Are Triple Pane Windows Worth the Extra Cost?
If you need window replacements for your home you’ll want to make sure the windows you buy are going to be energy efficient. After all, a window that’s not energy efficient will likely result in a lot of energy loss. This means that your heating and cooling costs will go up, not to mention that you’ll have to deal with drafts coming in through your window that can affect how comfortable you are inside your home. It’s why many homeowners invest in triple pane windows instead of the more traditional single or double pane windows. However, triple pane windows are going to be a more expensive investment. As such, you’ll want to make sure that it’s worth the money.
The Benefits of Buying Triple Pane Windows
The following are a few of the main reasons why you should consider triple pane windows when replacing your existing windows:
Increase Energy Efficiency
Triple pane windows increase your home’s energy efficiency significantly for a number of reasons, resulting in lower energy costs over the long run. This is because your heating system won’t have to waste energy replacing heat lost through your windows or fighting against cold air coming in from outside during the winter season (the same applies to your A/C in the summer). The following are a few reasons why triple pane windows are so energy efficient:
- More glass panes – More glass panes means less energy transfer from outside to inside and vice versa. Essentially, there are more barriers in place to prevent energy from leaking in or escaping out of your home.
- More low-E coatings – Low-E coatings help insulate glass panes by blocking heat loss through your windows but still letting the sun’s heat in. They will also block harmful UV rays. The more glass panes your windows have, the more layers of low-E coatings can be added.
- More gas fill – Triple pane windows have two chambers between glass panes that can be filled with argon or krypton gas, which significantly improves the energy efficiency of the window overall.
Reduce Outside Noise
Because of the extra two panes of glass, triple pane glass windows are more sound proof than traditional windows. The glass panes act as barriers, making it difficult for outdoor sound to travel through your windows. This is particularly beneficial if you happen to live near noisy neighbors or a busy road.
As a result of being so energy efficient, installing triple pane windows will eliminate the possibility of drafts from occurring. Drafts occur when outdoor temperatures penetrate through leaks in the window and into your home. For example, when cold air in the winter manages to get through your window, thereby making the space around it feel cold despite having the heat on. By eliminating drafts, you’ll make the areas around your windows much more comfortable.
If the temperature outside differs drastically from the temperature inside, it can result in condensation forming on the glass. This tends to happen most often during the winter seasons. The formation of condensation can be problematic because it can damage your window sills or surrounding drywall, not to mention help promote the growth of mold. However, the use of three glass panes will offer resistance to temperature transfer from outside to inside (and vice versa), thereby eliminating any chance of condensation forming.
Eliminate Window Convection
Window convection has a similar impact on home comfort as a draft does. However, drafts are caused by leaks in the window, whereas window convection can occur without any type of air leak existing. Convection happens when air produced by your heating system gives its heat to the colder side of a glass window. Once cooled down, as a result, the air sinks down below the window, causing what feels like a draft. Window conviction not only diminishes home comfort, but it also causes your home to lose heat, which affects your heating costs. By installing triple pane windows, you eliminate the possibility of window convection.
One glass pane is somewhat easy to break through. Three glass panes? Not so much. As such, a triple glass window is going to offer much more security for your home.
As you can see, there are many benefits when it comes to upgrading a single or even a double pane glass window with a new triple pane window. When it comes down to it, triple pane windows will improve your comfort and reduce your energy costs, thereby making the initial investment well worth the money. For information about our wide range of replacement windows, including triple pane windows, contact us at Armorvue Home Exteriors in Toledo, OH, and request a free estimate. We are currently scheduling virtual appointments, so let’s talk about your new windows today.
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