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Sustainable Thinking to Rewind Climate Change 

Jason Ratcliffe is the Rewind Radio Sustainability Expert for home and business premises. 

Whether you are a nature lover like myself or you want to protect your wallet and the planet for generations to come. Sustainability is a key element in our everyday lives, and is something that will both aid in the preservation of nature and our planet, as well as saving you money! 

Every home and business premises on the planet has some form of carbon footprint. However, in the UK this is a noticeable footprint and there are many ways in which we can all do our bit, the first step is knowing how and this is what I am here to share with you. 

The cost of living is on the rise and it has become every more expensive to maintain a healthy and comfortable living temperature within our homes and places of work. This affects how we feel, how we behave and our productivity. 

Business owners may wish to consider investing in sustainable solutions such as upgraded insulation and heating systems, along with encouraging cycling or walking to work where possible. This increases productivity and well-being of staff, therefore increasing potential business growth as well as helping out our little blue planet. 

Each home and business premises is unique and will require its own individual solutions to these issues. 

Which is why Steren Surveyors provides sustainability feasibility inspections, thermographic inspections and project management to support clients through this transformation process. 

 

Double vs. Triple Glazing: Which is Better for Your Home?

 

When it comes to upgrading your windows for improved energy efficiency and comfort, the debate between double and triple glazing often arises. Both options offer benefits, but understanding the differences can help you make the right choice for your home. Let's delve into the comparison to determine which option may be better suited for you:

Option 1: Double Glazing:

Double glazing consists of two glass panes separated by a vacuum or inert gas, such as argon, within a sealed unit. Here are some key benefits of double glazing:

1. Energy Efficiency: Double glazing provides better insulation compared to single glazing, reducing heat loss and helping to keep your home warmer in winter, by preventing heat transfer out of the home and (potentially) cooler in summer with such technologies as Smart Glass (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950061822009990).

2. Noise Reduction: The additional layer of glass and the vacuum in double glazing helps to reduce outside noise, creating a quieter and more peaceful indoor environment.

3. Cost-Effectiveness: Double glazing is generally more affordable than triple glazing, making it a popular choice for homeowners looking to improve energy efficiency without breaking the bank.

Option 2: Triple Glazing:

Triple glazing, as the name suggests, consists of three glass panes separated by two layers of a vaccum or gas. Here are the advantages of triple glazing:

1. Enhanced Insulation: With an extra layer of glass and an additional vacuum, triple glazing offers superior thermal insulation compared to double glazing. This can result in further reductions in heat loss and energy consumption, leading to lower heating bills.

2. Increased Comfort: Triple glazing helps to maintain more consistent indoor temperatures, reducing cold spots near windows and eliminating draughts and reducing black spot mould growth, thus enhancing overall comfort levels in the home.

3. Improved Soundproofing: While double glazing already offers sound reduction benefits, triple glazing provides even greater noise insulation, making it an excellent choice for homes located in noisy areas or near busy roads.

But, Which is Better for Your home? 

The choice between double and triple glazing ultimately depends on various factors, including:

- Climate: In colder climates with harsh winters, triple glazing may provide significant energy savings and comfort benefits. However, in milder climates, double glazing may be sufficient.

- Budget: Triple glazing typically comes with a higher upfront cost compared to double glazing. Consider your budget and weigh the long-term energy savings against the initial investment.

- Property Type: The age and style of your home can also influence your decision. Older properties may benefit more from triple glazing to improve insulation and reduce energy loss.

In summary, both double and triple glazing offer advantages in terms of energy efficiency, comfort, and noise reduction. Evaluate your specific requirements, climate conditions, and budget constraints to determine which option best meets your needs. Consulting with a reputable window supplier or energy efficiency expert can also provide valuable insights and guidance tailored to your home's requirements. Ultimately, investing in high-quality, energy-efficient windows will not only enhance the comfort and value of your home but also contribute to a more sustainable future and potentially reduce your energy costs.

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