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Ask Kirk: Why does condensation occur in the winter?

Condensation can be a reoccurring problem throughout the year, but is especially troublesome in winter. But why is this? We asked our resident window expert, Kirk Williams, to give us the low-down on the effects of colder weather and condensation.

why does condensation occur in the winter

 

When temperatures drop, most of us utilise our central heating systems and fires a lot more than normal. This means that the humidity inside our homes is higher and condensation can occur more easily. As well as using these methods for heating, most of us are also tempted to keep windows and doors shut. However, this traps moisture inside.

 

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During the summer, excess moisture from cooking, showering, and damp clothes drying doesn’t seem noticeable. This is because there are fewer cold surfaces for the humidity to gather and often we have our windows ajar, so it can escape more easily.

Cooler air also holds less water vapour than warmer air, which is why condensation seems excessive during the winter. Although it’s common to experience condensation during the winter, having a disproportionate amount could mean there are more serious problems afoot.  Damp patches, mould, peeling wallpaper, unpleasant smells, and water droplets on walls are all signs that your condensation problem could be getting out of hand.

Health problems can sometimes occur if excess condensation isn’t addressed in a timely manner, so it’s not just your home that could deteriorate, but your family’s well-being. If you have failed double glazing, this can contribute to an increase in condensation because the way in which the double glazing works is altered. In simple terms, double glazed glass prevents the movement of heat. You can read more about how double glazing works here.

 

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By replacing any failed double glazing, you can prevent condensation from worsening, as well as improving your energy usage, which is important when energy prices are increasingly becoming higher and higher. The winter months mean most of us will be using the most energy we’ve used all year, so it’s important to do as much as possible to help save on these bills.

If you need to repair or replace any failed double glazing before Christmas, get in touch with your local Cloudy2Clear branch today for a free no obligation quotation.

How to draught proof your home in time for Christmas

With the coldest day of the year recorded in November this year, it’s certainly time to start thinking about draught proofing your home for the coming winter months.

There are so many quick and easy ways to do this that will save you both time and money. We’ve listed some of the benefits of draught proofing below and how to achieve them without breaking the bank.

 

1. Windows

Windows are often the main cause of warm air escaping in the home; in fact, 20% of heat loss is attributed to windows, even when double glazed. Draughtproofing effectively can ensure that you save energy, especially during the winter months and the run up to Christmas. You can get this done professionally or buy products to fit yourself, such as self-adhesive foam, metal, or plastic strips.

 

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However, you can ensure you don’t lose further heat from your home, and therefore increase energy bills, by having insulating glass installed and checking your units for any failed double glazing, so glass that may be clouded up or misty. In the long-run, this will help towards preventing against condensation and mould.

2. Doors

Again, doors are one of the main sources of heat loss in a home. Think about how many places there are for heat to escape – locks, keyholes, letterboxes, around the edges. Easy ways to help alleviate heat loss from your doors are to buy draught excluders, which you can pick up relatively cheaply; use a letterbox brush; and keep doors shut!

 

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3. Attic

Your attic area can often be overlooked when thinking about draught exclusion. People often worry it will cost too much to sort out. A simple way to reduce some heat loss is by insulating the hatch with strips around the edges. Of course, you can insulate your loft fully, which is highly recommended, especially if you’re looking to save on your energy bills.

 

4. Pipework

Often overlooked, pipework can be a serious cause of draughts in the home, especially if you have a lot of exposed pipes. Using an appropriate material to fill in gaps, such as polyurethane foam or silicone filler will help to alleviate any problems moving forward.

 

5. Floorboards and skirting boards

Gaps in floorboards and skirting boards may seem like insignificant areas to think about, but along with all the above issues, they can contribute to the problem. Draught proofing skirting boards can be cheap and relatively straightforward, simply by using sealant along the edge.

 

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If you have suspended floors i.e. floorboards, then this is a potentially much bigger job to deal with. You may need to lift-up all of your floorboards up in order to gain access to lay insulating material, which can be a time-consuming and messy job. Although worthwhile in order to save energy in the long-run, it may be advisable to contact a professional in order to complete the job for you.

If you are thinking about saving energy before Christmas, contact Cloudy2Clear today for more information on our failed double glazing repair services, as well as replacing any of your broken locks or hinges, which could be causing heat to escape.

Ask Kirk: The history of double glazing

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When was double glazing invented and who by?

 

Although there is no exact date on when the invention of double glazing came about or where it was initially used, but it seems that there is a good indication that it made an appearance within the late 18th century / early 19th century. A much cruder installation process back then, but it would have consisted of another sheet of glass being stuck to the original window, probably with putty.

 

When was double glazing first introduced into the UK?

 

As with many things, the US introduced modern double glazing to the masses first, in the early 1950s, with the UK following suit in the 1970s and 80s. Although window companies still existed before this, the emergence of double glazing didn’t arise until much later. From the 1980s onwards, double glazed windows were the standard for new UK homes, but even with this, to this day, there are still only 43% with full double glazing throughout the property.

 

How are double glazed windows made?

 

Double glazed windows are made by two separate panes of glass, which have a spacer bar in between them. This space is filled with either a gas or dehydrated air layer under vacuum conditions.

 

Why are they so effective?

