Frequently Asked Questions About Insulated Glass Units
Insulated glass units (IGUs, or double glazing windows) are commonly used double paned windows in home and commercial buildings. At Glass Doctor®, we specialize in installing insulated glass units for windows that need replacements and upgrades.
Expertise is important when you install new windows in your home. Glazing is a trade requiring training and skill you’re probably not going to get from a store clerk. Here are some of the questions we routinely hear from customers who are thinking about purchasing insulated windows.
Do Insulated Glass Windows Really Save on Energy Bills?
Yes, insulated glass windows help your home become more energy efficient. Glass is great for letting in light and adding space to homes, but single pane windows don’t do much to protect against weather. Insulated glass units seal air or gas in between two panes of glass. The layer of gas diffuses heat transfer, which makes the window more energy efficient. By keeping the ambient indoor air temperature insulated from the outside, IGUs help lower your energy bill. In short, this air space, or pocket, increases the thermal performance and insulating value of your home.
Do I Need to Inject Gas in Between the Panes?
Sometimes, the spaces in between insulated windows are filled with argon or krypton gas. There is a bit of debate about the value they add. That said, when we come to the house for your consultation, we’re happy to walk through the costs and benefits of a gas fill.
What Is “Low-E” Glass?
Low emissivity glass has a reflective film applied to the panes. In warmer climates, the film is placed on the outer pane to reflect heat away from the window. In colder climates, it’s placed on the inside frame to reflect heat back into your home. We’re happy to offer Low-E glass as an option for your insulated windows.
Do I Have to Replace the Whole Window?
In many cases, you won’t have to replace the whole window. If your window has a broken seal or a cracked pane, we’re happy to simply replace the glass and restore the seal. Glass Doctor offers trusted repair and replacement services for both commercial and home windows.