Are Double Glazed Windows Worth It

Are double glazed windows worth it;  that’s a question which is asked a lot and whilst there is no simple answer, the answer is yes but for a lot of different reasons.

A Rated – Energy Efficient Windows

Testing has shown that new and replacement double glazing can reduce heat loss from your home by as much as 18%. This means that if you have single glazing or early-generation uPVC double glazed windows your bills will be much higher. At the same time, you may be experiencing increased noise from outside and added condensation from the performance of older window systems.

Fitting A Rated Energy efficient windows will save you money on energy bills which will help the environment whilst at the same time you will benefit from reduced condensation and noise.

So are double glazed windows worth it?

If we look at a home with single glazing and update that to A+ new or replacement double glazing windows then the potential savings are £797.04 per year. The example is based on a detached house with single glazing using electricity to heat the space. The calculations are done using the GGF official calculator.

 

The savings you achieve will vary depending on the current installation in your home and other energy measures which you adopt. Looking directly at the question are double glazed windows worth it would suggest yes, but not only financially.  Double glazed windows are worth it as a means to reduce CO2 emissions and as an opportunity to lower carbon use. Which undoubtedly will have a positive effect on the planet.

Are Double Glazed Windows Worth It

When considering are double glazed windows worth it, you will need to look also at the installation. If the installation of the double glazing is not correct then the benefit of selecting and paying for good energy efficient products will be lost. New and replacement double glazed windows need to be installed by experts. It is the installation which will ensure you maximize the benefits of your installation long into the future.

Make sure your installer has experience and that the products they say you are getting are fully detailed in writing. The installer should be registered with a competent installer scheme such as FENSA. To make sure your installer is up to the task they should hold a BSI Kite Mark for their installation process and quality. The BSI Installation Kite Mark means your installer is assessed twice yearly by the British Standard Institue.

The Window installer BSI Kitemark™ covers a wide variety of aspects:

  • Design – Ensuring windows and doors are correct for the intended use
  • Surveying – Correct door and window fit and risk assessment
  • Installation practice – Including the safe removal of old windows
  • Staff training – Ensure all staff are properly trained and competent
  • Property care – To avoid damage to furniture and floor coverings
  • Building regulations compliance – Including fire, thermal efficiency, and safety glazing
  • Material quality – All materials must meet the required quality standards.
  • Inspection – Check all installations are fitted in accordance with BS 8213-4and the system designer recommendations.