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
– 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.