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Single, Double, or Triple Pane Windows for Chicago Homeowners
Since the greater part of the window is made of glass, choosing the right window that can dramatically improve your energy efficiency at home is paramount. There are three main types of replacement windows namely: single, double and triple pane windows. Double and triple pane windows are made with layers of glass. The layers are usually filled with gas, such as krypton or argon to improve insulation.
Single Pane Windows
As the name suggest, a single pane window has only one glass pane that is attached on the window’s frame. Glass is a good conductor of heat and tends to allow the transfer of it. During winter seasons, when heating your home becomes a necessity, there can be substantial heat loss through single-pane glass windows. However, single pane glasses are less expensive than their double and triple pane counterparts.
Double Pane Windows
If you are thinking of ways to save money on heating and cooling costs, one of the available solutions is replacing all single pane windows with double pane windows. As already mentioned, this is a significant investment, but you will benefit from reduced energy bills, increased safety, a more comfortable house, and an increased value of your property.
As the name denotes, double-pane windows have two panes of glass in every single window. There is a small space between the panes of glass designed to increase insulation. Generally, an inert gas such as argon or krypton is filled to the space left between the panes of glass to further boost the insulation. As a matter of fact, double pane window could be as much as 50% more energy efficient than its single-pane counterpart.
Triple Pane Windows
Triple pane windows are said to be 80 to 90 percent more energy efficient than single-pane windows. If you live an extremely cold climate, opting for a triple pane window rather than double pane windows is a prudent decision. In terms of cost, however, triple pane windows are more expensive than single and double pane windows. Even with their cost, they will provide you with maximum comfort and an energy efficient home.
With three layers of glass, triple pane windows prevent heat loss or gain through the window. The panes also stop UV-rays from penetrating through the glass to protect your carpet, curtains and furniture from fading.