Windows are especially vulnerable when it comes to efficiency, but there are several ways to improve their energy performance. Manufacturers add extra layers of glass, specialized low-emissivity (low-e) coatings, and increase the thickness of the airspace between the panes. But another important strategy is one you can’t see with the eye. It is the low-conductivity gas used in the airspace between the glass. That’s right, it isn’t just normal air stuck between those panes. Here is some information you should know about the specialized gasses manufacturers use for Seal Beach, CA replacement windows.
A Brief History of Double Pane Windows
When first created in Victorian Scotland, double glazed windows had ordinary air between the panes of glass. Then during the 20th century technology advanced to replace the air with a vacuum. Today manufacturers have turned to a new solution: inert gas fills. Manufactures today pump special gasses inside the units to improve thermal efficiency. The gasses are odorless, colorless, and nontoxic. They are also more viscous, which allows for less convection and heat transfer. The three main gasses in use today include Argon, Krypton, and enon.
What is Argon?
This is the third most common gas in the atmosphere. It has a density of 1.784 g/L and improves thermal performance over air by 15 percent. And because this gas is more readily available it often represents the best balance between cost and performance. That is why it the industry standard for insulated glass units (IGUs) and that probably won’t change any time soon.
What is Krypton?
Krypton represents the middle ground. It is not as readily available as argon, only making up about 1 part per million in the atmosphere. And given the same airspace, Krypton will outperform argon. But the energy savings don’t usually justify the significantly higher price tag. That said, as the airspace between panes gets smaller, the gap between Krypton and Argon gets wider. Argon does not perform as well as krypton in smaller spaces. This is why you will more often see Krypton gas insulating triple glazed units.
What is Xenon?
Today architecture is trending more and more towards the transparent. Modern buildings have entire walls constructed of glass. How can these installations no compromise the efficiency? The answer is usually Xenon gas. It has a conductivity that is 79 percent lower than air. This relatively recent innovation is at the forefront of IGU technology.
When you use inert gas in conjunction with low-e coatings and thermal breaks, modern windows perform better than ever before. In addition to blocking heat transfer, the noble gasses also help protect against noise pollution and damage ultraviolet light from the sun.
With more stringent building codes replacement windows in Seal Beach, CA need to meet the higher efficiency standards. So if you are considering replacement windows you need to talk with professionals who can walk you through the products and help you find the right solutions for local codes and your budget. Call Seaport Windows and Doors at (714) 220-3939 or visit 4201 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720.