It goes without saying that nobody likes a drafty house. Not only does it make even the mildest of winters uncomfortable, but you’ll likely wind up paying a fortune trying to stave off the cold with your heating constantly cranked up to max.
Unfortunately, thermally insulating the walls of your home can only do so much to offset the effects of drafts and leaky windows, which makes it very important to minimise as much heat loss through the windows around your home as possible, especially if you want to save money on your energy bills once summer is over.
So, to give you a better insight into how to go about doing this, we’ve broken down the best ways to prevent heat loss through windows in your home, including cheap and quick tricks you can try today, and more expensive alternatives you can invest in if you have the budget to do so.
It may come as a surprise, but windows are one of the main contributors to heat loss in any home, particularly if they’re old and only single-glazed. In fact, estimates show that a home’s windows can be responsible for between at least 10-15% of the energy that escapes a property. And that’s assuming you have some form of double-glazing installed.
In fact, for a window heat loss comparison, if you’re home’s windows are only single-glazed, then there’s a good chance that you’re losing up to ten times more heat loss than a properly insulated external wall.
With double-glazing, this heat loss is cut by 50% or more, depending on other factors, such as having aluminium framed windows installed. But, either way, this should give you a clear indication of just why it’s so important to make sure that your windows are sealed properly.
Without going too deep into the science, one of the main reasons why it’s so hard to prevent heat loss through windows is because glass is a phenomenally good conductor of heat, which simultaneously makes it bad at retaining it.
Essentially, when warm air touches your windows, its heat passes into the cold air on the other side, meaning that, without the right protection, you will experience very quick heat loss not long after turning your heating on without you really doing anything.
Although heat loss through windows can’t be stopped, the good news is that it can be mitigated with the right improvements and home additions. To give you an idea of how to do this, here are our top steps to follow to prevent heat loss through your windows:
Despite being made of large panes of glass and exposed directly to the outside air, bi-folding doors, or at least those we produce here at Express, are some of the most thermally efficient home fittings out there.
This is thanks in large part to their double-glazing and aluminium frame construction, which is focused on providing maximum heat retention while retaining all the visual and physical functionality such a door requires.
You can read more about this topic in our article discussing the benefits of bi-folding and sliding doors.
As you can see, there are a quite few things you can be doing to help offset heat loss from your home, but having your glazing done correctly is one of the best ways to ensure maximum heat retention at all times of the year.
In short, double-glazing is a must, and if possible, you should definitely invest in triple-glazing if you have the budget. For example, if you choose to buy new windows with Express, not only will we construct them using an aluminium frame, but we’ll also give you the option of choosing one of our three different glazing types:
If you’ve tried all of the above recommendations and met with limited success, or your windows are just old and tired, then your best option to keep window heat loss to a minimum is to invest in new windows.
We suggest reading our blog on how long windows last if you think you’re glazing has reached the end of its natural lifespan.
Hopefully, with these tips in mind, you should now be able to solve any draft issues you have in your home. Of course, if you want to replace your windows or doors, then you should get in touch with the Express team today to see how we can help.
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