Why are windows and glass important?
Windows open your home to space and light whilst connecting you to the outdoors. This is why choosing the right type of glass for your windows is key when thinking about the type of sanctuary you want to create for your family.
Most windows contain glass that is only 3mm or 4mm thick. That’s not a lot separating you from the outside elements. In fact, this type of glass will let in up to 87% of heat in summer and let out up to 40% of heat during winter.* Now you can see why your windows and right type of glass are so important!
What you can do to improve the level of comfort within your home
If you’re looking to create a home that feels good, functions efficiently and provides comfort, then you need to know what your glass options are.
A good option: Ordinary single glazed glass (also known as float, toughened, annealed or monolithic) is the starting point. It offers little insulation and is sufficient for windows in non-demanding areas like your laundry.
A better option: Low E coated single glazed glass is the base option for insulating your windows. It has a transparent metallic oxide coating that minimises the amount of heat that passes through your windows. It improves insulation over ordinary glass by up to 39%. This works both in summer and in winter. In summer, it reflects the heat coming into your home from outside sources. Whilst in winter when you’re heating your home, it will reflect that heat back into the home.
The best option: Double glazing has two panes of glass separated by a spacer bar and is filled with argon gas. This improves insulation by up to 55% over ordinary glass. You can also get double glazing with a low e coating which will improve insulation by up to 77% over ordinary glass. This type of double glazing is as effective in hot climates as it is in cold climates, providing year-round comfort. This makes it an ideal choice to keep your home comfortable and more energy efficient so you don’t need to rely on heating and cooling appliances.
Extra add-ons for the ultimate comfort
You can also choose glass options which have acoustic benefits, as well as UV protection to reduce harmful rays from fading your furniture and finishes.
Ideally you want to use better performing glass in every part of your home. However, if budget is a concern you can choose different types of glass based on the room use, orientation and climate.
It’s also important to match better performing glass with a quality frame with good sealing to ensure the window performs properly.
* Australian Government Your Home website: http://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/glazing
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