One of the biggest benefits any home or business owner can enjoy after installing secondary glazing are the cost savings it provides. But how much can you save with secondary glazed windows? In this article we go into more detail to show you how it reduces your bills and saves money.
How much money can secondary glazing save me?
When you invest in secondary glazing you are spending money on a home improvement that will not only improve the aesthetic appeal of the property, but also its value. Just as importantly, the glazing system helps to reduce heat loss through the windows. As up to 40% of heat in the home is lost through doors, floors and windows, it’s important to have a glazing system that can reduce this.
According to the Energy Savings Trust, installing secondary glazing onto a single-glazed property in England could produce the following savings every year:
- Detached house – £95 to £115
- Semi-detached house – £65 to £80
- Mid-terrace house – £50 to £60
- Detached bungalow – £50 – £60
- Mid-door flat – £30 to £35
How much you will be able to save will also depend on the energy efficiency rating of your property. The lowest figures in each category above represent Energy Efficient Ratio (EER) ‘C’ and the highest number shows EER ‘A++’. These estimates are based on a standard gas-heated home.
When you consider the average lifespan of a new set of secondary glazed windows can last anywhere between 25-35 years – or sometimes even more depending on the age of the property and local environment – you can see that any money spent on installing secondary glazing is eventually recouped.
Why is secondary glazing a good option for my home?
Secondary glazing has always been a popular option for years. Before double glazing was readily available, this method was used and proven to be very successful. Below are some advantages for using secondary glazing:
Double glazing can be a costly venture! Secondary glazing is an amazingly affordable alternative to double glazing. At a fraction of the cost, this can be a great option for those on a tight budget.
Secondary glazing requires very little hassle. Many glazing options require all of your old windows to be removed, meaning that your life at home will be disrupted for days. In a lot of cases, you can even install the secondary glazing yourself, especially if you are installing temporary glazing.
Unlike the double-glazing, the two different pieces of glass in secondary glazing become barriers to the transmission of noise. As secondary glazing has a bigger cavity between the two panes, the better the dampening effect – so double-glazing which has panes relatively close together is not as effective at cutting out noise.
No planning permission needed
If you have an older house that is listed, you will undoubtedly need planning permission if you are thinking about installing double glazing. Secondary glazing requires no planning permission, which is one hassle you don’t have to worry about!