Windows and doors are a vital aspect to any home. They allow for entry, encourage natural light to filter through the home, and keep you connected with the outdoors. However, they can also constitute a large amount of heat gain and heat loss, something that must be corrected with an increase in power usage to retain a comfortable temperature indoors.
Roughly thirty percent of our energy usage is related to heating and cooling, a figure that can increase considerably with poor insulation and seals on windows and doors. Up to 40% of a home’s energy can be lost, and nearly 90% of its heat is gained, through the windows.
By improving upon your home’s thermal insulation with double glazing windows on your Melbourne or Sydney home, you can reduce your energy cost and your carbon footprint by a considerable margin.
The two main components to a window system include the type of glazing, and the type of frame. The glazing has the greater impact upon the insulating qualities of the window. Typically, glass in Australian homes is built with 3-4 millimetre single-glazed windows. While common, these provide exceptionally poor insulation, result in a great deal of heat/cold loss, and lead to an increase in the homeowner’s energy bill.
The goal is to achieve a glass surface temperature on the inside of the glass which is as close to the desired room temperature as possible, to prevent either heat or cold from radiating in to the room. Double glazing windows provide your Melbourne or Sydney home with the best method of achieving this goal.
The frame type also plays a role in the insulating characteristics of a window. Aluminium and steel frames are durable, but also transfer heat and cold in to the living area quite effectively. Timber frames are good insulators, but are more prone to maintenance problems, including rotting and warping.
At TwinGlaze, we are able to retro fit double glazing windows in to any of these existing frames, while retaining good aesthetics and preserving the style of the window and home.
Each of our TwinGlazeEco windows are customised to order, and can be seamlessly installed in timber, aluminium, or steel window frames. Our Australian-made glass can greatly improve your homes insulation, while lowering the noise level inside your home.
We can customise our products, for example, by recommending laminated glass for noise-facing windows, and/or tinted windows for sun/heat exposed windows. Under Technical Resources, we have more information on glass surface applications and solutions.
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