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Wasting energy? Why not replace your double glazing?



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By : Jennifer O’Conner    99 or more times read
There are many reasons for choosing double glazing but one of the most quoted ones is the fact that it will save you money through reducing the amount of wasted energy. It is true that double glazing does indeed reduce heat loss but it will be a long time before you save enough money to equal the amount that you have spent on having the windows installed. So replacing your windows is not always the best way to go. One way to budget and take advantage of replacing your windows is to replace those that are in the rooms that cost you the most money to heat. If you are on a budget, there is no point in replacing a window in a spare bedroom which you rarely use.

Double glazed windows come in many different sizes and styles so there will always be something that will suit your house style. One thing to do before installing any new things to your home is to check if there are any planning restrictions on your house. Sometimes if you live in an older property planning permission may be required or there could be some kind of restrictions on the building if it is a listed one making it difficult to install double glazing. Also if you are converting a flat window into a bay window or vise versa there could be some problems with planning. Overall it is always a good idea to check with the local authority. Better to do this before you start to make any changes to your home. Other than these things you will find a cornucopia of different products to choose from – the hard decision is to find a supplier that you think you can trust.

When picking a supplier to install your double glazing don’t choose the first one you see in the yellow pages. Always use a reputable company. You can check them out yourself or you can use a company that has been recommended by friends or family. This is often the best thing to do. By doing this you can see the sort of work that the company does and get some insider information as to how well it went and whether they were efficient and completed the work to the schedule that they promised.

The next thing to do is to get the salesperson to visit. This can be pretty traumatic and in order to make it as easy as possible be prepared. Know exactly what sort of windows you want and how you want them to look in your home. Don’t be intimidated by the salesperson. If they want you to sign a deal with them there and then refuse to do business with them. This kind of bullying tactic is often used to make you feel bad and is only their way of making easy money. Also Ask if your chosen double glazing installer is a member of the Glass and Glazing Federation, check for FENSA accreditation and make sure that all products carry the safety standard kite mark.


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