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Home Living : July 8th 2008
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 8, 2008 205 Warm, quiet windows Write to Ask The Experts about individual problems in the home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question or fax Ask The Experts 9689 5399. HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE ASK THE EXPERTS Virginia Carter is tired of being cold inside her house and wants to install something to boost energy efficiency. ''I've heard of magnetite. Can this help?'' she said. Magnetite Australia owner Adrian Lafleur says with unpredictable weather the one thing for certain is that we want to be comfortable in our homes. ''Unfortunately in most homes no matter how good the insulation in the walls and ceilings, if windows haven't been treated you will still be cold,'' he said. ''Windows can account for up to 40 per cent of heat loss in a home. ''This is because glass is a poor insulator. Windows often let in draughts, even when they are closed, which also contributes to heat loss and this is where magnetite works.'' Noise is also driving us crazy. Does magnetite help? Did you know that noise is a major cause of stress and other health-related problems for many households? Your windows are the weakest barrier to noise coming into the home. Simply adding magnetite to existing windows will reduce the noise pollution entering the home. By increasing the air gap between the magnetite panel and the existing window we can reduce outside noise by up to 70 per cent. Can you see magnetite? Installations are neat and unobtrusive. Magnetite is a secondary glazing system that converts existing windows to double-glazed units using magnets. This process will boost comfort and energy efficiency in the home. Mr Lafleur says magnetite is an excellent option as it does not require replacing the existing windows. ''It utilises optical-grade acrylic glazing as this prevents the transfer of heat up to six times better than glass,'' he said. ''A continuous magnetic seal around the back of the acrylic panels prevents draughts through the window.'' The system creates an air cavity for the best thermal results. Testing through the national Window Energy Rating Scheme has shown that magnetite can improve a window's winter performance by 81 per cent. Magnetite is also an excellent system for noise reduction, giving up to 70 per cent noise reduction through the window. Magnetite Australia offers a free measure and quote service. Details: Magnetite Australia 9565 4070 or www.magnetite.com.au Norman Shutters by Supershades has an unmatched selection of frame, louvre and finish options to complement the decor of any room on any window. These deliver outstanding privacy, prevent light gaps and are all built with the same attention to detail as a fine piece of furniture. The luxurious Amhurst western red cedar series is nothing short of exquisite and the Sussex basswood series offers a palette of 50 finishes as standard with the option of another 1800 colors from the Dulux range. Try Normandy with the advantages of hardwood and a beautiful grain that shows through both lacquer and stain. Contact details Unit 1, 9 Powells Road, Brookvale. NSW 2100. P: 02 9938 4377 E: email@example.com © 2008 Norman International® Company FREE INSTALLATION on all shutters Offer ends 31.8.08 2368350i hln wk2 EXCITING NEW SHOW HOME NOW OPEN at 14 Adams Ave, TURRAMURRA Turn your dreams without cha Reality Have an Architect designed home built on your existing block of land. Allow us to design a home to suit your needs, whether you have a 10 metre frontage or acreage, require a single level, 2-3 storey or split level luxury residence... we have the expertise and desire to please. We offer a free quotation and site inspection. At Binet Homes, we can also design and build a beautiful swimming pool, tennis courts and landscaping to complete the entire package... with the assistance of our superior interior design service. House and Land packages are also available. 3 Carlingford Rd, Epping 2121. Ph: 9868 3222 Mobile: 0412 822 608 or 0401 492 602 www.binethomes.com.au Now Established 40 Years Builders Licence No. 4443 ABN 26 000 519 719 PG BINET Pty Ltd trading as BINET HOMES INSPECTION TIMES: 14 Adams Ave, Turramurra Saturday & Sunday 1.00-4.00pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday 1.00-4.00pm
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