There are two primary glass package options for residents in Chicago: dual and triple pane. Originally, windows only came with a single pane of glass. These were extremely inefficient and simply provided a single layer of protection against wind, rain, and snow.

Can you imagine only one pane of glass between you and cold Chicago winters?

Luckily, you don’t need to settle for single pane. Here is what you need to know about dual pane and triple pane windows.

Dual Pane: Efficient and Easy on the Wallet

Dual pane windows are the norm in the replacement window industry. When you see windows advertised on TV or in ads, it’s safe to assume these are dual pane windows unless stated otherwise.

With dual pane windows, there is a gap inside the windows between the two panes of glass. This is where you will have energy efficient gases such as argon or krypton inserted into the window.

The cheapest windows on the market do not include any energy-efficient gases in this chamber. You’ll want to make sure that your new dual pane windows include argon gas.

To experience the best energy savings results possible, look for the Energy Star seal of approval on your new dual pane windows. This signifies that the window has undergone testing for energy efficiency and includes high ratings for air infiltration and more.

Triple Pane Windows: The Epitome of Energy Efficiency

If you’re serious about saving energy, triple pane windows are the right choice for you. Triple pane windows combined with professional installation can save significant energy. This is especially the case when you upgrade outdated single pane windows with triple pane, which can result in savings of over $400 per year.

What makes triple pane windows so energy efficient? The secret is within the second chamber of glass. This extra chamber is an additional barrier against energy loss, and it also provides a second space for krypton gas. Krypton gas is denser than argon and best suited for the smaller window chambers of triple pane, resulting in one of the most energy efficient windows on the market.

Furthermore, triple pane windows also offer sound reduction for a quieter home. For those who hear every noise while they sleep or work the night shift, triple pane can make your life easier.

Whether you choose dual or triple pane windows from UWD, we’re sure to install some of the most efficient windows available today in Chicago. Contact us today for a free consultation.