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What Are the Benefits of Double Pane Windows?

If you own an older or historic home in the Minneapolis area, chances are if your windows are the original ones, they are single pane glass.  In fact, it wasn’t until the 1970s that double pane glass windows became common.  Most new homes built in the 1970s-1980s were constructed with these type of windows.  Double pane glass may also be referred to as double glazing.  These types of windows are now the standard.

You might wonder if your home is one of those with single-pane windows whether it’s worth it to replace them with more energy-efficient double pane windows.  In most cases, we’d say it certainly is, and for more reasons than you might think.  (The exception is if your windows are genuine wood and still in good shape.  You can read more in this previous post about why we don’t recommend replacements windows for most homes like this.)

  • The major benefit of windows with double glazing is energy savings.  Whether it’s air between the two glass panes or gas such argon, a window with two panes of glass will cut down on your heating or cooling bills because the space between the window panes acts as an insulator.  (Argon-filled windows provide a higher insulating value than just air-filled.)
  • Another plus is noise reduction.  That air- or gas-filled space between the glass panes cuts down on noise transference from the outside.  If you live in a neighborhood that has a lot of exterior noise (such as close to a busy street), you’ll definitely appreciate this benefit.
  • Replacing single-pane windows with double panes can increase the value of your home.  While that might not mean much now, it will when it comes time to sell.

If you do have a home with original wood windows that are still in good shape, you may want to consider having Mon-Ray acoustic storm windows installed over them.  You’ll get much of the same benefits while retaining the aesthetics you fell in love with when you bought your home. These windows have been installed in both residential, institutional, and commercial buildings across the country.  And we’re proud to offer Mon-Ray storm windows to our customers here in the Twin Cities.  

Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota home improvement contractor serving the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.  Our specialty is energy-efficient exterior products such as replacement windows and exterior doors.






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