The Department of Energy states that 25 percent of heating and cooling costs are affected by energy loss through a home’s windows. When you consider the cost of your heating and cooling bills, that could be a significant amount of money! Luckily, there is something that you can do – install double pane windows. While installing new windows does require an upfront investment, in the long run, the savings on your pocketbook as well as the environment will make the investment well worth it.
The Main Difference
So what are the main differences between double pane and single pane windows? Let’s take a look.
- Single pane windows, as the name suggests, have one pane. This leaves your home vulnerable to the outdoor temperatures as well as to the noise outside your home. There is no insulation to act as a barrier to heat, cold or noise.
- Double pane windows have two panes that are an inch or two apart. In between those two panes is “trapped air” which acts as the barrier to exterior temperatures and noise. When cold, heat or noise enters the outer pane, it is trapped in the air in between the panes, preventing it from entering your home.
Double Pane Windows Equals Comfort
In our area, we are fortunate enough to experience all four seasons, but that does not mean that all temperatures are pleasant. Thinking back to last winter, our temperatures got rather frigid and days like we have had during this last week, the temperatures got really high. If you took a close look at your utility bills during these specific time periods, you would likely see that your furnace and/or air conditioner were working overtime during those periods.
With double pane windows, you get a more consistent temperature in your home all of the time. This allows everyone in your home to feel comfortable and rest easy As an added benefit, your utility bills will consistently be lower with double pane windows as your furnace and air conditioner are not forced to work harder on really hot or really cold days.
If new windows are on your agenda in the near future, consider looking into double pane windows; you will likely find that they are well worth the investment in your home.