Windows fill your home with warmth and provide light and ventilation. You want to make the right choice when selecting replacement windows. Double pane windows are a popular product choice. They can add to your home’s value, save you energy, and thus save you money in the long run. But aside from just another pane of glass, what does it really mean to get double pane windows? Let us share some of our insight.
What are Double Pane Windows?
Basically these windows have two sheets of glass instead of just one. But there are several factors that go into making a top quality double pane window—more than you might think. Some of these factors include the inert gas between panes, the glazes, and the spacers. Here we take a closer look at each one of these technologies:
Other Parts of Double Pane Windows
Here are three major technologies that come with double pane windows:
1. Gas Fills
In some cases panes are separated by a vacuum. However, most often manufactures use an inert, nontoxic gas to fill the space between glass panes in a window. The gas is denser than the atmosphere, which acts as a better insulator and improves thermal performance. The two most common types of colorless, odorless gas include Argon and Krypton. Of the two, Krypton is the better insulator, but is also more expensive to produce.
2. Glazing Types
Double pane windows mean more glazing options to meet your unique needs. With single pane windows you only get the two inside and outside surfaces to work with. On double pane windows you get twice that. You can choose to have coatings that let in more natural light, but filter and reflect the infrared rays and unwanted heat from the sun. Or you can choose glazing that minimizes both heat and visible transference. There are even glazing that reflects infrared heat back inside the house during colder months. These are just some of your options:
- Double clear
- Double tint
- High solar gain
- Medium solar gain
- Low solar gain
- Roomside Low-E
With help from our experts at Clear Concepts you are sure to get the right combination of glazes to suit your needs.
The spacer system in your double pane windows not only keeps the panes of glass the appropriate distance apart, but also serves several purposes. First it accommodates the stress of thermal expansion and contraction. It also maintains pressure differences. Additionally the spacers provide a gas-tight seal and moisture barrier to prevent any leakages. Lastly it creates an insulating barrier and prevents the formation of condensation.
Benefits of Double Pane Windows
The most significant advantage of double pane windows is energy savings. But here are some of the other benefits provided by these products:
- Save money through energy savings
- Reduce your environmental footprint
- Cut down outside noise
- Increase strength and security
- Protection from the elements
- More options for additional window technologies
Want to still know more about purchasing double pane windows in San Diego, CA? Do not hesitate to contact the experts at Clear Concepts Window & Door. You can call us at (619) 583-7171 or visit us at 7525 Mission Gorge Rd. Suite G, San Diego, CA 92120.