J-Tech Construction is the window installation expert for Lincoln and the Nebraska Tri-cities area. With winter just around the corner, keeping the house warm is on everyone’s mind. This means it might be a good time to look into replacing old, inefficient windows.
We are all familiar with standard double pane windows. Let’s go one better and look at the benefits of installing triple pane windows and help you decide if it’s time for an upgrade.
WHAT ARE TRIPLE PANE WINDOWS?
Triple pane windows have 3 panes of glass that are each separated by an insulating gap, usually filled with a gas like Argon or krypton. Because of these features, triple pane windows, sometimes called triple glazed windows, offer even better insulation, energy efficiency and even noise reduction than their double pane counterparts.
TRIPLE VS DOUBLE PANE: WHAT’S THE BIG DIFFERENCE?
The difference between double and triple pane windows is, well, fairly obvious. Most residential windows are double panes, and each pane is usually approximately ⅛” thick. While there are some older homes which still have single pane windows, most homes are already equipped with at least double panes. Triple pane windows, have the added benefit of one extra window pane, but how much help can that actually be?
BENEFITS OF TRIPLE PANE WINDOWS
Actually, the benefits of triple pane windows are pretty extensive.
- Energy Savings – First and foremost, there’s the energy savings provided. We use the U-factor to measure the rate of heat transfer for windows to determine their efficiency. The triple pane windows used by J-Tech can improve upon the U-factor of a dual pane window by nearly 52%! This applies to the cold winter months, but triple pane windows help keep your home cooler in the summer as well.
- Humidity and Condensation Management – Triple pane windows also help reduce condensation on windows and keep humidity in the home. Because they’re less drafty and better insulated, triple pane glass is helpful in keeping the humidity in your home more consistent during the winter. That way, you can turn off the humidifier without dealing with dry, itchy throats all season.
- Noise Reduction – The one extra pane of glass and insulating gas with 3 layer windows adds an additional barrier, which helps further reduce external noises. Triple glazed windows can be especially helpful if you live near a noisy area, including airports and freeways.
SHOULD I REPLACE MY WINDOWS?
While most homes with dual pane windows are likely performing well enough to last the winter, there are a few things which one could consider a reason to replace windows. For example, if your home is consistently drafty or has a hard time holding heat, it might be time to call a professional. Similarly, if you are consistently seeing foggy windows throughout your home, or if any windows are damaged or broken, you’ll want to have them looked at before winter. Lastly, if your home still has old, single pane windows, you’ll want to look into at least dual, if not triple pane window installation to help you save on energy costs year round!
ARE TRIPLE PANE WINDOWS WORTH IT?Trying to decide whether triple pane windows are a good choice for your home? You can contact our team at J-Tech Construction and ask for a free window installation estimate. We’d be happy to head over, get you a free estimate, and talk about your window installation and replacement options today!