It?s probably not the first thing that springs to your mind when you?re considering a double glazing investment.

But double glazing does help the environment and gives your home greater energy efficiency.

So how does this all work? A double glazed unit is made up of two panes of glass, separated by a spacer or ?air gap?.

This gap can be anything from as small as 6mm or as large as 28mm. It?s all down to personal preference and how much money you are willing to part with.

The gap is filled with a motionless gas – xenon, krypton and argon being the most popular.

What the double panes and gas achieve, is reduced heat loss through your windows. Firstly, this has the obvious benefit of cutting down your annual energy bills, as you?ll need less heat to warm your home.

But it also aids the environment, as less carbon dioxide emissions will be created when you don?t need to use the central heating system all the time.

It?s these carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, so by reducing them in your home, you?re effectively saving the planet. This gives you a smaller carbon footprint.

It?s not just in the winter that you?ll benefit from this. In the summer also, you won?t need to run an air conditioning unit as often, as heat won?t be able to penetrate the double glazing unit.

So really, you?re saving the environment all year round with double glazing.

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