Being environmentally friendly is most definitely something that is actively being embraced by the wider population these days, with most people making some effort to recycle, invest in eco-friendly products, and work to reduce their carbon footprint.
With residential properties in particular, many studies and statistics are suggesting eco-friendly homes will be worth more money than standard homes in the future. EPC’s were introduced in 2008 and private landlords are legally required to provide these to their tenants. EPC’s are also commonly included in property listings as most people expect prospective tenants or house buyers to request one. As the better your EPC is, the lower your energy bills will be, it makes sense that a good EPC can and does add value to your home.
Secondary glazing is a fabulous investment if you’re looking to improve your EPC. With improved sound protection, insulation, security and the ability to preserve original windows such as sash windows, there really aren’t any drawbacks to secondary glazing.
So if you are looking to invest in your home to make it more eco-friendly and improve your ‘carbon appeal’, consider secondary glazing.
Here are just a few ways secondary glazing is eco-friendly:
It Improves Thermal Efficiency
Having secondary glazing installed improves the thermal efficiency of your home, ensuring the overall heat being lost from your home is reduced, so you can in turn use less heating and consume less energy overall.
They Are Made With Aluminium
Aluminium is often called the ‘green metal’ because it is considered one of the most environmentally friendly metals on the planet. The fact that it is strong, weighs very little and has incredible corrosion resistance are just some of the key benefits of the metal. Aluminiums amazing recycling ability is also one of its leading benefits. It is easy to recycle and is one of the most recycled metals on the planet. When remelting aluminium it takes just 5% of the energy it would have taken to create a raw metal from scratch. It can be recycled over and over again without degrading in quality, without any of its properties changing.
Aluminium reduces waste, conserves natural resources and is energy-saving. It is by far the best metal to use for secondary glazing products which make homes more environmentally friendly. It simply wouldn’t make sense to use any other material for this important job.
It Extends The Lifespan Of The Original Windows
The technique of secondary glazing involves the original window being preserved, hence its popularity and practical advantages in listed buildings.
This technique is also environmentally friendly. This is because the original window is not removed and therefore isn’t taken to landfill. Of course the original windows do not have to go to landfill and many can be recycled or reused elsewhere, but, if a window is being removed, the option will inevitably be there for it to be thrown away and potentially sent to landfill.
The only way to avoid this completely is by keeping the old windows and giving them a new lease of life with secondary glazing.
If You Do Ever Want To Remove Them, They Will Still Be Environmentally Friendly
If you do ever need or want to remove your secondary glazing for any reason, as they are made from aluminium you will have no problem moving them on for recycling. Aluminium is very cheap and easy to recycle and is experiencing quite the ‘moment’ within environmental product manufacturing.
Condensation Issues Are Greatly Reduced
Condensation in the home can force many homeowners to open their windows during winter, letting out a lot of heat, vastly decreasing the energy efficiency of the home. With secondary glazing, condensation problems are greatly reduced which is not only more convenient for the homeowner, but it means the windows don’t need to be opened and the heat can remain in the home. The growth of mould and mildew is also prevented which means homeowners can avoid breathing in unhealthy mould spores, and having to use strong chemical mould and mildew removal products which are often harmful to the environment.
Cold Spots And Draughts Are Removed
With traditional windows or old windows, draughty spots in the home are common. These spots can cause the homeowner to turn the heating up to compensate for the extra draughts coming in to the home, which in turn causes the home to use more energy. With secondary glazing these cold spots are completely removed, heat is retained and the heating does not need to be turned up because of any draughts or cold spots.
If you’re interested in investing in environmentally friendly additions to your home, consider secondary glazing and enjoy the benefits of living in a green, secure, warm and attractive property.