In a world which is increasingly looking for ways to reduce its environmental impact, it makes sense to make energy efficiency improvements to your home where possible. Most of us are already doing what we can to reduce our energy bills, such as fitting loft and wall insulation, switching to energy saving LED lights, etc. But did you know that all these efforts may be in vain if you have windows without a strong energy performance? Buildings lose most of their heat through the windows – so it’s worth making sure they are as efficient as possible before winter.
Most households are now built with double glazing as standard, however older properties will still have windows with just one pane. Windows which aren’t properly insulated not only let all of the heat escape, they also cause draughts and cold spots in homes.
Since double glazed windows took off in the 1980s, technology and manufacturing methods have drastically improved. This has resulted in the innovation of triple glazed windows, which go even further to improve the energy efficiency of the home. If you’re wondering what the difference is between double and triple glazing, read on for some of the main benefits of installing triple glazed windows.
Lower U value
The U value determines the energy performance of windows – with the lower scores being performing better. Traditional single pane windows have a U value of five and above, with double glazing achieving a score of three. However, as we aim to improve energy efficiency even more a U value of three is no longer good enough (the standard for walls is 0.3). Triple glazed windows vary, but some models have achieve a score of 0.8.
Beat the noise
Not only can triple glazing reduce your energy usage, but it can also help with sound pollution. If you live on a main road or near a particularly noisy area, triple glazing can drown out the noise more effectively than other windows.
Windows are a major entrance point for thieves, so ensuring they are secure is a must. By having an extra pane of strong glass, windows are much harder to smash, and therefore your home is further protected from intruders.
If you’re looking to create a sustainable home and reduce your energy bills, triple glazing is the right choice. It is commonly used in countries with cold climates such as Norway and Sweden, so when our mild winter comes around you know you can depend on the windows to retain heat and keep your family warm.