Take Advantage of This Retrofitting System to Reduce Heat Loss From Older Windows

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Wellington and its nearby cities, such as Palmerston North, may be located in the North Island, but that doesn’t mean residents don’t see their fair share of cold weather. Frosts are fairly common between May and September in many areas, and our notorious winter winds can often make it feel even colder than it is. The combination of winds and sometimes below-freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on a household’s heating bills, but did you know that there’s an easy step homeowners can take toward reducing them?

Aging windows and doors are a leading source of heat loss in the winter, particularly in older homes. New construction projects typically use double glazing in Wellington to mitigate the effects of heat loss. Double glazed windows work by trapping air or other heavy gases between the two panes of glass for added insulation. They allow as much sunlight to shine through as normal windows, but hold in heat much more effectively.

In addition to providing better insulation, leading to lower energy consumption, double glazed windows are also quite effective at reducing external noise and avoiding condensation buildup on the windows when it gets cold. In order to confer all of these benefits upon inhabitants, windows must be properly installed by a trained professionals and be comprised of multiple layers with good seals. This helps to keep out wind and moisture as well as cold air.

Unfortunately, those purchasing or already living in older homes often do not have the luxury of hiring someone to install entirely new windows. No one wants to continuously foot exorbitantly high energy bills, but new windows are also expensive. Retrofit double glazing costs in Wellington and the surrounding areas doesn’t have to be cost-prohibitive, though. Our technique for double glazing in Palmerston North can help reduce initial investment cost as well as long-term heating bills. When used in the context of retrofitting, it involves the replacement of exclusively less efficient single-glaze glass, instead of replacing the entire window.

If you’re looking into the cost of retrofit double glazing in Wellington,  our unique dry glaze system allows you to retrofit your home’s doors and windows to provide better insulation without having to replace them completely. Learn more about Thermawood’s revolutionary retrofitting techniques today at www.thermawood.co.nz.

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Tips to Bring Your Winter Energy Bills Down

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Let’s face it, most of us homeowners in Wellington, New Zealand, watch our energy bills escalate in winter but we see it as inevitable – we have to keep warm after all. Long, hot showers, electric blankets, central heating, space heaters all guzzle energy. But there is no need to accept higher energy bills as a necessary evil.

The fact is there plenty of simple, proven ways to cut energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are our best suggestion s for spending less on your energy bills this winter.

Top Tips To Bring Your Winter Energy Bills Down

Reduce Heat Loss through Windows and Doors

Reducing heat loss through windows and doors can greatly save you on heating bills. Make sure you cover your windows and doors as well as the surrounding wall with curtains and/or DIY film kits to eliminate heat loss.

Close Your Curtains At Dusk

Be sure to draw your curtains at dusk to keep the day’s heat. Use thick lined curtains that are well-fitting to cover the whole window or door.

Replace Old Inefficient Appliances

Energy-efficient home appliances can help you save on your energy bill. If you have an old, inefficient fridge or dishwasher, get rid of it and buy an ENERGY STAR-qualified model.

Use Your Appliances Efficiently

How you use your home appliances can also gave a big impact on your energy savings. So be sure to take steps to operate your appliances more efficiently. Some simple ways to ensure efficient of appliances include:

– scraping (instead of rinsing) food scraps off your dishes before loading
– always running your dishwasher with a full load
– letting your dishes air dry (rather than placing them on the drying rack)
– utilizing the economy setting on your dishwasher
– using cold water when doing laundry
– drying heavier clothing items and towels in a separate load from light-weight clothing items
– defrosting fridges and freezers
– making sure that the fridge door seals are airtight.

Unplug Home Entertainment Systems And Appliances

Unplugging home appliances and electronics, including TVs, game consoles, computer equipment and stereos, will allow you to save both energy and money. To make unplugging easy, consider using multi-plug boards that will allow you to turn off all of your appliances at the same time when not in use.

Use Heating Appliances Only When Needed

If you have heating devices such as a heated towel rail or space heater, only use them when needed. Alternatively, you can use timers that will allow them to come on automatically at specific times of the day.

