uPVC Double Glazed Windows

Double glazed windows, also called insulating glass units, or IGUs, are used for proper insulation. They protect against loud sound and extreme temperatures.

Double glazed upvc windows are actually windows that are made out of two pieces of glass. The glass is inserted into frames that keeps them just a bit apart from each other so a space is created in between. It is filled with with vacuum, or with some kind of non-conductive insulating gas. Of all kinds of insulating windows, uPVC double glazed windows are one of the easiest to see through. As sound does not travel through vacuum, less sound will be able to get through into the house. Also cold and heat have trouble travelling through vacuum, so they are also stopped. It is the same principle as vacuum Thermoses use.

uPVC double glazed windows and gasses

Although the best insulator is vacuum, very few uPVC double glazed windows use it. That is because the window has to be very solid to keep a vacuum. A partial vacuum can be used, but this is not all that common. A partial vacuum means that some of the air was removed, but not all of it. Usually a safe, unharmful gas, such as argon, xenon, or krypton is used instead of vacuum though.

They have no odour, and no colour, so they don’t distort the view. Argon is the cheapest of these three gasses, so it is most commonly used for uPVC windows. Krypton is used for windows with a very tight space, or for windows that need to be very high performing. Xenon is by far the most pricey of these three gasses, and it is rarely used at all.

uPVC double glazed windows save money!

The most common reason to install uPVC double glazed windows is to improve the efficiency of your apartment, and save some money on energy costs. Always when you are trying to keep the inside of your house at a different temperature from the outside you are using energy to do so and insulation helps so you do not have to use as much. Although double glazing prices are higher than the ones for single pane windows, installing them will surely save money on your electricity bill, and will certainly make your home more environmentally friendly.

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1 Comment »

  1. Comment by FourEd — May 21, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    It’s quite common knowledge that double glazing is far superior for insulating your home than single glazing. You should start seeing a reduction in your energy bills.

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