If you are new to the world of buying and installing windows, you may not have known that they contain pockets of argon gas. But, it’s true — practically all modern windows contain either argon or krypton gas instead of air between the two or three panes of glass. In this post, we will explore why argon is the main gas manufacturers choose to fill the empty space between panes.
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There are a number of properties that make argon, one of the “Noble Gases,” an excellent gas for filling the space between your window panes. Put simply, argon is used because it is very easy to collect — being the third most abundant gas in our atmosphere — and because it does not condensate at normal or even extreme air temperatures.
If window makers filled their windows with regular air that we breathe, the water molecules in that air would quickly fog up or form ice crystals every time the weather changed. This is why if your window is cracked or old enough that the seals on the outside are failing, you may be getting foggy condensation inside your windows. Condensation is one of the easiest ways to know that it is time for a window replacement because it means that the seals are no longer effective.
What Are the Benefits of Having Argon Filled Windows?
Here are some of the reasons why it is a smart decision to double- or triple-pane windows filled with argon for your home:
- Minimizes the amount of heat exiting or entering through the window.
- Higher U-Value (number used to measure a window’s thermal performance)
- More soundproof
- Can be used in any climate or at any elevation
- Will not frost or condensate on the inside of the glass panes
- Does not corrode material the way oxygen will
- Non-toxic so leakages are not dangerous
- Very affordable upgrade that provides significant energy costs savings in the long-term
Should I Get Krypton Filled Windows Instead?
You may see windows advertising gases other than argon. One of the most common other options is krypton. Krypton windows may sport a slightly lower U-Value score, however, krypton windows are often much more expensive. This is because krypton gas is much more rare and more difficult to capture. Since the difference in U-Value is usually very small, is it generally believed that argon windows present a better overall value.
Where do I start?
If you are ready to start your window replacement and find some argon (or krypton) filled windows, IBEX Window & Door would love to hear from you. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources to give you the professional service you deserve. Call us today to receive a free estimate and consultation. We will help you find exactly the right windows for your Oklahoma City residence.