There is no doubt that the cost of energy is an emotive subject. In addition, there is a strong lobby of environmentalists who are keen to persuade everyone to reduce their personal carbon footprint. They hope that more and more houses will become more eco friendly and that energy consumption as a whole will be reduced. Both these factors are good reasons why every family needs to look at their homes and make improvements to reduce overall annual energy costs.
One of the best ways to do that is by improving the property’s insulation and reducing any loss of heat between doors and windows and their respective frames. In newly built houses that should not be a problem; many come with double glazing and manmade UPVC doors and windows as standard. That should ensure there are no unnecessary draughts.
Many older houses still have wooden doors and windows. No matter how well a house is maintained, wood will lose its shape over time; it is susceptible to damage and needs constant attention. That is not the case with something like UPVC. It can be moulded to any specification, manufactured in any colour, even wood-effect, it is durable and virtually maintenance free. Websites like www.windowstoreplastics.co.uk show the sort of products that are now available.
Investment Pays Off
From an owner’s point of view there is more than the environment and energy bills to consider when it comes to the house. The property market has had its problems in recent years and those people looking to sell found ever more discerning buyers. Even if selling is the last thing on an owner’s mind, it makes sense for everyone to do things that will add to a property’s value simply to protect and enhance the investment. Buyers will tend to look for homes that are modern, well insulated and economic to run. These factors will all add to the attractiveness of a property and logically its value.
Double glazing certainly makes sense and adds to the ability of the building to retain heat. It has no disadvantages to consider. The only question is where to go to buy it? As with every consumer product, there are differences in quality and ultimately it is for the consumer to decide what to buy. The buying decision should be based upon the need for quality, insulation and security. Modern double glazed windows with the latest security locks fitted can be a barrier to people seeking unauthorised access to the house. They keep the thief out and the heat in.
A good website should explain what is on offer. Any thoughts of home improvement can be researched online without the pressure of a salesman pushing for a deal. The information available can be considered over time with opportunity to ask questions without any obligation; and to get the answers.