Double Pane Windows
Hot Springs’ humid subtropical climate gives its residents wonderfully mild winters and hot, humid summers. As early as the month of April, you may notice your energy bill starting to get more expensive as the days get warmer and muggier. As you wait for October’s cooler temperatures to arrive, use high-efficiency windows to reduce the strain on your cooling system and lower your power bills. Glass Doctor® of Central Arkansas sells a variety of insulated glass units (IGUs) that prevent energy leaks and improve the efficiency of your home. From new installations to double pane window repair, we offer comprehensive glass solutions designed to save you money and maintain the comfort levels in your home.
Anatomy of a Double Pane Window
A double pane window is a type of IGU available at Glass Doctor of Central Arkansas. It consists of two panes of glass that an insulating spacer with a desiccant material separates; the desiccant absorbs moisture. When our glass specialists install double pane windows, they use a high-quality sealant to block moisture and prevent energy leaks. If it’s the right solution for you, glass specialists will add a non-toxic gas, such as krypton or argon, to insulate the window further.
In the summer, the space between the pieces of glass in double pane windows traps the warm outside air and slows heat transfers. This prevents warm air from entering your air conditioned home. Similarly, in the winter, the windows prevent the warm air in your home from escaping.
If you notice water droplets, fog or a milky appearance between the panes of glass, you’ll need a double pane window repair because a window seal is broken or loose. Reasons for this happening include:
- Extreme temperatures
- Low seal quality
- Improper seal installation
Advantage of Double Pane Windows
Air leaks can account for up to 40% of a home’s heating and cooling losses. If you have traditional windows, outside temperatures affect indoor temperatures because of heat exchanges. Operating a heating and cooling system in a home that experiences energy losses is like letting money slip through the cracks because the HVAC system has to work harder to maintain comfortable temperatures. When the unit works harder, it uses more energy and increases your carbon footprint.
Double pane windows reduce and prevent air and energy leaks while limiting the wear and tear on your HVAC unit. While your home may not feel substantially different after you install IGUs, you’ll notice the difference when you receive the power bill.
Quieter Indoor Environment
In addition to blocking outside temperatures, double pane windows block out noise pollution. Homeowners enjoy this benefit when they have noisy neighbors or loud street traffic.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause fading and discoloration over time. Double pane windows prevent sun-related damage on furniture and other belongings while allowing natural light to fill a room.
Double Pane Window Repair
As soon as you recognize the signs of a broken window seal or damage to the glass, contact the glass specialists at Glass Doctor of Central Arkansas for a double pane window repair. Damage includes chips or cracks in the glass, as well as broken glass. In most cases, we can replace the glass and seal within the existing window frame, using the existing grid, to save you money.
Whether you want to upgrade the windows in your Hot Springs home or seek window repair services, you can count on Glass Doctor of Central Arkansas for all your glass-related needs. Call us today to schedule a free in-home consultation.