One of the most important components of energy-efficient windows is dual-pane glass. At Renewal by Andersen® of Orange County, we use this type of glass in our windows installation so you can have more savings and comfortable indoor spaces. Here’s how dual-pane glass works in your home:
What Energy Efficiency is
Understanding how dual-pane glass works means you should also learn about energy efficiency. The objective of energy efficiency is to keep the indoor temperatures stable by minimizing heat loss when it’s cold outside and heat gain when it’s hot. Consequently, this would reduce your indoor heating and cooling requirements, which, in turn, would result in lower energy consumption.
Adequate insulation is the primary means of preventing heat loss or gain. Your home’s envelope, which includes the roof, siding, and doors, has special components that ensure insulation. For window glass, it’s a different matter. Glass is a naturally conductive material, so single-pane windows would easily conduct heat from one side to the other. This wouldn’t be an ideal situation if you want to create an energy-efficient home.
How Dual-Pane Glass Works
Dual-pane or dual-glazed glass is the ideal solution for ensuring energy savings. Heat is easily conducted through solid material such as glass, and is transferred onto air molecules. To block the heat transfer, manufacturers use two glass panes separated with non-conductive spacers. Air molecules are then removed by creating a vacuum between each pane. Fixed windows such as picture windows wouldn’t require further insulation as it doesn’t have moving parts.
You also have additional options if you wish to further enhance the insulation between panes. Renewal by Andersen uses an argon gas blend, an odorless, colorless, non-toxic gas, for filling the airspace and improving insulation between panes. We also has High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass options that reduce heat gain from infrared rays from the sun.
We install energy-saving windows and patio doors in Orange County, CA, and the nearby areas. If you would like to learn more about our energy-efficiency units, including specialty windows, call Renewal by Andersen of Orange County today at (949) 216-7711. You can also fill out our contact form for a free, no obligation quote.