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We all know that windows are important since our houses would be very dreary places without them. They let natural light in and are our portals to the outside world. However, not all windows are created equal, and depending on the condition and quality of your windows, how much mileage you get out of them can vary, especially during the winter season.

That’s because it’s often underestimated just how big a part windows play in regulating the temperature of your home. Not only that but they’re also a vital part of home security, as they can be a potentially vulnerable spot for attempted break-ins.

We’re going to take a look at everything you need to know to get the most from your windows or, for those shopping around, your best options for an upgrade. Here at Hoppy, we’re all about giving people the information they need to make the best possible decision when it comes to spending their hard-earned cash. Whether it’s a repair on a window, an electricity bill or a spot of gardening, knowing what’s out there can save you money by getting you the best possible fit for your individual needs.

How do you know when to replace or repair your windows?

The first step in knowing what’s right for your home is identifying whether there’s a problem in the first place. Assessing the condition of your windows is an important part of ensuring the comfort of your home remains optimal, as well as potentially saving a lot of money on heating bills. After all, you can forget about glazing if a window isn’t properly secure and is freely letting cold air into your property.

How can you tell if there’s an issue with your windows?

Well, you can start by simply having a thorough check. Specifically, you’re looking for any evidence of rot or damage, especially to the seal. Another thing to look out for are any chips in or around the glass. Any of these things could severely impact a window’s ability to do its job properly. It is also really important to remember that these kinds of issues tend to be progressive, so you’re not saving money in the long run, and could potentially cost yourself quite a bit by avoiding getting the work done early on.

Lots of things can damage your windows, including the weather, as well as problems in the home such as damp. Any impacts that the windows have had over the years may have caused previously unseen damage too. If nothing can be seen you can still potentially identify issues by trying to locate any draughts; this is easier to do in cold and windy weather.

To further check if there are any issues with your windows, testing them is as simple as opening and closing the window and looking out for any problems with the handle or issues in places you couldn’t see when the window was closed. Sometimes you can even see condensation forming between the panes of the glass in the window. This is a clear indication that the seal has failed, and this is something you’ll absolutely want to get repaired.

The benefits of glazier services

We’ve already mentioned how glazier services can save you money by avoiding the need for greater and more costly repairs further down the line. However, that’s not the only advantage of using the service, nor the only way in which it can save you money.

1. Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is really a double-barrelled issue, because the thing that’s costing you money is also what can make your home a less comfortable place to live. Whether it's through repair needs or general window quality, issues on both counts will cause your home to be colder, energy to be lost and heating bills to climb higher. You could end up more uncomfortable and out of pocket, and that’s not a situation anyone wants to experience.

By investing in high-quality windows, you can save money on your heating bills in the long run. So, it’s a good idea to think of glazier services as more than just a job that needs to be done, you should consider it an investment in your future comfort and energy usage. Most people understand this when it comes to repairs but when it comes to the differences in window quality, it can be somewhat less clear.

Why would one window be so much better than another? It’s all to do with the panes of glass that are used. Single glazing only uses a single pane of glass, as the name suggests. A 3 to 10 mm glass barrier between you and the outside world doesn’t do much to keep the heat in, nor the cold out. In fact, these windows can be 20 times less efficient than an insulated wall when it comes to energy loss. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to windows.

In contrast, double and triple glazing use multiple pieces of glass separated by a vacuum. Now, this is really what you’re paying for because the vacuum works as an insulating barrier, meaning that its thermal efficiency can improve by up to 100% with double glazing.

2. Noise reduction

A greater barrier between you and the outside world doesn’t just affect thermal efficiency, it also reduces noise. A bigger barrier blocking the sound means it will be quieter inside and if you live in a busy or congested area, then this nuisance can be improved by investing in better windows. If outside noise is something that prevents you from sleeping and it’s becoming a real problem for you, then the gap between the panes can be jammed with acoustic material to help improve matters further.

3. Safety

As you can imagine, a small single sheet of glass separating you and the outside world isn’t the safest thing in the world. The options for improving the security of your windows, not just in terms of preventing crime but also reducing accidents, are vast. You can talk through your options in more detail with an expert, but what kind of expert should you be talking to? That is where Hoppy can help.

How Hoppy can help

Hoppy make finding the right person for the job quick and simple thanks to our partnership with Rated People. There are over 50,000 vetted tradespeople signed up to Rated People and each job you post will be matched with up to three of them for you to pick from.

If you think that the quality of your windows could be improved, or you’ve noticed a repair that needs taking care of, let Hoppy help today.

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