9 Office Upgrades to Increase Employee Productivity

  • By T EWING
  • 22 Jun, 2017
Nine office upgrades to increase employee productivity by Glaze & Save, bespoke magnetic secondary glazing and draught proofing based in Perth, Scotland

Making small changes to your office space and business practices can make a huge difference in the productivity and wellbeing of your employees. And as it continues to be proven time and again, one of the best ways in which to improve the profitability of your company is to have employees work more effectively and efficiently, rather than expecting working hours to increase. So here are a few things that you can do in the workplace that will improve employee productivity and lead to greater profitability for you.

1.     Embrace natural lighting

Not only is fluorescent lighting a major cause of headaches and eye strain, it has also been shown to cause depression! No one enjoys working under fluorescent lights, so wherever possible, stick to natural daylight and watch you employee productivity soar. If you can’t go all the way with day light, then consider encouraging employees to take regular breaks outside, and consider installing energy efficient (and healthier) LED lighting for a softer and less detrimental artificial light.

 

2.     Get into Goal Setting

Nothing focuses people like knowing why they are working for something and what the ultimate outcome is going to be. Make sure that you give your teams goals and objectives to meet, with a robust system of measurement in place in order to ensure that your employees know how to continue to move forward. Making your office goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, Time-limited) will ensure the best outcomes for you and your colleagues.

 

3.     Reduce noise pollution

We have already blogged about the ways in which noise pollution can affect your employee productivity, but it really does bear repeating! Overcome the niggles, and often more serious health concerns, associated with noise pollution by investing in quality secondary glazing such as Glaze & Save InvisiTherm to reduce noise pollution by a minimum of 48%.

 

4.     Ensure good air quality

It’s equally important that you ensure the air quality of the office is good. Ill-fitting windows can increase the influx of pollution from outside to inside, so it is important to invest in a secondary glazing product that effectively seals the area such as InvisiTherm. Then, in order to improve indoor air quality, invest in pollution catchers to clear pollutants from the air.

 

5.     Reward a job well done

Making sure that your employees are well paid with good incentives is just the tip of the iceberg. Reward teams for good performance; invest in company nights out and events to reward staff and boost morale; consider other perks of the job that will make your employees healthier, happier and ultimately more productive. Healthcare, childcare, gym memberships and cycle to work schemes are just some of the extra rewards that will encourage employee loyalty.

 

6.     Keep your office comfy

Well not too comfy! But having a comfortable work station with ergonomically designed desks, chairs and computer stations will make your employee’s day more comfortable, and greater comfort means greater productivity.

 

7.     Or offer home working instead!

Allowing remote working is not only cheaper and more energy efficient for your business, but it can also boost staff morale; allowing for more time with family or pets. It also allows your employees to avoid the dreaded rush hour commute, meaning that as soon as your employee clocks on, they are fresh, raring and ready to go- instead of dealing with the stress of an hour on the train or a walk in the rain! Home workers might even be more willing to convert some of those saved commuting hours into some extra working hours for the business. However…

 

8.     Set out clear and defined working hours

Everyone needs to pull a few extra hours out of the bag at the office from time to time. However, it is important to establish a culture of defined working hours: the old adage of “first in, last out” is really an example of presenteeism (i.e. being at work but not necessarily doing anything useful!) and most studies show that staying late at work is subject to the law of diminishing returns. Set clear hours and get the most out of your employees between those times.

 

9.     Invest in draught proofing

There can be few things more off putting in the workplace than dealing with a cold draught on the back of your neck! Not only that, but draughty workplaces can lead to staff illness and discomfort. It can even be a source of noise pollution! A well draught proofed office will ensure comfortable, predictable air flow and a higher level of comfort for staff. If you have metal windows, rent your office space or simply want a non-invasive draught proofing solution, consider Glaze & Save InvisiSeal; rubberised liquid silicone draught proofing that creates a complete seal around windows and doors without causing any damage to your original windows.

By T EWING 21 Sep, 2017

Historic buildings, and the glaze that comes with them, have often been seen as problematic properties requiring excessive utilities and invasive solutions to bring them up to speed with modern innovations in energy efficiency and thermal comfort. It’s a sad fact that this attitude has led to the degradation and destruction of much of our built heritage. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

For historic buildings, where the retention of original features and fabric is paramount, secondary glazing allows the original windows to be retained in their unaltered state; reducing air leakages and heat losses while retaining the historic fabric of the building. Heat loss by conduction and radiation through windows can be reduced by over 60% by using secondary glazing. The innovative polycarbonate material that makes InvisiTherm™ boasts reduction in heat loss of up to 63%.

