How To Make Historic Windows Energy-Efficient?
If you live in a historic home with old windows, you already know that your windows are not as energy efficient as they should be. While some damages can be repaired it usually works out cheaper, in the long run, to replace your old windows with modern solutions. Here are some factors you can consider to make your home more energy-efficient.
Seal the Gaps Around Your Windows
A lot of windows, but mainly older windows, have areas that are not appropriately sealed. Locating and sealing those gaps is the first step in improving the energy-efficiency of your windows. However, leaks and gaps are not always easy to find; it is not always as obvious as a large hole in your window. They are usually invisible to the naked eye but are pretty significant in terms of the amount of air that can escape.
Check between your sash and frame for air gaps and apply a window seal to them. This will immediately make your windows more energy efficient.
Install Double Glazing Windows
A double glazed window is made up of two glass panes. The space between the two glass panes is filled with a non-tocix gas such as argon. Due to the presence of this space, there is now an extra level of installation. The extra layer of installation would not be provided with single glazed windows.
Marvin architectural double glazed windows feature argon gas and Low-E coating that vastly improves energy performance.
Double glazing is simply one of the most effective ways of improving energy performance for your historic windows.
Use Natural Materials Such As Timber
Timber windows are typically more expensive than UPVC windows, but there is a reason why homeowners spend that extra bit to get wood windows, and it’s not just for better looks. Did you know that timber is a natural insulator? When compared with metal and plastic, timber is naturally warmer than these alternatives. Aluminium, for example, is a cold material and retains a lot less heat when compared with timber.
Timber windows, when maintained properly, can last anywhere from 50-60 years. uPVC on the other hand typically lasts only 15-25 years and can’t be restored to their original conditions.
While it is essential to pick the right window, it is just as essential to hire a professional company to fit and install them. This guarantees optimal window performance while allowing you to avoid problems following sloppy workmanship, like water damage and drafts.
If you are planning to install your windows yourself, you should read our blog on common installation mistakes.
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