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How can you tell if a window is double glazed? And why you need it in light of rising energy costs.

Are you curious to know whether or not your windows at home are double or single glazed? If so, you’re not alone and shouldn’t worry, because this short post contains all you need to know to identify double glazing and why you need it in your home.

What is double glazing?

Unlike single glazed windows, which have one pane of glass, double glazed windows have two. The two panes of glass are separated by a small gap, via a spacing system. The gap is usually filled with an inert gas, such as argon, which significantly improves the thermal efficiency of the window compared to single glazing.

How you can tell if a window is single or double glazed?

There are two common methods that you can employ to determine whether or not your window is single or double glazed:

  • Method 1: Look at the inside edge of the window. If you see two panes of glass separated by a small spacer system, then it’s a double glazed window. If you see one pane of glass and no spacing system, then it’s single glazed.
  • Method 2: Open the window and use your fingers to touch both sides of it in the same spot. You should be able to tell if it’s double glazed or not by checking how far apart your fingers are from one another. If they’re almost touching, the window is most likely single glazed.

Single vs double glazing

British Gas, the UK’s biggest energy supplier, increased its prices for the second time this year, meaning the average energy bill will rise by £44, taking it to £1,205 a year. As mentioned earlier, one of the main benefits of double glazing over single is it’s considerably improved thermal performance. This means it offers a significant reduction in your energy costs, which is ideal in light of the recent rises in energy prices.

Is my home suitable for double glazing?

Double glazing is suitable for literally any home, thanks to the vast amounts of styles and customisation options there are to select from. Available with either PVCu or aluminium frames, styles for double glazed windows include:

If you live in a conservation area and are worried whether or not you’ll be able to replace a set of old, single glazed timber windows, Residence 9 windows are available. They are a high-performing timber alternative windows, which have been designed for use in conservation areas.

Related to this post: Why energy efficiency is important

High-quality double glazing installed throughout Portishead and the surrounding areas

Here at Associated Windows, we regularly install double glazing throughout Portishead and the surrounding areas. Renowned for our quality products, installation expertise and excellent customer service, we’re the ideal choice for installing it in your home. For more information, get in touch on 0117 9311777 or contact us online.