But thermal efficiency without compromising the integrity of your original windows is not the only reason to choose a secondary glazing product like InvisiTherm™. Unlike double glazing, InvisiTherm™ can offer numerous other benefits to the historic building.

What is Secondary Glazing?

Secondary glazing is an entirely independent glazing system affixed to the interior of existing windows. The original window remains in its original position, and can be left untreated, or restored with draught-proofing treatments such as Glaze & Save InvisiSeal™.

Secondary glazing has suffered from something of a bad reputation in the past. Bulky aluminium frames, heavy glass panels, and ugly intrusive fixtures and fittings rendered secondary glazing the poor relation to double glazing. Glaze & Save InvisiTherm™ changes all of that. Our demountable polycarbonate panels are lightweight and easy to remove, and our innovative magnetic strip ensures that there are no bulky frames and unsightly fittings. Our bespoke systems are virtually invisible once affixed to your window, making them perfect for retaining the charm and beauty of your historic building.

So let’s get to those reasons as to why Invisitherm™ bespoke magnetic secondary glazing is the best choice for historic buildings.

By T EWING 19 Sep, 2017

Fuel Poverty is a serious problem in Scotland. As energy tariffs get higher and wages stagnate, more and more households find themselves struggling to cope with the monthly or quarterly utility bills and can end up in fuel debt, ill health, or living in homes which are just too cold. Inspired by some great training and advice from Home Energy Scotland Strathclyde and Central , today’s blog takes a look at what Fuel Poverty is, what causes it, what its effects and impact is across the country, and what we can do to stop it.

The U.K as a whole is the “cold man of Europe” , where we rank 14th out of 16 for fuel poverty in Western Europe, and a worrying 16th out of 16 for the proportion of people who cannot afford to adequately heat their homes. 

What is Fuel Poverty?

It’s easy to talk about “fuel poverty” but what do we actually mean by the term? Energy Action Scotland , which Glaze & Save is a member of, uses the Scottish Government’s definition:

A household is in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime, it would be required to spend more than 10% of its income on all household fuel use.

A household is also said to be in extreme fuel poverty if it is required to spend more than 20% of household income on all household fuel use.

As of 2015, there were 748,000 households in fuel poverty with 203,000 households identified as being in extreme fuel poverty.

What is a “Satisfactory Heating Regime”?

To maintain a satisfactory heating regime, the Scottish Government states that the following conditions must be met :

The currently accepted, satisfactory heating regime means achieving for elderly and infirm households a temperature of 23°C in the living room and 18°C in other rooms, for 16 hours in every 24. For other households a temperature of 21°C in the living room and 18°C in other rooms should be achieved, for a period of 9 hours in every 24 (or 16 in 24 over the weekend) - with 2 hours being in the morning and 7 hours in the evening.

Does your household meet the satisfactory heating regime?

Of course, the actual heat of the household, real and perceived, will depend on many different factors such as the preferred thermal comfort of the home; the make-up of the household (babies, the elderly, working adults, etc.); the type of heating available in the household; the weather; the number of occupants of the household; the energy efficiency of the property and the affordability of the available heating methods.

Although official figures are lower, the End Fuel Poverty Coalition  puts the number of ‘fuel poor’ households in the UK at 4.5 million. Many people are spending more than they can afford, or going without what most consider a basic human need.

Fuel Poverty is about more than just feeling the cold. Ongoing fuel poverty can lead to a host of negatives issues arising, such as householders need to make the choice between heating and eating; the accumulation of fuel debt; physical and mental health issues; disrepair of properties and householders and their families being forced to make other sacrifices (such as going without holidays, new clothes, etc.). In all, an existence in fuel poverty is not a happy or healthy one. In fact, there is a proven link between fuel poverty and cardiovascular, circulatory and respiratory diseases .

What causes Fuel Poverty?

While many people would automatically blame ever-rising fuel prices as the main cause of fuel poverty, there are actually several other factors that contribute to the incidence of fuel poverty. These other factors are arguably more easily tackled than rising fuel costs!

Other factors that influence fuel poverty include:

·      Lower incomes

·      Poor energy efficiency of properties

·      Under occupancy of homes

·      Aging population who generally require warmer household temperatures.

·      Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency and fuel poverty are inextricably linked. According to the End Fuel Poverty Coalition , 96% of fuel poor homes in the U.K are poorly insulated, and there are 21 million homes in the U.K with poor energy efficiency (defined as being below a Band C on an Energy Performance Certificate. You can find out more about Energy Performance Certificates here ).

