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Insulating Gas: An Upgrade You Can See Through?

Home replacement windows are a great upgrade.  They enhance your home’s overall energy efficiency, saving you money.  That’s a critical consideration in this tight economy — but that same economy has homeowners who are considering home replacement window installation looking carefully at the process.  They want to make sure that home replacement windows deliver top value: they want the energy saving bang for the buck.

At the same time, many homeowners are leery of spending money needlessly.  When they’re looking at vinyl replacement windows, they often easily convinced of vinyl replacement windows value. Few replacement window options match the easy maintenance vinyl replacement windows offer: you never need to paint them, and they tilt in to clean. 

The rigid construction and double or triple pane glass featured in many vinyl replacement windows makes sense to home owners too.  They can ‘see’ the value.  But when it comes to insulating gas, there’s a tendency to balk.  Can something you can’t see, smell, or feel really make a difference in how your replacement windows work?

The answer is a definitive yes.  Insulating gas, such as Argon, can raise the R value of a window by as much as half a point: that’s a considerable difference.  Remember, the higher the R value, the better the  job that the replacement window does at keeping the cold air out and the warm air in.  The insulating gas pockets act as a buffer, sandwiched between panes of glass, standing guard to keep your family comfortable. 

It’s worth noting that many manufacturers of high-quality replacement windows, including vinyl replacement windows, fiberglass replacement windows, and wood replacement windows now use argon-filled glass as the standard. If you’re determined to forgo insulating gas pockets in your windows, you may have to pay an additional charge, which is just counterintuitive: why shell out MORE money for less protection?