The impact of windows

11 Jul

Windows are the eyes of a building and really can make or break a property. Not only that but they play a major role in not just the efficiency of heating our homes, but also how they look, how much noise they let in and much more.

window impact

the impact of a window

Room impact

What is the first thing you see when you walk into a room? The TV? The sofa? The fireplace? Probably none of these, you probably find that the first thing you notice is the amount of light in the room. Windows play a major role in how bright a room feels, how light and airy it feels and that’s often something we overlook. So your choice of window size can have a massive impact on how a room actually feels in your home. However, window size isn’t everything, certainly massive floor to ceiling windows are impressive and let lots of light in but the type of window you opt for has almost as much impact. Some styles and glass will let more light in than others.

Thermal impact

It’s well known and documented that windows potentially let out a lot of heat from our homes, which in turn means we need to constantly try to keep them warm which costs money. So your choice of window in your home can have a massive impact on the thermal rating of your home, which has a daily impact on your wallet. Most definitely an argument to move over to double glazing if you haven’t done so already, even more so with today’s heating bills.

Noise pollution

What actually separates you from all the noises outside your home? Essentially a few inches of brick work and glass. Windows, especially double-glazing, have a massive impact on the amount of noise that penetrates into your home. After all, we don’t want to hear people coming and going from home, we don’t want to hear the trains going past either and we most certainly don’t want to hear planes flying overhead (especially if you live on a flight path). With this in mind, you can see just how important your choice of windows can be, with some windows keeping noises out far more than others.  The impact of noise pollution on our home lives is only multiplied when you live in urban areas that can get quite noisy, so making a good choice in double glazing can mean a much quieter home life


2 Responses to “The impact of windows”

  1. Andrew Smith @onedegree July 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Windows do make a massive difference.

    In our back room, the windows and sky lights have made such a hugh impact to not only how the room looks (the larger windows, all glass doors, and skylights let in so so much light) but also to how warm it stays…

    Now all I have to do is clean them!

  2. Zeus @Sell Your House August 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    It seems almost daily this time of year that people are asking what they need to do to get their home ready to sell. Obviously, each home is different, but there are some items that almost all homeowners should consider.

    Still have the aluminum or old wood windows? You can often upgrade standard sized windows to vinyl for as little as $300 per window. Considering that the average home doesn’t have that many windows (6-8 perhaps, not including basement), you can replace your old windows for a lot less than you think.

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