The Energy Saving Trust estimates the percentage of heat lost from various areas of a house as follows:

·      Walls 33%

·      Roof 26%

·      Windows 18%

·      Doors 3%

·      Floors 8%

·      Draughts 12%

Of course, these figures depend on the type of property you live in and the type of energy efficiency measures you already have installed, but it is easy to see how important retrofitting energy efficient measures to your home can be for tackling fuel poverty in the home.

The Government’s Role in Tackling Fuel Poverty

According to the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 , the Scottish Government is was required to eradicate fuel poverty as far as reasonably practicable by November 2016. That target has not been met and a new target is to be announced in autumn 2017. http://www.eas.org.uk/en/target-to-eradicate-fuel-poverty-in-scotland_50553/

Local authorities also have a duty to tackle fuel poverty through their Local Housing Strategies .

What can Individuals do to Tackle Fuel Poverty?

While the main causes of fuel poverty, rising fuel costs and lower wages, isn’t necessarily something we can do much about individually, there are still several steps you can take to tackle fuel poverty.

·       Contact Home Energy Scotland for a Home Energy Check   During the Home Energy Check, the staff at Home Energy Scotland will make you aware of energy efficiency measures that you can carry out, changes in behaviour that could save you money, and link you up with potential funding options to help make your home more energy efficient.

·       Adopt more energy efficient behaviours   For example, making simple behavioural changes such as turning off appliances and closing curtains before dusk can save you £130 per year.

·       Consider retrofitting energy efficient technologies in your home For example, Glaze & Save InvisiTherm reduces heating bills by 22.5% in rooms with treated windows.

·       Maximise your income  Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau to find out which benefits you may be entitled to.

·       Switch you energy supplier  Using a comparison site makes it easy to find the best energy deal.

By T EWING 14 Sep, 2017

Traditional windows can last you a life time, but only if you know how to maintain and look after them correctly. Decay and deterioration is inevitable with traditional windows because of the climate, wear and tear, etc., but this does not mean that you need to give up your original windows, or that maintaining your windows needs to be a difficult endeavor.

Problems to look out for

The most common problems associated with the degradation of traditional wood sash and case windows often ultimately comes down to poor maintenance. These problems can include stuck sashes, degradation of the joints, and rotting of the timber. Left long enough, these issues can develop into the requirement for a full window restoration.

Things to look out for:

·    Cracked or flaking paintwork

·    Stuck sashes

·    Deteriorated putty

·    Broken cords

·    Rotting wood

It’s also worth bearing in mind that the location of your property and climate will affect the level of maintenance and sometimes even the specific types of maintenance required. Windows in a north facing position tend to be much better sheltered from wind and rain that their south facing counterparts and there deteriorate at a much slower pace.

Steps to maintaining your windows

Cleaning

No one wants to add to their cleaning routine, but taking regular time to clean the timber surfaces and glass of your traditional window will not only approve the appearance and functionality of the window, it will also give you the opportunity to look for emerging issues like rotting wood or fraying sashes.

Inspecting the sash cord and pulley wheels, as well and looking over any draught proofing or weather sealing will ensure that you are making the most of your cleaning time.

Cleaning your wooden windows doesn’t require any specialist equipment, just some time and TLC. Removing any larger pieces of dirt or debris with a vacuum cleaner will ensure that you do not scratch of damage your frames and makes for an easier clean.

Fill a bucket with warm water and add a couple of drops of washing up liquid, or better yet, use a specific wood cleaner and use a well-wrung clean sponge to remove the bulk of the grime. It is important to make sure that the sponge is not soaking wet as this can damage the wood. Clean details with a toothbrush and buff dry with a soft cloth.

Avoid standing on chairs when cleaning windows, especially if there are water spillages!

 

Painting

Of course, cleaning and regularly inspecting your wood windows is just one aspect of maintaining your wood windows. In order to protect the wood and the window putty, the paintwork is just as important. In fact, using quality paints and having your windows professionally painted can extend the lifespan of your windows significantly.

If you’re a handy type and prefer to paint your wood windows yourself, there are a few things you should bear in mind before getting started. Firstly, it is important to remove all of the window ironmongery and sash furniture. Then prepare the area by rubbing down with a pumice stone or sandpaper before brushing away all dirt to ensure a smooth finish.

If your windows were painted with lead-based paint it is important to wear an air respirator to avoid inhaling toxic fumes, and use a wet process to avoid toxic lead dust being released into the air.

