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Welcome to my window blog. My name is Christy, and this is one of a series of blogs I am making about homes and home repairs. I was inspired to write about these topics after remodelling our home and replacing a lot of elements like the windows. I am going to write about everything from choosing the right windows for your climate to keeping your glass squeaky clean. I hope that you like reading these blogs -- if they inspire or help you, share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media you like! Thanks again for reading and enjoy!

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Getting Familiar with Double Glazed Windows

by Carla Johnson

No matter what type of home you have, heat loss through windows is inevitable. What you can do though is install energy efficient windows that will reduce the amount of heat you lose on a daily basis. This could significantly reduce your heating-related utility bills in the long run. One of the more popular options for energy efficient windows are double glazed windows. These windows comprise two glass panes that have been joined together with a gap in between the panes. Here are some of the things you should know about double glazed windows if you are looking to enhance the energy efficiency of your home.

What glass would best suit your double glazed windows?

There are various glass options that you could consider for your double glazed window panes. These include tinted glass, reflective glass and more. However, if your main concern is making sure your windows are energy efficient, then you should consider low emissivity (Low-E) glass for your double glazed windows. This type of glass has a metal oxide coating on the interior part of the double glazed windows. This coating functions to allow the transfer of heat and natural light into the home, but ensures that heat does not escape from the residence.

What substance should you choose between the double glazed panes?

Conventional double glazed windows used to have a vacuum in between the window panes. However, the only feature that the vacuum would offer is not allowing heat transfer from the indoors to the outdoors. Now you can choose from an array of gases, ranging from argon to xenon, to fill the space in between the window panes. The different gases comes with their own added advantages. For instance, argon will not only make your double glazed windows more energy efficient but it will also enhance their sound insulation.

What type of window frame would suit your double glazed windows?

Typically, window framing materials are based on individual aesthetic preferences. As such, you can choose any type of window frame to fit your double glazed windows into. However, it should be noted that the maintenance as well as longevity of the frames would depend on their materials. For instance, uPVC frames are one of the more durable options as they will not be affected by moisture or temperature changes. Wood, on the other hand, is aesthetically appealing but will require extensive maintenance to ensure it does not prematurely succumb to wear and tear.

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