While single-pane windows have a single layer (your regular old-fashioned glass window), double-pane windows are made up of two layers of glass, with a space in between that can be filled with a certain type of gas (usually argon or krypton) in order to insulate the temperature inside the house.
Not everything is perfect when it comes to double pane windows.
A huge precaution to have in mind when replacing a single-pane window for a double-pane window is that, in order to show a significant reduction in energy, you absolutely must upgrade the entire house. Replacing a single window won’t have a noticeable impact on your energy savings. If you have a home that was originally built with single-pane windows and can’t afford the very expensive investment of changing all of them simultaneously, it’s better to keep the original windows for now and save up for double-pane windows in the meantime.
And of course (like anything involving construction): QUALITY MATTERS. A poorly fabricated double-pane window will most certainly cost more than what it saves in the long run. From failed seals, to incorrectly spaced panes and shoddy manufacturing, being cheap when buying a double-pane window may cost way more than you bargained for. Quality is fundamental for double-pane windows to work properly.
Nevertheless, after reviewing the pros and cons of double-pane windows, the answer is YES! If one takes the precautions necessary to buy good quality windows, double-pane windows are absolutely worth the investment.
Christopher has been been in the Real Estate industry for 8 years and has had the opportunity to close over 1,000 deals while acting as the Managing Broker for thousands more. Christopher is passionate about continuing to find ways to simplify, maximize, and serve Trelora’s clients exceptionally well and spends his time building teams to deliver high levels of service. When not doing real estate Christopher can be seen training for marathons and ultra relays with his 2 year old daughter, eating pizza, and drinking a steady stream of Diet Coke.