Be sure to spot prime areas of exposed wood to ensure the best results for paint adhesion.

Maintaining and caring for your traditional windows doesn’t need to be a tough job, and you will be rewarded with beautiful, functional windows that will last for years to come!

 

By T EWING 12 Sep, 2017

Listed buildings are integral to the built heritage of Scotland, and enrich our villages, towns and cities with their historic significance. This is because, in order for a building to become listed, it must be of special architectural or historic interest.

Legal Framework

Listing is carried out under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997, under which a dedicated team researches all designation applications.

Is My Building Listed?

If the building in question is in Scotland you can find out if your building is listed by carrying out a search at Historic Environment Scotland  here .

For buildings listed in England and Wales you can search via Historic England .

For buildings is Northern Ireland, you can search via the Department of Communities website .

What does it mean when a building is listed?

To be “listed” a building must be of special architectural, historic or cultural interest. This can include everything from castles to cottages, to the inclusion of Edinburgh’s social housing construction the “Banana Flats” as special architectural interest.

It’s worth bearing in mind that if your building is listed, the whole thing is listed! That means that you’ll need listed building consent to make changes to the building that the local planning authority deems to affect its character.

Changes that local authorities deem to affect a listed building’s character include (but are not limited to ):

·      Exterior walls, including decorative work;

·      Windows and doors;

·      Roof;

·      External plumbing;

·      Basements and cellars;

·      Railings, gates and fences;

·      Stairways and balconies;

·      Interior changes such as chimney breasts, plasterwork, cornicing and flooring;

·      In some circumstances it can also include alternations or additions to any gardens or grounds;

·      Changes to the fabric and construction of the building in any way.

The extensive restrictions to listed building development are really not there to hinder progress in any way. Rather, it is simply to signify the special interest of the building that should be taken in to consideration as part of the planning process. You will not be asked to undo any work that has taken place prior to the listing of the building.

The Planning Process

Assessment

Your planning authority will consider a planning application on the basis of its own guidelines, national policies and policies set out by Historic Environment Scotland .

Consultation

The planning authority must consult Historic Environment Scotland on certain types of listed building consent applications.

Historic Environment Scotland will provide advice, which the planning authority may or may not choose to take into consideration. However, where a planning authority chooses to grant planning permission in contravention of Historic Environment Scotland’s advice, the Scottish Ministers must be notified of this.

Call In

Scottish Ministers may choose to determine to outcome of a planning application themselves, known as “calling in” a case. This would only be likely to happen where an application raises significant or controversial issues. In these cases, a reporter is appointed and may make the decision to arrange a local public inquiry.

Appeal

You have the right to appeal if:

  • your application for listed building consent is refused by the planning authority
  • you feel the conditions are unreasonable

Retrofitting Energy Efficiency Measures

Listed and historic buildings need some extra attention when it comes to adding energy efficient improvements, but we could all do with enhancing the efficiency of our homes. By adding improvements to the existing structure and fittings, you can save yourself money as well as saving the planet.

Listed buildings are generally deemed to be hard to treat, and planning controls associated with listed buildings generally create issues in obtaining funding for upgrading schemes. As such, it is important to look into retrofitting measures that work within the planning constraints of your building. Demountable or removable improvements can often be more beneficial and easier to approve in these situations.

Glaze & Save in Listed Buildings

InvisiTherm™

For historic buildings, where the retention of original features and fabric is paramount, secondary glazing such as Glaze & Save InvisiTherm™ can allow the original windows to be repaired and retained in their unaltered state; reducing air leakages and heat losses while retaining the historic fabric of the building. With a fully demountable system such as InvisiTherm™, installation is easily   reversible and leaves no lasting effects on the original window.

It has been shown through stringent research that heat loss by conduction and radiation through windows can be reduced by over 60% by using secondary glazing. The innovative polycarbonate material that makes InvisiTherm™ boasts reduction in heat loss of up to 63%.

 Secondary glazing has suffered from something of a bad reputation in the past. Bulky aluminium frames, heavy glass panels, and ugly intrusive fixtures and   fittings rendered secondary glazing the poor relation to double glazing. Glaze & Save InvisiTherm™ changes all of that. Our demountable polycarbonate panels are lightweight and easy to remove, and our innovative magnetic strip ensures that there are no bulky frames and unsightly fittings. Our bespoke systems are virtually invisible once affixed to your window, making them perfect for retaining the charm and beauty of your historic building.

