Double glazing 'offers remarkable energy savings'
20th Jun 2012
Switching from single glazing to double glazing offers remarkable energy savings that every homeowner should take advantage of, it has been observed.
Phil Turley, business manager for Kommerling UK, said that double glazing has been the single best means of improving energy efficiency, reducing heat loss and lowering gas and electricity bills "for some years".
"If you change from single to double, the upgrade in efficiency is remarkable. We take pictures of houses [with single and double] using thermal imaging and you can see the difference," he explained.
Mr Turley added that the next big thing on the list is triple glazing, but that has not yet come into the country in a big way.
"We're basically about five years behind Germany, although we're sort of creeping up now. Pretty much everything out there is triple glazed and we're just starting to pick up that particular baton," he pointed out.
Aside from standard double glazing, other energy-efficient improvements include gas-filled double glazing, where the manufacturer inserts an inert gas such as argon, which acts as a thermal barrier.
Another option is warm-edge glazing, which uses foam rubber to keep the panes of glass apart, rather than aluminium, which can lead to condensation build-up.
Posted by Staff Writer: Robin Stenson
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