Thermal pane windows have surged in popularity for their energy-efficient design, but just what is a thermal pane window and how can it help you maintain a happier home? While a standard window consists of one pane of glass, a thermal pane window can have double or triple the panes. This provides a better barrier against the elements, which means you can spend less on heating and cooling! Let’s dive into the benefits of this technology for homeowners.
Explaining the Thermal Pane Window Design
Did you know that windows can account for up to 30 percent of your heating and cooling costs? That means that standard windows can actually cost you tons of money in bills over time. A thermal pane window improves upon the standard design in a number of ways.
- A thermal pane window uses two or three layers of glasses to reduce heat transfer between your home and the outside environment.
- Between each pane is a layer of insulating gases, which add another layer of insulation to both sides of the glass.
- A layer of low emissive coating of metallic oxide is applied to each pane to reduce energy consumption even more. This adds a third barrier against harsh weather.
Can Thermal Pane Windows Be Repaired?
One of the most common questions we hear is, “Can thermal windows be repaired?” This design is not only energy-efficient, but extremely strong as well. However, it is possible for the thermal pane window seals to develop moisture over time. This can create condensation, which leads to a cloudy appearance. But frequently, there are simple methods available to repair the thermal pane window seal without the need to replace the entire window.
- Testing: Has the window seal really failed? Hold an ice cube on the glass and notice the reaction. If moisture forms on the outside of the glass, your window is fine. If it forms on the inside, your seal has failed.
- Prevention: Some window manufacturers add a small valve to the window by drilling a tiny hole and coating it with a moisture control membrane. This lets moisture out without letting anything in.
- Repair: Even if your thermal pane window seal has failed, it doesn’t mean the entire window is compromised. Often, homeowners simply need to replace the faulty pane and they can continue to enjoy the energy savings of a thermal pane window.
Get a Home Inspection With The BrickKicker
Whether you’re thinking of upgrading to thermal pane windows or you’re concerned about your current window seals, a professionally-certified inspection can give you greater peace of mind moving forward. Contact us at The BrickKicker for more information.