29 June 2012
Insulated Glass Basics

With summer heating up big time, many homeowners are thinking about the benefits of insulated glass windows. And no wonder. In an old house - and even some newer ones - the windows may be single-pane types that were installed decades ago. Or they may be multiple-pane installations using out-of-date technologies. Windows like that don't do enough to prevent the transmission of heat. As a result, they wind up increasing air-conditioning energy costs (not to mention heating in the cold months).

Insulated glass windows are another story entirely. They are double-pane or triple-pane types, with special insulating spacers separating the panes. Some windows will contain insulating gases such as argon or krypton between panes; many will also feature low-emissivity coatings.

The upshot of all this: choose your windows carefully, taking advantage of current technologies, and you'll receive a bunch of important benefits. Insulated glass windows help you keep a steady temperature in your house. The interior of your house gains less heat in the summer with these models, and retains heat better in wintertime. And that means year-round savings of energy and money.

Nor are these the only benefits of today's high-tech windows. Insulated windows reduce the formation of condensation on the inner surface. And they do a much better job than old-fashioned windows at keeping street noise to a minimum.

At ABE Doors and Windows, we'll be glad to consult with you - there's no charge, of course - to find exactly the right windows for your home. We handle many sizes, styles and varieties. Call us today at 610-398-2430 to take the first step.