InvisiSeal™

Original sash windows helped a home to breathe, but they were not meant to be draughty. As time passes the wood of the sash window becomes warped, leading to gaps of up to a combined ten inches squared! Draught-proofing is therefore one of the easiest and most efficient ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

This can involve the use of brush strips fitted to parting beads, baton rods and meeting rails, and can also involve routing out new units or brand new beading. Glaze & Save InvisiSeal™ is another option: an innovative homogenous silicone that seals the draughty areas of your windows and doors before discretely drying like rubber.

Draught-proofing wont decrease the U value of your windows; however it will seal off some of the air flow in your home, allowing you to reduce your energy consumption and enjoy a less draughty house.

Glaze & Save InvisiTherm™ and InvisiSeal™ are both approved for installation in listed buildings in Scotland. InvisiTherm™ is completely demountable, reversible and virtually invisible bespoke magnetic secondary glazing that will not affect the aesthetics of your home. InvisiSeal™ is innovative liquid silicone draught proofing that is completely non-invasive and virtually invisible. Contact us here to arrange your free no obligation survey (domestic surveys only available in Scotland).

By T EWING 07 Sep, 2017

There’s no doubt about it; we’re definitely in the throes of autumn now. There was barley a transition from the brisk summer, and with plummeting temperatures and icy cold rain it looks like we might be hurtling towards winter much sooner than expected.

When the temperature drops, it’s easy to crank up the central heating or to pop on an extra layer. But we’ve scoured the internet to find some weirds ways to keep your home warm this autumn that might just save you some money and energy as well.

1. Use tin foil. One sure fire way to prevent heat loss from radiators is to bung a bit of foil behind them, particularly those situated on external walls. Aluminium foil reflects heat back into the room, preventing it from disappearing through walls. You can buy special radiator foils for around £10, but if the budget doesn’t stretch that far, a decent quality tin foil will do a fine job on its own.

2. Cover your key hole. There’s nothing quite as frosty as cold air whistling through a naked key hole. Invest in a key-hole cover, or if the budget won’t stretch to it simply nail some thick but flexible fabric over the offending hole. While you’re at it, tackle the rest of the gaps in your home to make it extra toasty. Areas with pipes and cables, under the kitchen cupboards, sinks etc can all be secretly gappy spots, so block them up with caulk, expanding foam, or even plastic bags.

3. Double your drapes. Why have one pair of curtains when you can have two? Think about it as an extra jumper for your windows, helping to keep your rooms snug. This adds another layer of insulation which will help with winter chills.

4. Set ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. Okay now this one is weird. You may not consider keeping your ceiling fan running in winter, but by setting it to run clockwise and lowering the speed you can effectively drive warm air back down in to the room, saving it from escaping through the ceiling and keeping you cosy instead.

5. Make the most of your oven. If you’ve just finished cooking up a nice roast or casserole, make the most of all of that residual heat by keeping your oven open once you’ve turned it off. The heat will dissipate throughout the house, making good use of usually wasted heat. But make sure that your oven is turned off the take advantage safely, and ensure no pets or children can get access to the oven.

 

Glaze & Save offers a variety of products to help keep your home or business warm, from our bespoke magnetic secondary glazing InvisiTherm to our innovative liquid silicone draught proofing InvisiSeal. Don’t suffer while shivering this autumn! Contact us here to arrange you free no obligation survey.

By T EWING 05 Sep, 2017

Window Energy Efficiency Explained

Window energy efficiency ratings are set down by the British Council of Fenestration and the Glass and Glazing Federation, using a rainbow label that is similar to the rainbow system that we see on white goods, making it easy to interpret and understand the level of thermal performance of new windows.

However, older windows will not have an energy efficiency rating, so how can you decipher how energy efficient your original windows. It is often helpful to take into consideration standard U Values: for example, a single glazed sash and case window will have a U Value of around 5.5; older double glazing can also have much higher U Values than you might expect.

The lower the U Value the more thermally efficient your windows will be; this is one of the main aims of making your windows more energy efficient (particularly if you live in a chilly climate like Scotland). It is therefore beneficial to invest in products that will lower the U Value of your windows.

Making Your Windows Energy Efficient

Restoration

One of the first things you can do to original windows to make them more energy efficient is to invest in window restoration. This is not always required, but where the sills are rotting, sashes are loose and draughty, etc this can provide area where warm air can escape, making your property less energy efficient overall.