Make sure your home’s central heating and hot water are off when you are out for the day.
And heat only the areas of the home you are using.

Reduce Your Hot Water Use

Minimise your hot water usage in your home to cut on energy bills. Specific tips for saving on hot water include: using cold washes when doing laundry on your washing machine, reducing your shower time and replacing the showerhead if it wastes water.

Replace Those Incandescent Light Bulbs

Replace all incandescent light bulbs with energy saving models like fluorescent lights or LED light bulbs.

Turn the lights off when you are not using them.

Keep Your Home Dry

Moisture trapped in your home typically increases your energy needs. So take steps to eliminate the dampness and moisture in your home to save on energy bills. Some tips for keeping your home moisture free include:

– fixing any broken or leaky pipes
– clearing and fixing gutters
– using a ground vapour barrier
– unblocking and clearing underfloor vents
– airing your home
– airing your bedding
– ventilating your bedroom
– drying clothes outside or using a vented clothes drier
– opening windows or using externally vented extraction vents and fans to get rid of moisture that accumulates during or after washing up, showering and cooking.

Draught-Proof Your Home

Take proactive steps to prevent draughts (currents of cold air that intrude into the house during winter) from entering your home. You can use excluder strips/draught stopping tape and expanding foam fillers to draught-proof windows, doors, loft hatches, ceiling-to-wall joints, and wall and ceiling fittings.

Put On a Cardigan

Turn down the thermostat and put on a cardigan or jumper to reduce your heating bill. Doing workouts will also raise your body temperature and eliminate the need to keep your rooms overheated.

Install Insulation

Add insulation onto your walls, loft under-floor, windows and doors to trap heat inside your house and reduce the need for heating. External solid-wall insulation will also improve your home’s weatherproofing and reduce condensation on internal surfaces to prevent dampness.

Retro-fit Double Glazing

Replacing all single-glazed windows with B-rated double glazing will not only help you achieve a quieter, drier and healthier home, but also allow you to reduce your energy bills and your greenhouse gas emissions. Generally, your windows are responsible for about 20% of heat loss in your home.

Retro-fit double glazing has been shown to increase window insulation in Wellington by more than 70%, minimising thermal transfer and making your house warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Installing retrofit double glazing windows into your home is one project you must consider this winter if you want to bring down your energy bills.

Retrofit double glazing cost Wellington estimates usually fall anywhere between $5000 and $10,000, but you could cut your energy bills by around $300 per year. You can expect the new double glazed windows Wellington systems to last for at least 25 years so your window upgrading project should pay for itself.

Thermawood Wairarapa Offers Top Notch Double Glazed Windows Wellington Services For Wairarapa, Palmerston North And The Greater Wellington

Thermawood Wairarapa are experts in double glazing for both new and existing homes, as well as commercial properties. We specialize in one of the best retro-fit double glazing systems – Thermawood. This patented system has been proven to significantly reduce heat loss, making for a warmer, drier and healthier home.

It utilizes a unique design that allows your existing timber-framed windows to retain their character while enhancing the comfort, warmth and soundproofing of your home. If you’re a resident in Wairarapa, Palmerston North or any location in the greater Wellington, we can come to you to show you how this systems at no cost to you.

Why not contact us today for free consultation. The team here at Thermawood Wairarapa are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about Thermawood Retrofit Double Glazing installations, and are ready to answer all your questions and ensure you can make informed decision.

We welcome enquiries regarding our services, including retrofit double glazing cost Wellington estimates, installation process and benefits to your home. Please feel free to call us on 0800 587 836 or visit our website – www.thermawoodwairarapa.co.nz.

Seven of The Easiest Home Renovations to Add Value to Your Property

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1. Street Appeal

Tidy up the front lawn, weed those flower beds, trim the hedges, cut back the trees especially if they have grown so tall they are threatening to damage the roof of the house or the fences. Trees are great for shade but if too large, too close to the house they become a potential hazard in a winter storm. Take a good look at your driveway and the entrance ways to your property. Getting the driveway or path repaired or relaid can make a huge difference to the street appeal of your home.

