How to Reduce Heat Loss and External Noise at Home
Single-glazed windows provide very little insulation against heat loss; it can escape easily.
Up to 20% of this is through the window panes themselves, by conduction. Insulation is very low because there is no separation between the cold outside and the warm inside.
A further 35% is through infiltration, otherwise known as draughts. Air can pass easily around the windows, through the gaps that are inherent to the design.
Not only can this create a cold, draughty living environment, but it also result in a lot of wasted heat and unnecessarily high energy bills.
“All properties lose heat through their windows. But energy-efficient glazing keeps your home warmer and quieter as well as reducing your energy bills“ Energy Saving Trust.
In a similar manner, although in reverse, single-glazed windows fail to provide a decent barrier to unwanted external noise that can make its way into your home. Cars, aeroplanes and people outside busy pubs are among the main culprits and generally speaking, there is very little that can be done to prevent these problems, short of moving house!
Being able to rely on a little peace and quiet when you need it is important for your well-being. Your home is your sanctuary and unwanted external noise, more than just an irritation, can actually be damaging to your health. Long term exposure to annoying, excess noise, especially if it is disrupting your sleep, can be stressful. It is important to keep this to a minimum.
The most permanent and effective way to keep heat in and noise out is to install double-glazed units in place of your current single-paned windows. This can be done without replacing your original window or door frames.