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Noisy Neighborhood? That’s Not a Problem with Double Paned Windows

Dogs barking, cars honking, an ambulance blaring: there’s a lot going on outside of our windows. It’s enough to keep anyone up at night, but with double pane windows, these noises don’t have to make their way into your home.

 

Replacing Your Single Pane Windows to Reduce Noise Pollution

If you have single pane windows, there’s a good chance you’ve suffered from noise pollution in your home. Just by replacing your windows with double pane, you could reduce noise by anywhere between 25%-50%. Single pane windows that are less than ¼ inch thick are particularly ineffective when it comes to keeping noise out. Double pane windows, on the other hand, have a unique design that can keep things quiet.

 

How it Works

Single pane windows are made with one single layer of glass, which results in less insulation from noise. Double pane windows, however, are made with two individual layers of glass with space in between them. Noise is captured in that space, along with the outdoor temperatures.

 

Added Benefits of Double Pane Windows

If you’re considering making the switch to double pane windows to keep neighborhood noise out, there are many other benefits as well. Due to the increased insulation, double pane windows are incredibly sturdy and durable, keeping you safe and adding to the overall value of your home. Additionally, this insulation keeps seasonal temperatures out and makes for an incredibly energy efficient home. There are also UV coating options available for double pane windows that contributes to energy efficiency and prevents furniture damage due to strong UV rays.

 

Cost Comparison: Single Pane vs. Double Pane

Yes, single pane windows are cheaper—but for a hefty long-term cost. Over time, your energy bills will increase due to insufficient window insulation with single pane windows. In fact, simply by switching to double pane windows, you can reduce your energy usage by 18% in the summer and 24% in the winter (source). The combined savings of double pane windows results in a huge return on your investment.

 

The Ultimate Noise-Reduction Solution: Triple Pane Windows

There is an even more efficient option for noise-canceling solutions. Triple pane windows, while similar to double-pane windows, can fill the space between the middle and inner window pane with insulating gas, such as argon. This doubles the amount of inert gas inside the window and results in highly effective insulation from noise—and weather. The extra layer of low-E can prevent radiant thermal heat from the outside, which is beneficial for homes in hot climates such as Phoenix, Arizona. There’s no better way to protect your home from noise and wasted energy.

 

Find the Most Efficient Noise-Canceling Windows for Your Home with XO

At XO Windows, we have a large selection of double paned and triple paned windows that can keep your home quiet. Our experience and expertise allows us to assess your unique needs and guide you along the way to finding your perfect windows to fit your style, comfort and budget.

 

For a FREE estimate or for more information about our products and services, call us today at 602-396-4825—or contact us here.

Single pane vs double pane windows

Single Pane Vs. Double Pane Windows

Picking the right windows for your home is big decision. Your budget along with the appearance, style, and desired energy efficiency are all things to consider. One of the first steps to take is to choose between singe pane or double pane windows.

Single Pane Windows

Much like it sounds, single pane windows are made with one layer of glass. These windows are offered in the same styles and materials as double pane windows, but are not particularly effective at insulating the home from noise pollution or seasonal temperatures. Homeowners who live in mild climates and quiet neighborhoods may lean toward single pane windows as they are an initially cheaper option. However, the overall cost of single pane windows will increase over time due to inefficient energy savings.

Double Pane Windows

Alternatively, double paned windows are made with two individual layers of glass with space between them. Applauded as sturdy and durable, the separated layers of glass act as a buffer and capture cold temperatures and high heat before they can leak into the home. This results in a lower energy bill over time and a reduction in fossil fuel use altogether.

This buffer also captures noise pollution in the same way. While not always sound-proof, double paned windows are able to significantly reduce the noise of traffic, neighbors and late night noises that may keep you up at night. What’s more? Double paned windows typically add to the overall value of your home.

 Energy Savings

If you are installing windows in a new home or replacing old, outdated ones, double paned windows generally result in a large return on your investment. In fact, 25% of annual heating and cooling costs for an average American home is attributed to inefficient windows, according to the Department of Energy (source). By switching to higher efficiency double paned windows, your energy bill is certain to decrease. Even the most basic double paned windows can reduce energy usage by 18% in the summer and up to 24% in the winter when compared to older single paned windows (source).

In order to see energy savings, however, all windows must be replaced with a double paned model. A single replacement will not yield the same money-saving results.

Cost

Single paned windows are a cheaper purchase. Homeowners on a tight budget, in turn, may be more likely to decide on the less efficient option. More often than not, these windows require added technology to keep the seasonal temperatures out eventually; thus, the added price over time—in addition to the higher energy bills—may not be worth the cheaper upfront cost.

Triple Pane Windows

If you’re looking for added security, energy savings and noise reduction, triple pane windows are a wonderful option. While similar to double-paned windows, triple pane models can fill the space between the middle and inner window pane with insulating gas, such as argon, doubling the amount of inert gas within the window. This acts as a highly effective insulator to save energy. The extra layer of low-E can have a drastic effect on preventing radiant thermal heat from the outside, which is beneficial for homes in hot climates such as Phoenix, Arizona.

What’s more, triple-glazed windows tend to attract little to no condensation as a result of their inherent energy efficiency. These windows are harder to break, trap heat and cold air and block noise from the outdoors effectively.

Selecting Your Windows with XO

At XO Windows, we have a large selection of double paned and triple paned windows that offer you and your home a multitude of benefits. Our experience and expertise allows us to assess your unique needs and guide you along the way to finding your perfect windows to fit your style, comfort and budget.

For a FREE estimate or for more information about our products and services, call us today at 602-396-4825—or contact us here.