How To Heat Your Home Without Central Heating
This week's blog post (along with a vast majority of home improvement blogs I assume!) was inspired by none other than the popular property development TV program – Grand Designs.
Reason being, I was drawn to some of the innovative products they were using for the build – and being a bifold door blogger (and interested in all things revolutionising the home improvement industry) I thought this was relevant to Bristol Bifold, and probably to a few of my readers as well.
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The couple in this episode were creating an eco-friendly (aren't they all?) 'Green' house made mainly out of natural materials, but the focus of this blog will be glazing. The glass this couple used for their sustainable new build was a thermally efficient, heat radiating glass.
Each glass pane also acts as a radiator..
This excludes any draft, and increases the energy efficiency of the build and removes any need for free standing radiators.
This new level of thermal efficiency is what I found intriguing. We provide a range of 'Celsius' glass, which effectively keeps your warm air indoors, and the cold air out – and also adapts to do the opposite in hot weather.
However the glazing used on Grand Designs wasn't only to maintain and optimise the temperature of a property regardless of the weather.
It was being used in some cases as a replacement of traditional central heating and was stated as being even more efficient than under-floor heating.
Personally, I think this is a great example of how the glazing industry – once thought of as fairly traditional and quite closed to modern technology and maybe even environmentally friendly products – is changing with the times not just in it's sales technique (as discussed here...) but in the product it's selling.
Having said that, I can't imagine many customers who would find this glazing option necessary or even have the financial means to justify it. It is a luxury item, something which the industry is slowly moving towards.
I guess it could also be argued that bifold doors are also somewhat of a luxury item – albeit a much less financially demanding and much more practical solution to modernising your home.