Choosing Between Double or Single Pane Windows

Photo of section of the white sample of PVC of a window on a white backgroundChoosing just the right window for your home and lifestyle can be quite overwhelming. There are so many things that need to be considered. Style, comfort, efficiency and quality of materials all play a strong role in customer satisfaction. Important details such as window type, the amount of sunlight that filters through the window and double- or single-pane glass can make a difference in your energy costs as well as the appearance and comfort of your home.

If you’re confused about the difference between single-pane and double-pane windows, the following guide can help you make the wisest choice for your family.

Single-Pane Windows

Single-pane windows are made with a single layer of glass. They come in all of the same styles and materials that double-pane windows do, but they are not as efficient at keeping out noise or seasonal temperatures. Their initial cost is less, which makes them a good choice for those who need to stay within a strict budget, but over time, energy bills will be higher.

Single-pane glass treatments have no insulation. When you have only one pane of glass, outside temperatures and noise will affect the inside of your home more easily. If you live in a quiet neighborhood and your seasonal temperatures remain mild and consistent throughout the year, single-pane windows might be enough. However, the costs of heating or cooling down your home are directly related to the type of window you choose.

Double-Pane Windows

Double-pane windows come with two panes of glass. These panes are separated from each other by a spaced filled with air. That air traps winter’s colder temperatures or summer’s heat in between the two windows and forms a barrier that blocks the heat and cold from affecting your home. The energy savings over single pane windows can be as much as 24 percent in cold climates during the winter and 18 percent during the summer in hot climates. That results in lower energy costs and less noise, which can be an important consideration if you live on a busy street.

These window treatments do initially cost more than single-pane windows do, since they use double the materials, but the insulation and strength they offer can make them a much better buy. In fact, with double-pane windows you won’t have to use your air conditioner as often and your heater can be set at a lower temperature because the air inside your home will be more consistent.

  • You shouldn’t sacrifice quality for cost. Bad seals, poorly spaced glass, or other defects can negate your energy savings or even allow condensation to form between the panes.
  • To get the intended energy savings, windows replacement need to occur on all of your windows at the same time.

Call Newman Replacement Windows and Doors today at 1.877.763.9626 for more information about our window options or to schedule a free in-home estimate.

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