Alternatives to Insulated Glass Replacement Alternatives to Insulated Glass Replacement
When you find damage on your double glazing, you may think you have no option but insulated glass replacement. However, you can consider a few alternatives to address the problems with your double glazing. Replacing both panes of glass can be costly. These alternatives cannot help a really large problem, but they may delay insulated glass replacement if the flaws in your panes are small.
Reflective Window Films
One of the items you might like to use is a reflective window film. The film can help if you don't want to replace all of your windows, but you still want to save energy by preventing heat from escaping through the windows. Adding film to a window allows it to reflect the heat back into the home. This film also helps to prevent the house from overheating in summer; therefore the reflective material can prevent you from using too much air conditioning in your home. Reflective window film can cost less than $100 per window pane and may last for 5 years or more. Using this film will help you to keep your insulating up to date without insulated glass replacement.
Insulating drapes are another modern invention which can help you save money. Insulating drapes can cover the whole window and keep heat in. Some people estimate that good use of a heat insulation device can help you to cut heat loss by nearly 50 percent and can also help to keep heat out during the summer. However, you will have to fit the drapes very closely to the window, in order to prevent a "tunnel" effect that can cause heat to be driven towards the window.
Plastic Panels and Weather-Stripping
To avoid insulated glass replacement, you could add a second layer of insulation with a plastic panel. These panels fit onto the window in front of the glass and serve as an extra layer which can trap heat in between the windows. You might be able to find plastic sheets which you can seal into the window with a metal frame during the winter, and then easily remove for the summer.
You may also consider weather-stripping the outside of the window. Do this by removing the sash and cleaning the rails. Then put interlocking rails on the sash and fit the pieces together again. You may also find a layer of caulk along the edge of the windows helps to keep cold out and warmth in.