Secondary Glazing

Secondary glazing is a great option for lowering the U Value and increasing the overall energy efficiency of original windows, older double glazing or simply for those who do not want to replace their existing windows. As well as providing complete draught proofing, secondary glazing such as Glaze & Save InvisiTherm can reduce the U Value of your windows from 5.5 to 1.7, making your windows as efficient as double glazing.

Even the Energy Saving Trust is a fan of secondary glazing advising that it is an ‘ideal solution if you are unable to replace your existing windows with double glazing’

Films

For hard to treat windows, or for those that require more frequent access to windows, energy efficiency can be achieved through the use of window films. InvisiFilm is professionally installed and comes with various formats: choose from films to retain heat, reject solar glare or a variety of other measures which enhance the energy efficiency of your windows.

Draught proofing

Although draught proofing in itself does not affect the energy efficiency of the window glaze itself, having effectively draught proofed windows will make an overall difference to the energy efficiency of your home. This is because draught proofing helps to capture warm air inside of your home rather than allowing it to escape outside and be replaced with cold air, increasing the warm-up times of your rooms and reducing the amount of energy required to keep them at a stable temperature. Glaze & Save InvisiSeal eliminates draughts and in the process helps reduce heating bills by 15%.


Glaze & Save InvisiTherm is an innovative bespoke magnetic secondary glazing solution that reduces noise, increases thermal efficiency and       can actually eradicate condensation from your windows. Call now on 01738 562068 to arrange your free no obligation survey, or email     info@glazeandsave.co.uk       for more information.

By T EWING 31 Aug, 2017

Our optimism over the potential for a Scottish summer is sadly waning, so we set our sights towards the autumn and consider the various things that we need to do to get our houses in order. Making preparations now can often be cheaper and less hassle than waiting until deepest darkest winter, so be the early bird who catches the worm and check out our tips to get your home ready for autumn.

1.     Check for draughts. Draughts often feel like less of an issue in the summer months when winders are calmers and warmers. But you’ll soon remember them come the autumn! Feel for draughts around windows, doors, pipes, electrical sockets and any other area that could be a source of unwanted air flow. Try using a lit candle in front of the source of potential draughts: if it flickers, you could well have a draught. Treat your draught problems with an innovative bespoke solution such as Glaze & Save InvisiSeal : a completely non-invasive draught proofing solution that you’ll barely be able to see.

2.     Check you thermostat. It’s a fact of life that we want our homes to be warmer in the autumn and winter, but that doesn’t mean that we need to have it heating blazing 24/7. Ensure that your thermostat is programmed to a lower temperature at night (trust us, you will sleep better for it) and at a lower temperature still for when you’re not home (or better still, programme it to be off while you’re out of the house and to turn on one hour before you get home). This ensures that you will always have a warm and cosy house, but you are not wasting energy and money by heating an empty house.

3.     Stock up on firewood. For those with wood burning stoves and biomass boilers, now is the time to stock up on the firewood that you’ll need for autumn and winter. Why? Because you’ll likely need much more than you think (especially for those with biomass boilers) and in many cases your wood will need to be dried out. Gather it up now while it’s drier and keep stored in a covered area, away from your home for safety reasons.

4.     Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Our desire to be cosy on cold fall days means fires (both gas and wood) will be blazing. It’s therefore worth checking out your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are in working order, making any adjustments and replacing batteries as required.

5.     Get your dehumidifiers up to scratch. Spending more time indoors, drying laundry indoors, basically just hibernating for several months will create much more moisture than normal in your home, which can lead to damp and condensation. Clean the inside of your dehumidifier, replace old filters if necessary, and make sure that they are in perfect working order to prepare for increased home time in the coming months.

6.     Get your glazing in order. If you are living with single glazed windows, you might be dreading the coming autumn (and worse yet, the winter). Consider a secondary glazing solution such as Glaze & Save InvisiTherm : our polycarbonate systems reduce heat loss through your windows by 63%, instantly draughtproofs windows and can increase the temperature of your rooms by five degrees.

By T EWING 24 Aug, 2017

When we think of energy efficiency, the first thing that comes to mind is how we can reduce our heating bills and keep our homes toasty in a more resource efficient and environmentally friendly; however, keeping your home cool can take just as much of a toll on your energy consumption…even in a climate like Scotland! So while we may not be sweltering in the summer sun just yet, here are ten top tips to keep your home cool without wasting energy that you can put into practice today.

1.     Put the “wind” in window   Take your window opening to the next level by creating a refreshing cool pressure current. Open your upstairs windows on the side of your house that is downwind and open downstairs windows on to side of your house which is upwind. Lower the temperature even more by hanging a cold wet sheet in front of the downwind window to create an even cooler breeze.

