Windows are an essential component in the design of any home. They bring in natural light and fresh air. They can also be a security feature. Windows also connect the indoors to the outdoors and contribute to the home's aesthetic. Some homeowners default to the more affordable single-glazed windows. Here are three reasons why you should consider installing double-glazed windows instead.
Double-glazed windows are designed with two glass panels bonded together and separated by a small gap. This gap is intended to be airtight and is usually filled with argon, an inert gas, creating an additional insulation layer. As a result, it helps retain the warmth inside the home, especially during the winter when most homeowners incur heavy power bills keeping their home warm. Similarly, when it is hot outside during the summer, it is much easier and cheaper to keep your home cool since the double-glazed windows make it harder for heat transfer into your home. This saves you a lot in energy bills since minor air conditioning is needed.
As a homeowner, quiet is probably at the top of your list. Sometimes, that may be out of your control. Maybe your neighbour runs loud machinery once in a while. Maybe someone drives a very loud vehicle quite regularly around your home, especially early in the morning. Frequent exposure to loud noises can lead to adverse health problems. It can contribute to poor sleep, which can lead to stress, cardiovascular diseases and cognitive issues. Double-glazed windows are an excellent solution to help reduce the amount of noise coming from outside. The insulation creates a buffer that dulls noises to a tolerable level. It also applies to noises coming from inside your home as well. Double-glazed windows provide excellent privacy by keeping your conversations within your walls. Adding acoustic glass to the double-glazed windows can improve noise reduction further. The acoustic glass increases the window's effectiveness in absorbing sound energy.
Condensation takes place when humid air interacts with a cooler surface. The moist air is usually inside your home, which condenses once it touches cold surfaces. Condensation is very common, especially for single-glazed windows. If not addressed, condensation can lead to mould development over time. Double-glazed windows are a great solution. They eliminate the main factor leading to condensation, the cold window. That is because the inner panel of the double-glazed windows stays at room temperature due to the insulation benefits, which reduces the risk of condensation.
Therefore, while double-glazed windows may cost a few dollars more than the standard single-glazed windows, it is clear that the added benefits more than make up for it. The energy savings, peace of mind and health benefits of preventing mould development make double-glazed windows an essential investment.