For hundreds of years since glass was invented, homes and businesses only had single glazed windows. That means there was only one single pane of glass between the outside cold and the warmth inside. However, in most of that time, the women stayed home and stoked the fire all day long to keep the house warm. Firewood was plentiful and cheap, so it really didn’t matter too much. Then, during the second world war, women got out of the house to work, wood became more scarce, and oil furnaces became common. Now, however, heating oil is expensive, natural gas too, and electricity even more so, so double glazing of all the windows in a home is absolutely necessary to save money and stay warm.
Not Only Does Double Glazing Reduce Heat Transfer, It Reduces Drafts Too!
When the air inside the home passes by the cold window it also becomes cold, and cold air drops to the floor and is replaced by newer warmer air. This creates a draft that can be felt near any window during the wintertime. When double glazing is used the drafts are cut at least in half since there is an insulating pocket of air between the outside pane and the inside pane of glass.
In addition to that, modern windows have far less leakage of air due to the higher quality of frames made from PVC plastics, plus the frames themselves are insulated as well. This makes the entire new double pane windows far more energy efficient than the older windows.
There Is Now Argon Double Glazed Windows For Even More Efficiency
Argon is an inert gas that has some special properties when it comes to heat transfer. When the manufacturer seals argon gas between the two panes it creates a special insulated cushion that stops the transfer of most sounds and a larger portion of the heat. That means that noises from the street, kids playing, or dogs barking will be noticeably quieter when you have the argon filled double pane windows.
They are also much better at stopping the transfer of heat between the two panes, so even on the coldest days of winter, the inner pane of glass will remain nearly at room temperature. No more frosted glass leaking condensation down the inside of your windows. Lower heating bills in the winter and air conditioning bills in the summer would also result from the argon gas.
The argon also has the unique ability to block ultraviolet rays of the sun, which are the rays that can sun bleach your carpets and furniture inside the house. The argon lasts forever, as long as the panes stay sealed, and has been known to stay inertly between the panes longer than regular air.
When looking at getting double paned windows, be sure and get the highest quality you can find. Low e glass and argon filled double glazed windows can pay for themselves in just a few years in energy savings. In addition, the blockage of UV rays helps maintain the vibrant colors of carpets and fabrics in the home for years.
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