2. Update the bathroom

If the bathroom fixtures are not white they will be showing their age. Pink and green baths went out in the 70’s! A clean bathroom with no visible mould or mildew will help your house sell. If the grout is black and there are broken tiles the potential buyers will be put off. Most buyers like the flexibility of a bath and a shower especially if they have children.

They do not have to be in the same room, although a modern home with 3 or more bedrooms is expected to have two bathrooms. Something as simple as replacing the taps and the shower curtain could be enough to give the bathroom a much needed lift.

3.Open up the kitchen

Along with the bathroom, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home when it comes to buying and selling. Make sure the counter tops are not overcrowded, tidy up the cupboards (buyers will open them). If your kitchen and lounge are not one room consider knocking down a non-load bearing wall to open up the space and give the impression of more room. Do you need to replace the oven, stove top or dishwasher?

4. Paint

A fresh coat of paint will freshen up a home. Remember to prepare all walls and frames first, filling any holes and repairing any damage. Choose neutral colours to appeal to most people. You can always accessorise with brightly coloured cushions, throws or ornaments to add a splash of colour.

5. Clean, clean, clean!

Although not strictly a renovation project, giving your home a thorough top to toe clean will enhance the overall appeal of your home. A clean home is a cared for home. Employ the services of a professional company for a deep clean.

6.Update flooring

If you have dated or worn carpet then it may be advisable to replace it. Choose hard wood floors for an easier to clean and more modern feel. Although many buyers still prefer carpeted bedrooms for warmth. You can always add rugs to hard floors to soften the look and add that feeling of warmth.

7. Repaint, repair or replace windows

If you have wooden windows then a quick repaint can update their tired appearance quite easily. Consider replacing with double glazing to add energy efficiency to your homes appeal. You can even retrofit double glazing to existing windows to retain their character (handy in New Zealand where there are many character homes).

To add value to your home consider the cost of retrofit double glazing as a cost effective way to add value to your property. Contact Thermawood at www.thermawoodwairarapa.co.nz for advice and a quote on how existing timber joinery in Wellington can be retained in character homes. Thermawood can also offer advice on window insulation for Wellington climate.

The Top 10 Things Buyers Look for in a New Home

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Buying and selling a house are two of the most stressful activities you will ever do. Everyone has different tastes and desires when it comes to their homes. If you are trying to sell your home then there are a few things you can do to help find those buyers and get your house sold as quickly as possible.

The top 10 things buyers are looking for in a new home include:

1. modern kitchen

2. updated bathroom

3. outdoor area

5. safe and secure

6. warm in winter/cool in summer

7. number of bedrooms

8. close to amenities

9. storage/garage

10. well maintained and presented

A spacious and/or well organised kitchen with modern appliances will be attractive to new buyers especially if they have a high energy efficiency rating. An old bathroom with out-dated fixtures and fittings will have most prospective buyers thinking about the costs of updating the bathroom. If more than 3 bedrooms most buyers would be expecting to see an ensuite in the master bedroom.

Different buyers will have a variety of needs when it comes to outdoor areas. Some will prefer a low maintenance yard with little or no planting to look after. Whilst others will be looking for extensive lawns for cricket games with room for a vegetable garden, a chicken run and a children’s playground! You cannot alter the space you have only make it attractive to as many buyers as possible.

Keeping the gardens tidy will make them look easy to maintain. A fully fenced section will be attractive to those buyers with pets and/or children. Outdoor areas should also be attractive as entertaining areas so some sort of gazebo or pergola is ideal for that extra room feel and for sun/weather protection.

Buyers will look at the windows, doors and fencing to make sure they are safe and in good condition for security. Another aspect with windows is their state of repair and whether they are double glazed and will assist with reducing heat transfer and keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer.

Air conditioning/heat pumps are a useful addition even if log burners are available. You cannot change the number of bedrooms your home has but you can stage each room as a bedroom to show its size rather than having one as an office and one as a gym etc. buyers need to see beds in bedrooms to give them an idea of size.

