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How Do Double-Pane Windows Work?

Feb 6

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How Do Double-Pane Windows Work?

With the push for energy efficiency in the U.S. and other developed nations for much of the last decade, you are likely already familiar with the term double-pane windows, but how much do you really know about them? Do you know why double-pane windows are able to attain superior energy efficiency compared to their single-pane counterparts?


The way these windows accomplish this is actually quite simple.


A double-pane window is much like a regular window in its construction, but instead of a single pane of glass, there are two panes of glass, typically separated by approximately ½ inch of space that is filled with an insulating gas like argon.

Argon is denser than the air we breathe, so it has superior insulation properties that lessen the amount of heat transfer into or out of a home through the windows.


When shopping for double-pane windows, however, you must be sure that these windows have insulating gas. Without the insulating gas, they provide little more benefit than single-paned windows.


Advantages of Double-Pane Windows

Above all, the primary advantage of double-pane windows is their ability to better insulate your home—decreasing your energy consumption and energy bills. Windows can account for as much as 30 percent of your home’s energy bills, so installing energy-efficient double-pane windows can significantly lower your monthly utility bills.


In addition to lower energy bills, an often overlooked benefit of double-pane windows is their ability to insulate against sound as well as harsh temperatures. If you live on a busy street, near railroad tracks, or have early morning landscapers nearby, double-pane windows can cut down on the amount of outside noise you hear in your home or business.


Weather Shield Double-Pane Options

Weather Shield offers double-pane and even triple-pane windows for all product lines. Whether you are looking for double-pane double-hung windows, triple-pane casement windows, or custom special shape windows, we can help!


To learn more about our window options, visit our window facts and information page to explore the products we offer, contact us directly for more information, or find a dealer in your area to schedule a consultation. 

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