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Autor: | Dienstag, 22. März 2011 | Kommentare

Not only is “going green” good for the environment, it’s also good for your billfold! An ideal way to do this is to have your home fitted with energy-saving windows.

In addition to things such as design and climate, you will also need to consider which type of window will best suit your needs.

Here are a few energy-saving options:

Glazing (double or triple): Double glazing means that the window has two layers of glass with a gap between them. You also have the option of triple glazing (three layers of glass).

Solar Coating/Low E Glass: This works by reflecting heat back to its source (rather than through the window). There is a thin metallic coating on the glass.  Light can pass though, but UV rays are partially blocked. There are two types: hard coat and soft coat.

Argon Gas: These are double-paned windows, with argon gas in the centre.  The gas is non-toxic, and functions as an insulator. These are generally the most expensive option, but are also the biggest money-savers in the long term.

It’s important to do your research, shop around and talk to professionals. Window replacement is not a DIY job – it’s best left to the pros!

Can’t afford to replace your windows right now? Try these short-term solutions:

-Use door compressions seals and thermal curtain-linings.
-Use draught excluders along ledges.

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