Proximity to amenities will depend on whether the family has children or not or plans to. Being close to local schools and transport routes will be a bonus for your home for many buyers. Access to doctors and supermarkets are also considerations that prospective buyers will weigh up when deciding which homes to add to their wishlist. Many people have lots of belongings and maybe one or two vehicles so keeping you home and garage free of clutter while it is on the market will not give the impression of a lack of storage.

Not everyone wants to buy a doer upper so fix any maintenance issues prior to listing your home for sale. Fix any broken windows, paint in neutral colours any rooms that need tidying up, weed the garden beds, mow the lawns and clean, clean, clean!

Double glazed wooden windows in Wellington can be very attractive to prospective buyers as they help regulate temperatures inside the home and look fabulous retaining the original wooden frames. Thermawood are experienced double glazing Wellington specialists who can retrofit double glazing to your existing windows. Contact Thermawood www.thermawoodwairarapa.co.nz for retrofit double glazing cost around Wellington.

Add Value to Your Home with These Home Renovation Ideas

 

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When looking to add value to their Wellington home, owners often look for ways to improve the general appearance or efficiency of their house. Options can include a new roof, painting, landscaping, a new fence or perhaps new windows to help improve insulation and reduce electricity costs. Each of these can be expensive and with improvements it is important to not spend more on the work than the projected increase in value.

One way to add value to your home is to make it as efficient as possible. An easy way to do this is to reduce your electricity and energy costs. A well-insulated home is perfect for keeping electricity costs because insulation will reduce your heating and air conditioning use. Wall, underfloor, roof/ceiling and window insulation will all help a home to be warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Here are some interesting statistics around the percentages of heat lost that can occur in a standard Wellington home:

– Ceilings: 18 to 25%

– Walls: 18 to 25%

– Floors: 12 to 14%

– Windows: 21 to 31%

Adding or replacing ceiling and floor insulation is probably the easiest and cheapest way to improve your home insulation based on access and material costs. During a period of home renovation would be the best time to add insulation to walls although some systems allow for minimal damage to existing walls.

Once you have upgraded your insulation then look at the windows and doors in your home as this is where the majority of the heat escapes from. Original single paned glass windows are poor insulators so one option is to completely replace all your windows with new double glazed windows.

Benefits of double glazing existing windows in Wellington home

– warmer

– drier

– healthier

– quieter

– reduced energy costs

– protection for soft furnishings from ultraviolet (UV) radiation

– safer, more secure

A double glazing system consists of two panes of glass separated by a 6 to 12mm gap which can be filled with air or argon (an insulating gas). Double glazing can reduce (in some cases eliminate) condensation, resulting in a drier, healthier home free from mould growth. Using a laminated pane on the internal side of the double glazing panels can reduce noise levels by up to 70% (great if home near road, school, busy industrial or commercial area or noisy neighbours).

Double glazing retains heat so your electricity bills will be reduced. Choosing the right double glazing panels can reduce UV damage to furniture and curtains. The internal laminate panes are harder to break, so safer from accidental damage and potential burglars.

If you have a older Wellington home and want to keep your existing wood framed windows than a retrofit system of double glazing panels allows original feature glazed panels to be fitted between the new panes, thus preserving the leadlight features. Thermawood use 100% New Zealand-made products when retrofitting double glazing panels to a home’s existing wooden frame work, including double hung and casement windows.

Thermawood are Wellington based double glazing specialist, so for a warmer, drier, healthier, quieter and more efficient home visit www.thermawoodwairarapa.co.nz for a free, no obligation consultation. Thermawood provide new window insulation throughout the Wellington region so give them a call to find out how you can add value and comfort to your home.

Add Value To Your Home with These Home Renovation Ideas

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Did you know that home improvements could add as much as $60,000 dollars to your property? Creating additional space by adding a conservatory for example can make your property more attractive as well as increase the value of your home. If you are thinking about increasing the value of your Wellington home then there are some design features you can incorporate into your home that will provide you with more bang for your buck.

