How To Reduce Heat Loss From Your Home

Written by The Plastic People
11/01/2018 12:28:52

Reduce Heat Loss From Your Home

Colder months coupled with increasing energy costs may have you looking for cost effective ways to keep your home warm.  One of the main places from which heat escapes is windows - here are some practical ideas about how you can tackle this with double glazing, secondary glazing, shutters, blinds, thermal curtains and thick curtains.Cold Frosty Windows - The Plastic People


Double Glazing 

Double glazing is an effective, familiar and popular choice.  It is also a permanent and costly solution requiring professional fitting. The cost of double glazing may mean you wish to consider other options before deciding.   For homeowners in conservation areas and in listed buildings, double glazing may not be an option because of planning requirements.   The Energy Saving Trust says installing double glazing into a gas heated home that is currently fitted entirely with single glazed windows and has an A energy rating can save as much as £120 in a semi-detached house, £175 in a detached house and £65 in a flat, per year.   UPVC double-glazing units should last around for 20 years or more, so your payback is relatively slow, but eventual!

Secondary Glazing

Not as familiar as double glazing is secondary glazing but if you're on a budget, want to retain original windows or live in a listed or rented building then secondary glazing is a great option. Secondary glazing provides an immediate insulating barrier at a fraction of the cost of double glazing.  Even with its low price tag, an unobtrusive secondary glazing system can look discreet and not detract from your window features which may be a special concern for those with sash windows, stained glass and leaded windows.  Cost aside, another benefit of secondary glazing is that it is reversible. Secondary glazing window panes can easily be lifted out as and when necessary, especially if a magnetic fixing system is used rather than screws or adhesive systems. For those renting a cold property secondary glazing can be an ideal option.  Secondary glazing is also an ideal solution for those in listed buildings or living in conservation areas.  A word of caution - with uneven window surrounds, partial / slanted window cavities and any fittings which project or overhang a secondary glazing system is unlikely to install well and be effective.   Accurate installation is key for secondary glazing to work well.  Adding secondary glazing to existing single glazed windows will also save you money on energy bills. It is about half as effective as double glazing but at a fraction of the cost.   Since secondary glazing is considerably cheaper, this option will give you a  quicker payback.   Watch and read more about  magnetic secondary glazing system here. 


Shutters, blinds, thermal curtains and thick curtains

Use shutters, blinds and thicker curtains to help prevent anywhere from 50% to 20% loss of heat.  They make a great evening option (since they block out light and views). 

A combination of the above may be your answer.  If you would like more details about a lift out magnetic secondary glazing system contact the friendly team at The Plastic People who are happy to help.
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