How to keep your comfortable home for less
A core element in designing and building your dream home is getting the insulation right. There is nothing worse then being freezing cold during winter and boiling hot during summer. Relying on air conditioning to get it right. Not to mention the increased energy bills that go with it.
Wall, floor and ceiling insulation is common these days. In fact, you wouldn’t build without it. However, window and door insulation are a lot less common and definitely worth considering.
Windows and doors can let in up to 87% of heat during summer and let out up to 40% of heat during winter. Insulating your windows and doors is the last piece of the puzzle. This ensures your building envelope is completely insulated with no weak spots.
So how do you insulate your windows and doors?
There are two technologies that will improve the insulation of your home:
- ThermalHEARTTM thermally broken frames with double glazing; and
- ComfortEDGETM embedded frames with double glazing
Thermally broken frames are created using a polyamide strip between the aluminium exterior and interior elements. Polyamide is an excellent thermal insulator. The thermal break minimises the transfer of heat through the aluminium frame, giving windows and doors excellent insulation properties. Polyamide has very similar expansion rates to aluminium, ensuring extrusions maintain excellent structural integrity.
Embedded frames work by embedding the structural aluminium into the surrounding timber frame, reducing the exposed aluminium. This increases insulation and provides improved strength and durability.
Both thermally broken and embedded frames include double glazing for the ultimate in insulation. Double glazing combines two panes of glass, separated by a spacer. Aside from improving insulation, double glazing has also been known to reduce condensation and noise.
Each technology has a unique style. Thermally broken frames are big and bold, with the ability to select different colours on the frame internally and externally.
Whilst embedded frames are minimalist, they aim to showcase more of the view and less of the window and door. Both technologies are favoured by designers for their design flexibility.
Compared to your standard window and doors, these technologies will reduce your home’s reliance on both heating and cooling appliances year-round, allowing for better energy efficiency and comfort.