When it comes time to replace your windows, you may quickly realize just how many options there are on the market today. Your old windows might only have single-pane glass. That type of glass is highly inefficient. Today’s windows come with at least double-pane glass and sometimes even triple-pane glass. You may not think too much about that at first, but as you do more research, you will learn there are things that can go between those panes! What are they and what are the benefits for your Plano, TX home?
Even ‘just air’ is better
Single-pane glass offers you one thin layer of glass between your home and the sweltering Texas heat. When you think about it, that’s not very much. No wonder your home always feels hot and humid on the worst days! If you get double-pane glass, even with just air between the panes, you still get an extra layer of protection against the heat. But there are other things that can go between the glass that is even better.
Argon gas cuts down on expenses
Argon gas is one of the most popular items to put between panes of glass, and it can have a huge impact on heating and cooling costs. Argon gas is colorless and odorless, but it is denser than air, so it is a more efficient insulator than just air.
Krypton gas is a great thermal barrier
Krypton gas is even more dense and thick than argon gas so it is an even better barrier. But it is more expensive and many homeowners don’t want the extra expense. Both argon and krypton gases are naturally occurring and non-reactive.
When it comes time to choose something to put between the window panes for your new windows, take a look at the energy ratings. Are the windows Energy Star rated? Because these products are often twice (if not more!) as efficient as other windows. When windows are rated with the Energy Star label, they are thermally efficient and can also cut back on the UV damage your home receives from the hot Texas sun.
Low-E coatings enhance efficiency
Some windows not only have gas between the panes, but also a low-e coating on the glass. These coatings can block 90% of the ultraviolet rays that hit your windows. That means they provide more comfort to the interior of your home because the heat simply doesn’t get through. You don’t have to worry about fading furniture and flooring and can let in natural light without letting in heat.
So what should you choose for your home window in Plano, TX? The options are all yours, but the professionals at Southwest Door & Window are here to help! We’ll answer any questions so you can make informed decisions on what’s best for your home and family. Give us a call today and set up a free consultation at 214-341-2212. You can also stop by our showroom and browse the options at 10255 Miller Rd Dallas, TX 75238.