1. New windows and doors

Windows and doors can seriously improve your curb appeal and increase the value of your property. Retrofit double glazing windows in Wellington are extremely popular with house hunters looking for properties, and if your home has these design features you can certainly make extra money on your home.

Then there’s all the other benefits that come with new windows and doors. Want to insulate your home? New doors and windows can help to keep the heat in during the winter months and keep your home nice and cool during the summer. Want to reduce noise pollution?

New windows and doors can ensure the privacy of your family and reduce noise from neighbours and the road outside. Remember to choose a retrofit double glazing company in Wellington that you can trust. Here are some things to remember: Always choose a Wellington double glazing company that has an excellent track record and a firm that will provide you with excellent customer service and good value for money.

2. New conservatory

Incorporating a new conservatory into your home can increase property value, especially as this feature is often desired by home buyers. Conservatories come in all shapes and sizes but will provide your family somewhere to sit, relax and look out at your garden.

The same rules apply when buying a new conservatory: Always choose a company that will provide you with excellent standards of customer service and make sure you obtain a full and final quote before you go any further. A price comparison website will enable you to find the best conservatory-building services in Wellington.

3. Improve your garden

Improving your garden doesn’t have to break the bank and making some small landscape changes could seriously improve the appearance of your property. Whether it’s new plants, a new lawn or decorative items like water features, improving your garden can make your home more attractive to home buyers in Wellington.

The result? Your property could sell at a higher price tag. Enlisting the services of a landscape gardener can help you here. Don’t want to spend time watering plants or tending to your garden? Make sure you choose low-maintenance design styles that won’t take up too much of your time.

Looking for retrofit windows that could make your property more desirable to homebuyers? Head over to www.thermawoodwairarapa.co.nz, the online home of Thermawood – the Wellington double glazing experts that can help you achieve a warmer, healthier, drier home. Visit their website to find out more about their services or contact a member of staff to obtain a quote for double glazed windows Wellington.

How to Keep Your Wellington Home Warm & Dry

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Winters in Wellington can get pretty cold and windy. For the sake of your home, and health make sure your home is warm and dry. As well as causing illnesses a cold or damp house will create mould which can damage the walls and structure of your home . In order to keep your house warm and dry you need to have quality heating and insulation systems in place.

One of the best ways to make your house warm & dry is to have your windows and doors double glazed. Double glazed windows trap a layer of air between two layers of glass. This helps keep the heat inside your home, keeping it warm and dry in winter and cool in summer. Even the smallest gaps between doors or windows can cause your home to lose a lot of heat so make sure these gaps are insulated.

Properly insulating your home also means that your heating and energy bills will reduce, saving you money in the long term. Thinking of insulating the windows & doors of your Wellington home? Read more about the great benefits of double glazed or retrofitted windows below:

Reduces noise

Installing double glazing in Wellington homes creates a barrier between the internal environment of your home and the noise outside. Noise finds it hard to filter through the double layer of glass and the layer of air, which results in significant noise reduction.

Minimises condensation

Condensation happens when moisture from the outside your home comes into contact with a warm surface. This moisture turns to water droplets which turns into frost during the winters. This frost causes a reduction in room temperature, making it much colder inside. Double glazed windows and doors prevent condensation making your home a much drier and warmer place to be.

Better security for your home

Double glazed windows are proven to be an effective deterrent against intruders. They are much harder to break than single pane windows and even if the windows are broken; the shards of glass will stay intact which discourages intruders from entering through the windows. Investing in double glazed windows and doors for your Wellington home or business provides peace of mind, a warm home and lower energy bills.

Find out how you can retrofit your existing windows or upgrade to new double glazed windows easily with Thermawood Wairarapa. These local window & door insulation specialists install and retrofit double glazing throughout the Wellington region, including Palmerston North. Visit the Thermawood website today at www.thermawoodwairarapa.co.nz for more information and advice on keeping your home warm & dry.