Did you know that the space between your window panes isn’t empty?
There is either air or gas between the panes of double and triple pane windows. Air helps to insulate, but gas can make a huge difference on the costs associated with heating and cooling your home. By educating yourself on these gasses and quality replacement windows, you can choose which ones are the best to go with for your home.
The gas that is commonly used in between the panes of the windows is argon. It is colorless and odorless and does not pose a threat to the family. Krypton is a much denser, more energy efficient gas that is also used in between window panes. However, the increase in efficiency is usually not enough to justify the cost of the windows that use it. Both argon and krypton are natural gases that are found in the world.
Much of the expense related to maintaining a homes come from heating and cooling it throughout the year. The type of windows you have can make a big impact on those costs. If your windows are old and leak air or don’t insulate well, you’re wasting some of your heating and cooling dollars. That loss could be substantial, depending on the state of your windows, so you might want to consider having new energy-efficient replacement windows installed.
When you’re thinking of replacing the windows throughout your home, hopefully you have thought of looking into ENERGY STAR® rated windows. These products provide more energy efficiency then other windows on the market. With their advanced window construction technology, they provide you with the highest energy efficiency available.
One of the most popular choices of windows to go with is the double pane, Low-E glass windows. The double panes are filled with 98.8% argon gas. They’re coated with Low-E silver oxide to protect against the sun’s UV rays. They allow natural light through them while also keeping the heat and cool air inside the home. These energy efficient windows have many benefits.
The Anatomy of an Energy-Efficient Window
Triple pane windows can provide even more energy savings within the home. The same coating is used, while providing an extra barrier to protect against drafts coming in the home and heat and cool air from going out. They’re filled with 99% argon. They can also be a barrier for noise outside of the home. Even if you choose double pane windows for your home, you may want to consider triple pane windows for areas that get blasted with cold wind in the winter, such as those on the north side of your home.
As you’re shopping for gas-filled windows, your choice is argon or krypton. Which one should you go with when it comes to the replacement windows throughout your Minneapolis home? The choice is up to you; both will be beneficial when it comes to helping cut those energy bills.
Speak with us here at Window Outfitters to find out how we can provide you with the new windows you’re in need of. With many options to go with, some might be the best suited for your property over others. We are THE window replacement company for the Minneapolis area, and we are a licensed Minnesota home remodeling contractor.