Windows are windows right ? Glass is glass right ?
Wrong Wrong and Wrong !!!
Most people don’t think twice about the glass or the style of windows and doors that they use when
building or renovating their most prized possession, their home.
Most builders don’t have the time to discuss the style of windows or doors that will suit your ongoing needs.
Well, firstly most people are of the old ways and environmental issues are not at the forefront, then as soon as you mention energy efficent people cringe as they expect it to be far out of their reach dollar wise. This is because of the stigma surrounding “green” products in Australia.
In almost all other developed countries in the world Double Glazed windows and Doors are the standard. The thinking in Australia is that we don’t have the extreme weather systems that they do. Well we beg to differ !! Our weather is getting more and more unpredictable and intense. We have seen cyclones on a regular basis and now snow. While the southern states do offer Double Glazing in the northern states it is just becoming something people think about.
According to the Australian Windows Association and Energy Efficent Australia “49% of heat is lost in winter and 87% of the heat is gained in summer” through inefficent glass in a house with 8% consisting of glass openings.
Wow !! Thats a lot of money spent with the energy companies !!
So, not only will you save $$$ on heating/ cooling here is a list of all the other benefits to you:
1. Noise Reduction – reduces road / neighbour noise
2. Added Safety / Insurance reductions – because of the make up the windows/doors are stronger and in most cases have two panels of glass so intruders will have a harder time getting in !! (possibly getting more reductions on insurance too !!)
Use your time and resources well when choosing your new windows and doors and life in your glass house will be more comfortable !!