No Extra Pane, No Gain!
When you’re researching replacement windows for your home, there are many factors to consider and choices to make. Many manufacturers offer the choice of single pane or double pane windows. So how do single vs. double panes compare? Older homes with original windows often only have a single pane of glass. By contrast, newer homes tend to have dual pane, especially homes designed for energy-efficiency.
Despite the drawbacks of a higher cost up-front to install dual pane windows, you will see that they have many long-term advantages over single pane windows. These benefits will likely make them a better investment for your home and save you money, effort, and flexibility down the road.
What Are Single Pane Windows?
As the name suggests, single pane windows consist of just one layer of glass. This is sufficient to allow a view outside while keeping the wind out. However, glass is a very poor insulator, so the outdoor temperature has a much great effect on indoor comfort if you have single pane windows. If you live in a temperate climate where you hardly ever run your furnace or air conditioner, single pane windows may be good enough. But Single pane windows also have numerous drawbacks.
They are a lot less energy efficient than double pane windows. Windows with one pane of glass make a room much colder in the winter because they allow heat to escape, while in the summer they allow heat to leak into your home. Single pane windows are also very poor at reducing the amount of outside noise entering your home.
What Are Double Pane Windows?
A step up from the single pane option, double pane windows have two layers of glass with an air pocket between them. This layer of air effectively insulates the glass to slow heat transfer through the panes. Some double pane windows are filled with a non-toxic gas such as argon or krypton to increase efficiency even more. These gases, which are denser than air, slow heat transfer to lessen the effect extreme outdoor temperatures have on your home.
Double pane windows create a thermal barrier between the two panes of glass, helping to maintain the inside temperature of your home. To increase the efficiency of this thermal barrier even more, some window manufacturers fill the space between the panes with an insulating gas. This gas fill also does a more efficient job at reducing outside noise. And the low-e coatings on today’s replacement windows help reflect heat as well as reducing the ultraviolet rays entering the room, reducing fading of furniture and carpets.
Dual Pane Means Energy Savings
If you are installing windows in a new home or replacing old, outdated ones, double paned windows generally result in a large return on your investment. In fact, 25% of annual heating and cooling costs for an average American home is attributed to inefficient windows, according to the Department of Energy (source). By switching to higher efficiency double paned windows, your energy bill is certain to decrease.
Even the most basic double paned windows can reduce energy usage by 18% in the summer and up to 24% in the winter when compared to older single paned windows (source). To see energy savings, however, all windows must be replaced with a double paned model. A single replacement will not yield the same money-saving results.
Cost Comparison of Single and Dual
Single paned windows are a cheaper purchase. Homeowners on a tight budget, in turn, may be more likely to decide on the less efficient option. These windows require added technology to keep the seasonal temperatures out eventually; thus, the added price over time—in addition to the higher energy bills—may not be worth the cheaper upfront cost.
In addition, some of these technologies may include installing drapes, adding insulating window film, or patching up cracks and seals around window edges, resulting in a lot of effort and time, possibly changing the appearance of your windows and restricting your options for aesthetics of your windows. Having the freedom to cover or not cover your window, without adhering to basic functionality for the sake of your home, is a freedom you may not want to give up.
Dual Pane Windows are the Crystal Clear Choice
It becomes obvious that double pane windows are much more energy efficient than single pane windows. This means your heating and cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the temperature at a comfortable level, reducing your utility expenses as well as wear-and-tear on your HVAC system.
Crystal Clear View Glass has been installing quality dual pane windows and residential glass for years. We ensure our work will be a quality, energy-efficient investment for your home that will look beautiful and remain durable and versatile during any kind of weather. We would be happy to help you explore options for your home, and install your perfect windows you can enjoy for a long time.
Take the First Step
Give Crystal Clear View Glass a call at 602-224-7900. We can get you scheduled for a free in-home consultation and measure of your windows. We can help you install new, energy efficient dual pane windows throughout your home. We look forward to hearing from you.
Whether working with businesses or individuals, everyone at Crystal Clear View Glass puts people first. It starts with Brandon, who hires self-directed professionals and empowers them to make a difference in every interaction. That culture is pervasive, from the team member who answers your call to the installer who expertly completes your glass project.