Windows and other glazed areas bring light and fresh air into your home, and allow you to see views. But they can also let in noise, glare, moisture and leaks, and most significantly allow heat to escape.
Once you have insulated your ceiling, floors and walls, most heat will escape through windows and other glazing (such as skylights and glass doors).
Whether you're planning a new home, renovating or maintaining an existing home, you can minimise these problems by:
- choosing energy efficient glazing (such as double glazing or low-E glass) and framing
- making careful choices about the location, size and types of glazed areas in your home.
You'll need to consider climate, your home's orientation towards the sun and your priorities - comfort, appearance, cost and so on. For a more comfortable home, choose double glazing or fit secondary glazing to your existing windows. The investment will be worthwhile - a warmer, healthier, quieter home with lower power bills.