can get help with fitting new windows. Nottingham, Newcastle, and many other councils are promoting eco-friendly living at the moment, and while not all councils offer financial support for such upgrades themselves, they will be able to help you find companies that do so.
In many cases, councils are able to help by providing residents with details for an approved supplier that will install double glazing at a discount over high-street prices. Considering the cost of double glazing, even a small discount can be a sizeable saving.
Don’t forget that double glazing is just a small part of the equation. There are many other home improvements that can make a big difference – draft excluders, loft insulation, wall insulation, and energy saving light bulbs are all good ideas if you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient.
Crispin Jones writes on behalf of Stormclad, specialists in windows Nottingham. Crispin is interested in home improvements and energy saving ideas and enjoys writing about these subjects.