While window replacement may not be at the top of every householder’s list of necessary improvements, it is still important. Upgrading from single- to double-glazed windows can be beneficial in many ways. These windows have two glass panes with an air pocket between, and they can reduce energy usage, protect furnishings, and help householders save money. The sections below provide more information on the advantages of double-glazed aluminium windows in Porirua.
Help for the Environment
It’s been estimated that over 27% of a person’s carbon footprint is composed of their home energy use. NZ householders can lower emissions and help protect the environment by installing new windows with eco-friendly, energy-efficient glazing. The air layer in double-pane windows prevents heat from entering or leaving the home, which means less energy is required to keep things cool or warm. Some windows and aluminium doors in Kapiti even have gasses such as krypton or argon between the panes of glass, which makes them even more thermally efficient. Whether they are filled with gas or air, double-pane windows can remove thousands of kilograms of carbon dioxide from the environment, which is equivalent to hundreds of litres of petrol.
Double-glazed windows cost more upfront than single-pane varieties, but their energy savings can help pay for the installation. According to information from Energy Star, an upgrade from single- to double-pane windows can help a householder save more than $500 per year in heating and cooling costs. New windows can increase a home’s value, and the owner can recoup almost 80% of his or her investment.
Preventing Noise Pollution
Double-pane windows can block noise because of the space between the panes and the glass thickness. When choosing windows for the home, the buyer should check each model’s STC (sound transmission class) rating. The higher the rating, the lower the noise level will be. The installer should add caulk and weatherstripping to fully block sound while saving energy and money.
There are plenty of options available for New Zealand homeowners who want new windows. For help in choosing double-glazed aluminium windows for your Kapiti home, call us at High Performance Windows or visit us on the web at www.hpw.co.nz to learn more.