FEATURE – Argon Gas Windows
The Truth about Argon in Windows
Argon Gas Windows is one of the most “asked about” features we offer. Argon is highly promoted within the replacement window industry, particularly with in-home sales people. Some window makers even use Krypton Gas because it’s slightly denser than Argon. Krypton is more expensive than Argon Gas Windows. Because Argon Gas Windows are so often asked for, it is currently a standard feature in all our double pane glass windows.
Many professional window sales people tout the benefits of using Argon Gas Windows for improving home energy efficiency as if it were the single most important component in the window. The truth is, Argon Gas in Windows is one of the least impactful options that we offer. When we inform our clients regarding the truth about Argon, we get our fair share of puzzled looks! Here’s the real truth about Argon.
What are the Advantages of Argon Gas Windows
Argon works best when used in cold climates. Argon gas windows are designed to lower the U-Value of a window. The U-Value is tested and certified thermal rating, generated by the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council). The U-Value represents how well a window performs in cold weather. Many of the testing benchmarks for U-Value start at ZERO degrees. Anyone who lives in central and south Texas knows that we rarely get that cold!
Argon makes a 1% to 2% difference with our windows during our short winter months. While we believe that Argon only makes a slight impact on our windows performance in Texas, we automatically have all our double pane windows manufactured with Argon.
Argon and Krypton are in the family of Nobel Gases. Argon’s Atomic Number is 18 and Krypton is 36. They are inert and safe gases that occur naturally in our atmosphere. These gasses are invisible and heavier than air, thus they are more dense than normal air. If used in a window, these gases are added between the 2 panes of glass as they are manufactured permanently into the sealed glass units.
Neither Argon nor Krypton has any affect on sound transmission or stopping the suns harmful Ultraviolet or Infrared Energy. That is, sound waves and the direct energy from the sun pass through these gases, same as if it were regular air. Many home window sales people misrepresent Argon in windows as a sound deterrent component. Not only is that incorrect, but it should alert any astute window consumer to be wary of those who will say anything to gain your business.
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Our Low E Glass Blocks the Majority of the Sun’s Harmful & Unwanted Energy
The truth is, using Krypton & Argon Gas windows for improving home energy efficiency work best in very cold climates. In Texas, choose Ringer Windows great Low E windows for impressive energy efficiency.
Quality Argon Gas Windows
Here is a question to ponder… If you are replacing your windows with energy efficient window options such as Argon Gas Fill or Low E Glass, why would you select a window that doesn’t meet the quality of the energy efficient options you seek? Your window must meet the structural demands to last! Don’t let the window on the left be the window you choose for your replacement or new construction windows! The mechanical joints failed on this window within 3 years and any Argon Gas would have leaked out soon after installation.
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