Double Pane Windows
Whether it's the freezing Midwest winter or the sweltering dog days of summer, keeping your home at a comfortable temperature requires the successful regulation of heat exchange between the interior and exterior. Windows play a key role in this exchange. Poor insulation, design flaws and other factors all play a role in decreased window efficiency. Fortunately, Glass Doctor® of Crown Point has the solution.
Double Pane Window Overview
Traditional windows use a single pane of glass to separate your home's interior from the outside environment. Although glass does have insulating properties, it still transfers heat. In the summer, heat from outdoors, especially that of direct sunlight, is passed into your home's cool interior. In the winter, the opposite occurs and heat is lost to the outside.
Double pane windows, often called insulated glass units (IGUs), minimize this process by sealing a layer of inert gas between two or more panes of glass. As heat passes through the first pane, it's absorbed into the gas pocket. This helps maintain an ambient temperature and minimize heat transfer. To make the gas layer more efficient and prevent fogging, humidity in the space is absorbed by the spacer, which is often compromised of moisture-absorbing desiccant.
Double Pane Window Repair
If you need double pane window repair on an existing unit, Glass Doctor of Crown Point can repair or replace them as necessary. If you currently have single-pane windows and one breaks this is a good time to upgrade to double panes. In most cases, we can easily add an IGU to your existing frame, minimizing cost and complexity of the installation.
Window Seal Inspection and Replacement
Regardless of the quality of your double-pane windows, if one or more of the seals is compromised due to damage or age, the insulating properties are greatly reduced. Glass Doctor of Crown Point experts will inspect your seals for damage and replace them if necessary.
For the ultimate window efficiency, Glass Doctor of Crown Point recommends low-emissivity (Low-E) panes. This type of glass contains a coating that blocks heat transfer via infrared radiation. This is especially effective in keeping your home cooler in the summer, but also increases heating efficiency in the winter.
If you're looking to improve your home’s existing windows or need double pane window repair, call Glass Doctor of Crown Point for a consultation. Together we'll develop a window efficiency plan that is perfect for your home.