With the media hype on how you can save energy, and because Gardinia Windows promote and sell these types of products, my wife Judith and I as the owners of Gardinia took the decision to upgrade our own windows.
We chose to install the most energy efficient windows we had on the Gardinia range.
It was quite pleasing to immediately realise that the investment has paid off. As Judith was taken aback by how different it felt in our lounge/dining room, being so much warmer. And in particular how quickly the room warmed up when she lit our fire, plus she noticed how much warmer it was when she stood at the windows looking out, as it used to be a lot cooler there.
Clearly, in spite of us selling this product, and now as users too, we can both categorically state for the records that we are certain that the benefits of exchanging the glass in our home has made a significant difference to our living conditions. Which is clearly going to save us a substantial amount on our fuel bills in the forthcoming years as prices of gas and electric rise.
We also had a further benefit, in that we chose to install soundproofing glass, because we live quite close to a fairly busy road, and we always complained about the noise. Which we are very happy to say has reduced by a major amount now.
Now The Techy Stuff:
The glass we used was both designed to be a soundproofing glass as well as an energy efficient glass too. In order for us to gain on the soundproofing front, we had to install a 6-mm thick glass outside, with a thinner glass to the inner pane. This means the two differing thickness’ of glass have dissimilar levels of resonance, or different vibration levels. Meaning, any noise vibrations hitting the glass from outside the home are initially absorbed into this thicker glass. As the noise attempts to pass further through the double glazed unit’s air space hitting the second pane of 4-mm glass the vibration effect is buffered and distorted, because the second pane of 4-mm glass will not reverberate at the same resonance as the outer pane of glass. This reduces the effect overall of any sound travelling through the double glazed unit by a significant amount.
The inner pane of glass has been designed with a reflector on the inside of the double glazed unit, this reflector is there to reflect the maximum amount of the heat your home produces back into the home, thus reducing your fuel bills.
The two glass panes are kept apart at the edges using a spacer bar, which sits between the glass and is covered with a sealant, which seals the edges of the glass. The spacer bar used in the energy efficient window is normally a soft material, as against using an aluminium spacer bar, which conducts heat and steals it from the home.
The gap between the glass was often, mistakenly thought by many to be a vacuum, but was actually simply the air we breathe. However with the advent of technology, the air space can be filled with either Argon or Krypton gas which are both inert gases and reduce the effect of heat transfer across the gap between the glass which increases the efficiency of the glass even further.
With the introduction of the above combination of glass and associated products, we as the owners of Gardinia Windows guarantee that you will see a vast difference in your home, in your energy bills and the comfort levels you live in by changing your glass. And the sooner you do it, then the old saying of “It will pay for itself” will become true for you.