Double pane replacement windows in San Jose, CA are something you should consider when you are choosing replacement windows to have installed in your home. Many older windows have only a single pane. Until the 1990s, single pane windows were the widely-used type of windows in new home construction.
Single pane windows have a single layer of glass while double pane windows have two layers of glass. While the single layer of glass in single-pane windows can offer adequate protection from the elements, such as wind, rain, and snow, it is not very effective in insulating your home. That is because glass doesn’t insulate very well.
Research into energy usage and costs over the last several decades has found that doors and windows account for around 70 percent of a home’s energy loss. A whopping 90 percent of that energy loss can be directly tied to the glass in the windows and doors in your home.
This means less insulation for your home. With less insulation in your home, the temperature outside can negatively impact the temperature and the comfort of the inside of your home.
Until double pane windows came along, most homeowners with single pane windows addressed their insulation problem by having storm windows installed in their homes. Storm windows were a separate window that was affixed to the outer window frame. They had glass and screen, so they could be closed in colder weather, and provide heat insulation, and opened in warmer weather to provide ventilation.
Having storm windows does provide good insulation for single pane windows, but the maintenance efforts and the replacement costs when something goes wrong doubles.
Double pane replacement windows are single windows that contain two panes of glass that are separated by a layer of inert gas (usually argon or krypton), which significantly slows the transfer of heat and cold through the window.
Double pane replacement windows (a Low Emissivity or Low-E coating is recommended) allows the maximum amount of natural light in while retaining more heat in your home in the winter and reducing the amount of solar heat and ultraviolet rays in your home during the summer. This means that your home stays warm when it’s cold outside and cooler when it’s hot outside.
Double pane replacements windows are a significant investment in your home. However, you will see immediate returns on that investment from the first day your double pane replacement windows are in your home.
One of these returns will be much lower year round energy bills. This is because less you have less heat and cold coming in through your windows, which makes your home more comfortable and makes your HVAC system run more efficiently and lowers how much you have to pay for energy.
Having double pane replacement windows installed throughout your home can result in an 18 percent increase in energy savings during hot weather and a 24 percent increase in energy savings during cold weather.
Double pane replacement windows are also an excellent solution to help make your home more soundproof because of the combination of two panes of glass with a layer of gas in between them. This makes them a good investment for homeowners who live in urban areas that are noisy all the time, for homeowners who live on heavily traveled roads, and homeowners who live in busy neighborhoods.
Not only do double pane replacement windows keep outside noise from disturbing you and your family inside your home, but they also keep your interior noise (music, gaming, playtime, etc.) inside your home without bothering your neighbors.