2.     Switch up your lights   We’ve said it before and we will again: changing your lightbulbs from the energy inefficient bulbs of old to low energy bills such as LED lighting not only saves you energy, it keeps you cooler. Old-style incandescent bulbs waste around 90% of their energy by producing heat. Not only does switching reduce your energy bills, it also keeps lit rooms cooler. And it goes without saying; never leave lights on in an empty room.

3.     In fact, switch off completely Electronic equipment and appliances generate heat when they are left plugged in; just think about how hot your computer gets! Make sure that all electronic equipment is unplugged when not in use to get an overall cooling effect, while saving energy and money!

4.     Turn a blind eye   It may seem counter intuitive, after all we often associated drawing curtains or blinds with wrapping up against chilly nights, but closing your blinds or curtains can help reduce the unwanted heat that comes through your windows. According to Family Handyman, s simple as this tip may seem, closing curtains and blinds can save you up to 7% on your energy bills all while lowering the temperature.

5.     Better yet, invest in InvisiTherm
While InvisiTherm is great at retaining the heat that you want, it also rejects around 27% of external sun rays, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

6.     Show rising temperatures the doorDon’t cool your whole house if you’re only using one or two rooms. Closing the doors to unused rooms will prevent cold air from being wasted in these rooms.

7.     Cool yourself, not your house   So far all of our tips have focused on changes that will cool your surroundings. But the most effective way to cool down is by cooling yourself! Consume iced drinks, wear light clothing made from natural fabrics, and make good use of wet cloths (or even ice cubes) placed on necks, wrists and foreheads.

8.     Signed, sealed, delivered Just as leaky doors and windows create problems in the winter, uncontrolled air flow can also cause problems in the warmers months. Using a draught proofing product such as InvisiSeal around doors and windows, caulking any other cracks, and plugging up spaces around pipes and power outlets with foam all works to stop hot air from entering and cool air leaving your home. Bonus: your home will be winter-ready with no extra effort.

9.     Windows on the world Heat enters your home through its windows, and if those windows are single-glazed, low quality double glazing, or even if you have old glass secondary glazing, the intensity of heat magnified by glass can be unbearable. If InvisiTherm secondary glazing isn’t for you, perhaps consider solar-control window film. This works by creating a barrier that rejects the sun’s rays, in varying different strengths. Glaze & Save offers a fully installed window film service with InvisiFilm.

10. Be a fan of fans It may come to it that natural air flow just isn’t enough for you, and for that you’ll need a fan. Remember: fans cool people not rooms, so don’t be so quick to jump on an electric option. Hand fans can be exceptionally effective at cooling, creating air motion that helps evaporate sweat on our skin and reduce body heat. But if it simply must be electric, be sure to set fans up in the direction of the occupants in the room to get maximum benefit from it.

Glaze & Save isn’t just for winter! InvisiTherm , InvisiSeal and InvisiFilm have exceptional solar, air flow control and heat rejection qualities that are just as valuable in the summer. Contact us here to arrange your free no obligation survey!

By T EWING 22 Aug, 2017

It can be tempting to tear out your original windows, who doesn’t love shiny new things? But for many reasons that we have explained here , here and here , it’s best to retain them. But for those of us who live in listed buildings, tearing out windows just isn’t an option…and that can make you want to tear out your hair.

The planning consent for double glazing and other replacement windows is usually refused unless you intend to replace your windows with exact like for like replacements. That can be extremely cost-prohibitive, with replica windows running into the thousands of pounds per window.

Luckily for listed building lovers, planning departments tend to take a much softer view towards secondary glazing. In fact, with secondary glazing such as Glaze & Save InvisiTherm , you don’t even require planning permission at all in most cases. So let’s take a look at four reasons why planners love secondary glazing.

1.     Non Invasive

Secondary glazing is a non-invasive option that leaves your original windows intact. That means no damaging removal of original windows. This is particularly important in older buildings as, in many cases, the windows were set into the actual structure of the building, leading to extensive damage and future structural issues upon removing them. Secondary glazing upholds the structural integrity of older buildings, which means they’ll continue to be with us for years to come. And with InvisiTherm, you don’t even need to worry about any damage to your internal walls with the addition of bulky frames. InvisiTherm requires no additional frame to be constructed outside of the window frame itself; it’s the most non-invasive secondary glazing solution on the market.

