With the current newspaper column inches being filled with doom and gloom about the increased cost of living, many of us are looking at any opportunity to potentially reduce energy costs. Not everyone can afford a new house or complete replacement solution and so products such as retrofitted double-glazing will be a more affordable option for many people.
Winterglaze® retrofit double glazing and secondary glazing are custom-fitted to a window or door and are options that will make a home warmer, drier, and more comfortable. They are designed to reduce heat loss through inefficient single-pane windows, which predominantly have been the typical windows installed in NZ homes.
The Winterglaze Retrofit Double Glazing System fits into an existing window replacing the single pane of glass, with a high-quality Insulating Glass Unit (IGU) which is completely integrated into the joinery. A single glass windowpane, unfortunately, provides a very efficient heat conductor which rapidly transfers heat to the outside environment. By installing a double pane of glass with a layer or pocket of air (or gas) sealed in the middle, this separation improves the insulation properties of the window dramatically and reduces heat loss. These high-quality New Zealand manufactured Insulating Glass Units can reduce heat loss through windows by over 70% if a gas such as Argon, is combined with specialised glass in the finished Insulated Double-Glazed Unit.
This product is only available through authorised HomePlus Winterglaze® dealers, who have the knowledge and expertise to advise and install the correct configuration. The retrofit units are manufactured from high-quality components and have been designed to incorporate ventilation, to reduce fogging, which can be a common issue with other secondary glazing products. The NZ manufactured Insulated Glass Units, which are vital to the quality of insulation offered are backed by the nationwide HomePlus group, and also come with a 5-year warranty.
While most people would associate the biggest benefits of retrofit double glazing with being in the colder months, there are some huge advantages for the hot and sticky summer months also. Its design will help to keep a home cooler in the summer by reducing the transfer of heat from the outside to the inside. It also helps in maintaining a more stable indoor temperature, reducing the need for air conditioning and ultimately lowering energy bills. Noise reduction is also a huge bonus enabling a more peaceful indoor environment
This type of solution offers real and tangible benefits for New Zealand customers and is a product that will deliver actual energy cost savings and potential environmental health improvements wherever installed.