Benefits of Double Glazing

What are the benefits of double glazing compared to single glazing?

There are some measurable differences between the traditional method of single glazing and the more modern double glazing method of insulating a home.

Keeps Heat In
The most obvious benefit of double glazing is the feeling you have as you stand or sit near windows and doors. If you are sitting near a single glazed window or door you will feel a cold draft that indicates cold air is getting inside the building but also that heat is getting out. Double glazing prevents the heat from escaping by using two layers of glass with a pocket of air trapped between them. The air forms an insulating layer that helps a home with double glazing retain up to 60% more heat than a home with single glazing according to site

Reduction in Energy Costs
It is quite logical that a home’s ability to retain more of its heat will also lead to a lower energy bill. Both gas and electric heating bills will benefit from the extra insulation that double glazing provides. Double glazing is one of the best home improvements you can do because the cost of installing double glazing pays for itself in energy savings within the first few years.

Noise Reduction
Do you live in a noisy city? Do your windows rattle and whistle in strong winds? These are issues that double glazing can solve. Double glazing can insulate your home from cold air, as well as from the loud and constant noises from outside. Traffic noises become more bearable and late night or early morning disruptions are less frequent.

Easy Maintenance
Double glazing will have a big impact on the amount of work you have to do each year to keep your windows in good shape. The only maintenance the double glazed windows may require is a wash to keep them clean. Single glazed windows need to be sanded, painted and sealed to prevent water damage and rot. If a frame or windowsill gets damaged it has to be replaced and you might have to climb a ladder in a dangerous area of your home to make repairs.

Reduced Repair Costs
The most common repair associated with a double glazed window is a damaged seal. If the seal is damaged it will allow water to get into the gap where the layer of air is supposed to be. This is actually a very simple fix that many repairmen can do in a few hours for only £60-£80. It can be difficult to find a repairman to make the expensive, difficult and time-consuming fixes that many single glazed windows require when they are damaged.

Adds Value
Newer, professionally installed double glazing not only looks better than old, damaged single glazing but it can have an effect on the value of your home. UK homes must have energy efficiency tests similar to those that appliances have. A home with a better energy rating is much easier to sell and can be sold at a higher price.

Now you can see how many benefits you will have with double glazing. This home improvement project is one that is worth the investment. One that you will profit from for years.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment which uses a variety of techniques to help with symptoms affecting the body’s musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, joints and ligaments). Osteopaths consider the patient from a mechanical, functional and postural viewpoint to allow the body to function with the minimum of wear, stress and energy. Osteopathy can help with symptoms of arthritic pain, back or neck pain, spinal disc problems, sciatica, joint stiffness, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, muscular strains, ligament sprains, postural problems, sports injuries, headaches jaw pain and more.

Cranial Osteopathy is very gentle, non invasive and can benefit people of all ages including new born babies, children and pregnant women. Very specific, skilled, light pressure is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release stresses and tensions. When osteopaths examine babies areas of tension are often found in the spine or head which are indications that the baby is uncomfortable. A baby cannot complain of backache or headache, and will typically express this by crying and being unsettled or irritable. In a research study conducted by Clive Hayden into the effects of cranial osteopathic treatment on babies, some parents perceived the following changes in their children’s behaviour: reduced colicky crying, improved sleep, less unsettled irritable behaviour and increased quiet happy spells.

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A Place in the sun

Clear skies and brilliant sunshine are guaranteed in Almeria, southern Spain – and that’s official. Why else would Europe’s most powerful telescope, as well as one of the country’s most important solar energy plants, be sited in this Mediterranean province?

With more than 3100 hours of annual sunshine (that’s 8.5 hours per day, before you get the calculator out), it’s also not surprising that much of Spain’s flower and garden produce comes from this lovely coastal region, protected from any northerly winds by the Sierra de Gador mountains.

The southern Costas are usually thought of as a busy, boisterous playground by the Mediterranean. But unlike many of the southern sunspots, the smaller resort of Roquetas de Mar is relatively quiet, and life here moves at a slower – some might say more Spanish – pace.

Cabo de GataWalk on just past the port, into the old town, and you will find a large market which rambles through the shopping streets for three weeks out of four every month. Both old town and the harbour area are places, too, for an evening stroll, taking perhaps a glass of wine and sampling (often free) tapas in one of the many bars.

The old centre of the town boasts several places worth a visit, including the seventeenth-century church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Nuestra Señora del Rosario), the Arab watchtower of Cerrillos, and the castle of Roquetas, which is open daily; admission is free.

There’s more to shopping than just market stalls, though. The new shopping area of Gran Plaza, near the new Las Salinas development, is one of the biggest in Andalucia.

The salt lagoons which the area is named for begin at Las Marinas, just a couple of miles south of Roquetas, and you can see flamingos and other water birds here almost year-round.

But the largest bird population is to be found to the east of Almeria town, on the arid, and totally unspoilt, coast of the Cabo del Gato-Nijar nature park. With very little annual rainfall, few villages and virtually no farmland, the coast may seem desolate, but it is particularly popular with walkers and nature lovers.

At the furthest south-eastern tip is the Cabo de Gata lighthouse, marking the end of Andalucia’s largest coastal nature park. There’s an excellent viewpoint (mirador) here where you can view seabirds including cormorants, gannet, razorbills and gulls.

The peaks of the Cabo de Gata mountains fall sharply to the shoreline, creating dramatic cliffs where fish eagles nest, and which tower over tiny small hidden coves with white sand beaches. The crystal-clear water off the peninsula are a magnet for keen anglers and windsurfers, as well as a very popular location for underwater photography.

The large lagoon and wetland of the Salinas de Acosta also attracts bird watchers, with its large population of flamingos, heron and wading birds, and the remains of the old salt industry can still be found along the whole coastal region.

Inland, Almeria has an almost lunar landscape of desert, sandstone and dry riverbeds – which is why it has long been used as a location for film-makers. Indeed, the ‘spaghetti Western’ could perhaps have been re-named the ‘paella Western’, as you will discover if you visit Yucca City, just outside of Tabernas, which was used as the set for A Fistful of Dollars. (The Peter O’Toole classic, Lawrence of Arabia was also shot here, with the Spanish hinterland substituting for the Middle Eastern desert). The old film sets are still here, among the cactus and meseta scrub.

Almeria province is also famous for its ‘troglodite’ villages, where many homes echo the North African method of escaping from the searing heat by being formed as part cave-dwellings, dug into the soft, sand-coloured cliffs. Locals prize these homes which provide natural insulation from the desert-like summer temperatures.

The cave homes or casas-cueva, as they are known, often have chimney-like skylights to provide interior ventilation and lighting, but their facades mimic normal homes, with windows and tiled roofs.

The arid hills contain another interesting site, though it is not open to visitors – the EU solar energy research centre. Although you may not be able to get inside, you can from a distance see the rows of heliostat mirrors capturing solar energy, and other devices being tested to see which can best harness this natural source of free energy. It may not thrill everyone as the most beautiful sight in the world, but you’ll appreciate what it’s trying to do when you get back to the air-conditioning in your hotel bedroom.