Thermal Comfort

  • Stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

    Comfort. There are many factors that affect how a window affects feel of a room. Windows are typically are one of the largest contributors of heat gain or loss.  Engineers and architects who design properties typically factor a 50% heat loss for example due to the effects of the glass, frames and seals of conventional windows.  By installing Magnetite on your windows you will create a comfortable and sustainable environment all year round.

    Magnetite uses an optical grade virgin acrylic glazing, which is up to six times more thermally efficient than glass.  If you have ever placed your hand on a pane of glass in the summer or winter you know that glass in an incredible conductor and therefore holds on to both heat and cold very well.  By placing our acrylic panel on the inside of your frame you eliminate this heat or cold entering your home. Additionally, our PVC sub-frame creates a thermal break from your existing window frame while our airtight magnetic seals eliminate draughts.  These features allow Magnetite to provide a more constant and comfortable room temperature.  This means that you will sleep better at night and be more productive during the day.

    Window condensation

    The installation of Magnetite storm insulating panels will reduce condensation appearing on windows. Reducing condensation can protect the health of your family by preventing mould growth. Less condensation can also prolong the life of window furnishings and sills. Magnetite can help, as part

    Proven Results

    Our system is designed to meet the specific requirements of your situation. Our clear panels will maximize the amount of natural light entering into a room to allow passive heating in winter. During summer, we can use a range of solar control films for glare control and to minimize radiant heat.  Installing the Magnetite system can improve a windows’ summer performance by 76% and the winter performance by 62%.

  • Technical Data and Results

    Noise pollution is one of the biggest problems faced in cities today. Unwanted noise can be responsible for sleep loss and lack of concentration. This can lead to a deterioration of health through increased stress levels, headaches, high blood pressure and loss of hearing.

    Noise has wave properties. This means that noise can pass through a window in two ways:

    1. Crack space or poor seals are responsible for letting noisy air enter through small spaces, allowing noise to amplify once inside.
    2. Vibration allows noise to travel through solid objects increasing noise levels inside.

    This means that to effectively reduce sound levels a window system should have minimal air infiltration and possess enough weight to limit vibration.

    Expert Advice:

    Research by Dr. John Davy at the CSIRO has shown that secondary windows will reduce more noise than single glazed windows or even traditional double glazed units.

    This is due to the large buffering air cavity between two windows. The larger the air cavity the more noise the window system can reduce.

    Window or Glass Door Type Total Glass Thickness (mm) Air Cavity Thickness (mm) Number of Measurements Averaged Sound Insulation (dB)
    3 mm 3  3 9 23
    4mm 4  6 5 25
    6mm 6  34 19 27
    Narrow Gap 9 to 12 8 to 13 7 31
    Wide Gap 9 to 12 100 to 125 10 38

    Magnetite is able to utilize these facts to the advantage of the end user. Our magnetic seals provide one of the lowest air infiltration rates of any operational window.

    Our slim extruded framing allows us to maximize the air cavity obtained for all window types.

    This allows us to use acrylic glazing, which is safer and lighter than glass in our window system.

    Whereas traditional double-glazing uses thick glass and a narrow air cavity, Magnetite is able to use safer, more manageable acrylic with a larger air cavity.

    Home Comfort

    Magnetite is excellent at reducing noise in the frequencies from 400Hz to 20,000Hz. This is ideal for reducing noise from busy roads, commuter trains, and noisy neighbours.

    National Acoustic Laboratory Testing:

    Test Code Material Tested Rw* Improvement
    ATF 707 (test window) Aluminium sliding window, 3mm float glass with mohair seals 23 NA
    ATF 709 Test window, 100mm air gap and Magnetite System
    (4.5mm acrylic panel)
    35 12
    ATF 1507 Test window, 100mm air gap and Magnetite System
    (10.0mm acrylic panel)
    39 16

    *The Weighted Sound Reduction Index (Rw) is a measure for sound insulation performance of a single building element such as windows. The higher the Rw rating, the better the sound insulation.

    According to a study released by the CSIRO the human ear needs a change of 3dB to detect a difference in noise levels and the human ear perceives a change of 10dB as a doubling or halving of the noise level.

    1. If you double the thickness of glass in a window the noise level will decrease by 3dB – the least amount possible to make a difference.
    2. If the glass is laminated there is no perceived difference in Comfort and noise reduction

    Testing has shown that the addition of Magnetite panels can reduce the noise level through your window by up to 70%. Learn More About Comfort?

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