Dual-pane windows feature two separate panes of glass, and the gap between the panes contains air or a clear gas. An airtight seal keeps the air or gaseous mixture from escaping.
Because dual-pane windows require nearly double the production materials, these windows typically cost more than their single-pane counterparts. However, don’t let the higher price scare you from installing dual-pane windows. The extra costs also come with extra benefits.
Here are a few of the many benefits dual-pane windows can offer you.
1. Dual-Pane Windows Save You Money on Energy Costs
Homeowners lose approximately 30 percent of their heating and cooling energy costs through their older, drafty windows. Two glass panes provide an extra layer of protection against the elements and help trap warm and cool air inside your home.
When you choose windows with a clear gas between the panels, you receive another layer of insulation as well. Clear gas slows heat transfer through the window, and they don’t contain water moisture that would otherwise cloud the window. Popular clear gasses include argon, krypton, xenon, or a mixture of the three.
With dual-pane windows, you will spend less money on heating and cooling every year, and as a result, the windows eventually pay for themselves.
2. Dual-Pane Windows Reduce Outside Noise
Do you have noisy neighbors or incessant street traffic? Loud sounds may contribute to your stress levels when you want to enjoy a peaceful day at home. Although you can close your window to the noise, single-pane glass isn’t an effective sound barrier for your home.
When you install dual-pane windows, you can reduce outdoor noise by up to 40 percent. If you live in a high-traffic area or near an airport, this reduction can mean the difference between constant disruptions and a good night's sleep.
3. Dual-Pane Windows Eliminate the Need for Storm Windows
If you can’t decide between storm windows or dual-pane windows, consider the advantages dual-pane windows offer over storm windows.
Storm windows require more maintenance than dual-pane windows because storm windows don’t create an airtight seal with the primary window. As a result, water, leaves, and other debris collect in the gap between the storm window and the primary window. You’ll need to regularly clean that gap to ensure your storm windows stay in good shape.
Additionally, you’ll need to lubricate and clean the tracks of the storm windows several times a year. Without the airtight seal as a barrier, accumulated moisture and debris will make sliding or removing storm windows difficult.
4. Dual-Pane Windows Reduce Condensation Formation
Condensation forms when water vapor found in warm air hits a cold surface and transforms into liquid.
When you shower, wash laundry, exercise, cook, breath or perform any number of everyday tasks, you produce excess heat and moisture. The water vapor in your home condenses when it hits cold window panes, causing the water droplets to puddle. Eventually, the puddles damage the window sill and lead to mold and mildew growth.
Dual-pane windows prevent cool air from seeping into your home and, in turn, prevents condensation formation.
5. Dual-Pane Windows Are Available in a Variety of Styles
In the past, if you wanted to enjoy the beauty of a unique window design or style, you had to settle for single-pane windows. Now, however, you can fit dual-panes to double-hung, casement, and sliding windows. You don’t need to sacrifice efficiency for beauty.
Increased energy-efficiency, reduced noise levels, and minimal condensation are just a handful of the many benefits dual-pane windows provide. If you have any further questions about dual-pane windows, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at Pacific Glass & Mirror, Inc.