The construction of modern energy saving windows is essentially a mystery to the general public. When having a new window installation, most people are unaware there are gas pockets between the multiple layers of glass. What gases are used and what is their purpose are some of the questions we will address in this article.
New Window Installation: Energy Efficient Window Construction
Why Gas Is Used
Because gas is denser than air, it is employed as an insulator between window glass. Consider the gas as a layer of protection between your windows. When gas is trapped inside the window, it keeps outside air from entering your home. These gases match the temperature of the window to that of the house interior. This feature is one of the reasons that new windows can provide more consistent interior temperatures throughout the year. The presence of gas between the panes of glass is critical for today’s energy efficient windows.
Argon & Krypton Gas
Both argon and krypton are non-toxic, inert, clear, and odorless gases. Because they perform well in any temperature or region, these gases are widely utilized in windows. Argon is cheaper and readily available, but krypton is a better insulator. Whether used in rainy, high altitude, humid, or dry areas, gas-filled windows will work effectively. This style of window is used in both home and commercial window installations.
The more insulation people use in their homes, the less money and resources they will need to keep their houses at comfortable temperatures throughout the year. Replacing single-pane windows with double (or even triple) paned windows will achieve significant energy cost savings. Windows are independently tested and certified by Energy-Star, a government program that assists consumers in navigating energy consumption. According to their lab tests, gas-filled windows boost their u-value or insulating ability significantly.
Gases versus Normal Air
Argon and krypton cannot be distinguished from normal air (oxygen, hydrogen & nitrogen) by the human eye, even though they are much denser. The higher density of argon and krypton helps insulate your home. In addition, normal air is moisture-laden, and when trapped between two panes of glass for an extended period, it will eventually cause damage to windows. When exposed to oxygen, the internal materials in a window degrade faster over time, becoming hazy and leaky as time goes on.
Windows by Toll
When considering an energy efficient window installation, gas-filled windows should be high on the list. Windows By Toll can recommend the best windows to suit your home and budget needs. Contact us today at 203-580-9945.