While the weather is suitable, change the glass panes of your single pane windows and replace them with double pane ones. Most double glazing windows have two glass panes with a spacer, separating two panes. But can installing a double pane window really make a difference in your energy usage? There are actually quite a few benefits of installing the right double pane window for your house. Let’s check them out.
Benefits of replacing your HOME windows
Most double pane windows are an obvious choice for extreme weather. Why? Because of their unique mechanisms, they offer double protection from the elements and are sealed to prevent unwanted air conditioning or heat from leaving the home. Even in mild climates like Northern California you can reduce your air leakage by up to 50%. As a result your energy bills are bound to drop. When you think about your home, there are two things that come to mind. The comfort and the costs and most double pane windows cater to that. Not only are they efficient but they look nice too. If you have heard the term “reduce before you produce” it refers to adding solar panels to your home. You should be aware that reducing the air leakage from your home with energy efficient solutions like energy star dual pane windows and using energy star appliances is what we mean by reduce. Then, once your home is using as little excess energy as possible should you add solar panels to produce a Window Condensation in Your Home.
With a double pane window, you will have less condensation. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has a window rating system based on total window performance. Part of that rating system has to do with condensation resistance. What a good quality dual pane window does is, resist the formation of condensation on the interior of the window. The higher the CR rating the better. Condensation rating is measured as a number between 0 and 100.
Double pane windows material
Double pane windows are very tough. They cannot be easily broken. Most suppliers have a no-break guarantee. A double pane window will block the heat and the cold from outside, keeping your home comfortable. When you are looking for a good double pane window, you need to be extra cautious about the materials. The quality of windows largely depends on the materials. Be sure to compare window quality as well as the installation guarantees. Most dual pane window design is done in such a manner that the back frame which is kept closed can support the double pane without losing its strength. When you first get an estimation of the double pane window, it may seem a little expensive, but in the long run, you will find that you are saving money on the energy bills with the investment paying off over time.
There will be a lot of designs for double pane windows in the market, but how do you know that which one of them can be the best options for your homes? If you are simply looking to replace a single pane window or possibly re-design to look of your home, you will need to discuss that with a licensed windows expert. But choosing a window for an exact replacement will still take some thought.
Some of the options you can choose from are:
- Single horizontal sliding windows
- Patterned glass
- Bay windows
- Picture window
- Double hung or double slider window
If you live in any of the five counties listed below, Bell Brothers is happy to provide you with an appointment with our window experts who can assess your needs, budget and utility usage, providing you with a Free in home estimate. Give us a call today (916)444-1234