2.     Protects Heritage

The windows that sit in your listed building may well be hundreds of years old. They are pieces of history in themselves. The types of glass, the working of the glass, the exceptional quality of the wood frames and the craftsmanship that has lasted many years are not exemplar of excellent quality, which is not the norm in today’s windows. They are also pieces of heritage and history themselves. Retaining your original windows and opting for a secondary glazing product like InvisiTherm retains quality and craftsmanship that may have lasted hundreds of years, making your listed building even more special.

3.     Environmentally Friendly

It’s no secret that we live in a disposable, throwaway culture. At the rate we consume the planet’s resources, we need three planets to sustain the human race . That in itself is unsustainable. Retaining original windows and opting for secondary glazing over replacement windows stops the cycle of waste and replace: your historic windows will stand the test of time for far longer than new windows, which may only have a 15-20 year lifespan (and sometimes even less). Glaze & Save is committed to reducing waste, recycling over 95% of the waste produced from our installations. We even remove unneeded systems when a building changes ownership or use, and recycle the systems into fuel poor households.

4.     Virtually invisible

One of the main requirements of planning departments and conservation officers is that, in the instance of listed buildings and conservation areas, any amendment or addition must be completely invisible from the outside of the property. In some listed buildings the criteria is even more restrictive, with amendments required to be aesthetically discrete even on the inside of the building. This is where InvisiTherm is especially helpful in listed and conservation properties. Not only are our discrete and slim line systems completely invisible from outside your property, they are also virtually invisible inside the property too! Our bespoke colour matching service and sympathetic installations means you would be hard pushed to know it was there, and that’s something that takes conservation officers over the moon. Check out our gallery for some stunning examples. 

So there you have it, four reasons why planners prefer secondary glazing over replacement windows and other window amendments. It really all boils down to respecting the heritage of the building, maintaining its structural integrity and being aesthetically pleasing, all of which InvisiTherm delivers.

Glaze & Save InvisiTherm is bespoke magnetic secondary glazing, approved for installation in listed buildings and conservation areas. Contact us here to book your free no obligation survey today.

By T EWING 15 Aug, 2017

We spend a lot of time here telling you all about the benefits of secondary glazing, and it’s fair to say that we’re well aware of the two main benefits of secondary glazing: increased thermal efficiency and noise reduction. For example, Glaze & Save InvisiTherm™ reduces heat loss through your windows by 63%, while reducing noise by a minimum of 48%, and those are two benefits we do like to shout about.

However the benefits of secondary glazing, and the discrete systems of InvisiTherm™ in particular, have quite a few benefits that surprise you.

1.     Enhanced Security

It’s a sad fact that many of us are required to be more security conscious these days, and this is a rare instance where original windows just aren’t necessarily up to the job. Adding secondary glazing creates an extra barrier, which can assist with low security original windows or properties on ground or sub ground floors.

2.     No more faded furniture, pictures and curtains

Glaze & Save InvisiTherm™ completely blocks UV rays, eliminating fading. This is great for those of us who have light sensitive furniture of artefacts (such as in stately homes), but is also great for preserving the life of your soft furnishings, artworks, curtains or wallpaper: in fact, anything that may ordinarily become faded by the sun.

3.     No redecoration required

Replacing your original windows is a messy business. Even the installation of traditional secondary glazing tends to mean that redecoration is inevitable. Luckily, Glaze & Save InvisiTherm™ is a completely non-invasive secondary glazing solution that does not require the construction of any frame or support outwith the window frame area itself. This means that no redecoration is required to the surrounding area, saving you money and hassle!

4.     Reduces dirt, dust and outdoor pollution

Secondary glazing is an effective way of reducing the ingress of dirt, dust and pollution from outdoors into your home. Original single glazed windows often have multiple gaps and cracks where particles of dirt and dust can make their way in. This is why window sills of old windows are very often dirty and need regular cleaning! By sealing over the cracks with a secondary glazing system such as InvisiTherm™, dirt and dust ingress is virtually eliminated, leading to a cleaner home and better air quality.

5.     Extends the life of your original window

InvisiTherm™ is exceptional at reducing, and oftentimes completely eliminating, condensation. This has the added benefit of drying out damp window frames, reducing instances of mould and drying out the general area. This in turn extends the life of both internal and external paintwork, keeping your windows pristine, dry and in excellent condition.

Glaze & Save InvisiTherm is an innovative bespoke magnetic secondary glazing solution that reduces noise, increases thermal efficiency and   can actually eradicate condensation from your windows. Call now on 01738 562068 to arrange your free no obligation survey, or email   info@glazeandsave.co.uk   for more information.

 

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