 

The air or gas layer makes it extremely difficult for heat to escape, as it’s such a poor conductor. As I’ve mentioned before, over 20% of all heat loss escapes through your windows, so combatting this through double glazing (that’s in full working order) is effective and efficient.

However, when double glazing fails i.e. it becomes misted up or cloudy, it becomes ineffective and can cause an undue amount of problems, such as mould (because of excessive condensation) and loss of energy.

Read more about how double glazing works here.

 

What is the future for double glazing?

 

Some within the industry have suggested that triple glazing may become the norm, but personally, I don’t think triple glazing will take off in this country, as our factories are all set up for double glazing and this would mean a complete overhaul in manufacturing.

We don’t have extreme cold temperatures like they do in places such as Scandinavia. On another note, the benefits are not good enough to warrant having triple glazing instead of double glazing because there isn’t a big enough change in UV Value. Triple glazing is expensive and does not give you much more than an A-rated energy efficient window.

 

If you’re looking for more information about how double glazing works or if you’ve noticed that your windows have become cloudy or misted up, even dripping with water in the mornings, contact your local Cloudy2Clear branch for a free, no obligation quotation for double glazing repairs.

Why you should buy a franchise

Setting up, operating, and maintaining your own business can be hard work and stressful at times. Although there are several benefits that go alongside this, starting up your own company from scratch is incredibly difficult. In fact, some statistics have revealed that more than half of UK start-ups fail within five years.

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However, you can still have that level of independence and responsibility of running your own business, but with the support of an established and reputable company, by owning a franchise. With uncertainty around Brexit, an unstable economic future, and other contributing factors, there are numerous benefits to opening a franchise, rather than negotiating the risk of your own start-up.

We’ve outlined some of the main advantages of owning a franchise to help you make an informed decision.

 

Independence

One of the main reasons some people hold back from owning a franchise, and open their own business instead, is because of the fear of the lack of independence. But working with a recognised brand can provide you with business security, as well as giving you the freedom to make your own decisions. Whichever company you choose to franchise through, knowing that you have the backing and support of that business, gives you more independence to make bigger and more exciting decisions.

 

owning a franchise

 

Support

Support is a huge factor when it comes to investing in a franchise. You are buying into a brand that is already succeeding and wants to prolong that success, so you can be sure that you’ll receive the right support from the brand. Being commercially minded and knowing the ins and outs of running a business doesn’t always come naturally, so it’s great to have the expertise and knowledge of a company to guide you along the way. See what one of our franchisees has to say about the support we provide:

Reputation

Your reputation is important and so is that of the brand you’re franchising for. When you choose a franchise to open, you can enjoy the benefit of an established reputation from that brand, as well as marketing teams and legal departments who are keen to offer support wherever possible to ensure that brand name remains reputable.

owning a franchise

 

Reduced risk

As mentioned previously, starting a business from the ground up is difficult, expensive, and incredibly demanding; if you’re prepared to work hard, but work smart, then buying a franchise is often a much more beneficial idea. Seeing success stories of other franchise owners and knowing the business model from the get-go, allows you to gain a lot of insight into the running of the company and how this will fit around your own life. Check out what one of our own successful franchisees has to say about what attracted him to Cloudy2Clear:

Experience

We have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the franchise process, to ensure your journey is as successful as it can be. Our level of experience ensures you have the business opportunities that you require, as well as fulfilling your own career aspirations.

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You can also see what our Operations Manager, Kirk Williams, has to say about being part of the Cloudy2Clear family in a recent Which? Trusted Traders article. Visit our dedicated franchise website.

National Home Security Month with Cloudy2Clear

Although October is usually associated with pumpkins, autumn, and things that go bump in the night, for everyone at Cloudy2Clear, it’s all about National Home Security Month.

With our homes becoming fuller by the day with technological assets, furniture, and our growing families, it’s vital that security is at the forefront of our minds.

Cloudy2Clear is now an official supporter of National Home Security Month, which means we’re putting our name on something we believe in; ensuring that your home is as safe and sound as it can be.

With our range of services, we can ensure that your locks, hinges, and handles are repaired or replaced in time for Christmas, giving you peace of mind that you’ve made a conscious effort to increase and improve your security, so those precious presents are protected.

Below, we’ve outlined some hints and tips on how to keep your home secure.

 

Repair any faulty window or door locks

A broken or faulty lock is the easiest way for thieves to access your home. By making it easy for criminals to break in, there’s no deterrent. If they try to access your windows and doors and find that they’re all locked, it’s possible that they’ll be discouraged from attempting to break-in further, as this would mean causing a commotion by having to force entry.

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Hide your valuables

If possible, think about installing a safe in your home for your more expensive or irreplaceable assets.

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Get to know your neighbours

Having a good relationship with those around you on your street or in your building can give you peace of mind when you go on holiday and need someone to keep an eye on your home. Trust needs to be built over time, but if you return the favour, it’s great to know you have someone to rely on.

 

Leave a light on at night

This can be a massive deterrent to would-be burglars, as they may be more likely to avoid homes which look like they are occupied. Invest in a timer, so you save energy by only having lights come on when you’re not in your home.

 

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For more advice on how to make your home more secure, visit:

Police.uk

Home Security Month

Safewise

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