There are single, double, and triple-pane windows available.
While they are all equally great for seeing the perpetual overcast sunlight in Ohio, there are quite a few key differences.
Double and triple-paned windows feature two or three panes of glass, separated by a layer of gas. At Window Nation, we use argon gas which is not toxic (unlike Michigan fans). When captured between panes, argon gas improves thermal insulation, which improves energy efficiency by slowing the transfer of heat through the window into your home or out of your home. Though, in Columbus, there probably isn’t too much heat transferring into your home.
For a typical home in Columbus, 40% of the annual energy budget goes toward heating and cooling costs, and replacing the windows in your home is a great way to keep more of that money in your pocket.
Window technologies have come a long way, and having windows that make a good seal is just as important as getting modern ENERGY STAR efficiency.
Since energy efficiency is such an important fact to consider when getting replacement windows, we are often asked, "How much better are triple pane windows than double pane windows at saving money on energy bills?"
This is an important question to address. But there are a few other things to consider when deciding between double and triple-paned windows.
Here's what you need to know.
Double Pane Windows: BEST VALUE
You can head over to North Market and grab all the buckeyes you want with the money you save, because double pane windows are the best bang for your buck. This is why it is the number one window choice in the entire country. When you upgrade your current windows to double pane windows the difference will be as obvious as the Cavs with and without LeBron.
If budget is a factor, it makes sense to go with double pane windows for the best deal upfront. A standard double pane window with argon gas is going to reflect 90% of the energy and only let 10% through. That means on the rare occasion of a sunny day in Ohio, 90% of the heat from the sun is going to stay outside, and only 10% is going to get in. On a cold winter day, 90% of the heat from your furnace is going to stay inside your home, and only 10% is going to leak out.
Do you want to savor all the natural light you can get here? When you have two panes of glass instead of three, you're going to have fewer coatings for the sun to get through. That means double-pane windows will allow more light into your home. It is a subtle difference, but one to consider.
Triple Pane Windows : MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT
If comfort is your biggest concern, triple pane windows will be the best option. Triple pane windows are within a degree or two of the wall temperatures at any given time.
A typical triple-pane window will reflect 97% of energy and only allow 3% to pass through. These are the optimal choice for energy efficiency; let your heating system take a bit of a break.
Some of our customers are also looking for a reduction in noise. The extra pane of glass makes this window option the number one choice for keeping noise out. Living in Columbus, you’re bound to have noisy neighbors, and triple-pane windows will make all the difference.
Triple pane glass will also provide extra security. The glass we use has the same technology used in windshield design and can withstand up to 30 swings from a Progressive Field baseball bat.
What's the Verdict?
The good news is that, no matter what, double pane or triple pane windows will have an immediate benefit on your energy bills.
If you're ready for a quality of life upgrade, grab some Skyline Chili, then reach out to us today to schedule a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate. We'll send a knowledgeable technician to your home to help you figure out what window options will work best for your Columbus home.
Only you can decide what matters most to you. We can give you the vital information you need to make the best decision.