Glass panes are the main elements of any window, therefore it is most important for them to be of the highest quality. Harsh prairie climates usually require a minimum of 2 panes for adequate thermo-insulation. We, at Ecoline Windows, go as far as making 3-pane units, especially beneficial for areas with prolonged winter where temperatures remain lower for longer.
In addition, windows get a large part of their energy efficiency from low-emissive (LoE) coatings on interior panes of glass. Gases like Argon and Krypton are injected into the sealed glass unit to further lower the amount of heat transferred through the window.
Triple pane windows feature an additional pane that is located between the two exterior panes. This means you get the additional benefit of an extra layer of Argon or Krypton Gas between the panes, which leads to better insulation. Triple pane windows are also set in sturdier, higher quality frames and are equipped with stronger hardware, making them more durable and better performing when compared to double-pane units.
For ENERGY STAR®, there are three climate zones in Canada (1, 2, 3), based on an average annual temperature indicator called a Heating Degree Day (HDD). Zone 1 is the mildest and Zone 3 is the coldest. Colder areas require windows that are more energy efficient.
LoE Coated Glass
Approximately 75% of the window area is glass. Although windows provide beautiful views and wonderful natural light, they can also be responsible for the majority of the annual heating costs for a home, through heat loss. It is important that new windows effectively retain heat inside, while keeping extreme hot and cold weather outside.
Think of LoE coating as invisible insulation that helps to provide a shield:
In the winter, LoE coated glass helps keep your home warm and cozy by blocking heat loss through windows while allowing the sun’s heat inside.
In the warmer weather, LoE coating blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting the interior of your home and keeping your furniture from fading. At the same time allowing in more visible sunlight.
LoE coated glass is simply the best way to help minimize energy costs and maintain comfortable temperatures inside your home all year round.
LoE glass retains more interior heat than ordinary glass, helping to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Cooler in the summer
LoE glass filters out harmful UV rays and reduces solar heat gain.
Argon and Krypton Gas
Triple pane technology is designed to reduce the window’s heat conductivity and stop the cold from getting inside the house. To achieve this, Argon or Krypton Gases are utilized to fill the space between the panes. Both gases conduct up to 50% less heat than air, and when coupled with triple pane construction you get added protection against heat loss, condensation and cold weather. Less heat loss translates directly into more energy cost savings for you.
Inside high-quality windows you will find a spacer between the layers of glass. This spacer is usually constructed of steel or metal. Its purpose is to separate, seal and insulate the layers of glass, helping to keep your home warmer.
Ecoline Windows uses an improved spacer. Our white “S-Class” Super Spacer is constructed with flexible, 100% polymer foam instead of metal. Foam spacers can expand and contract, reducing cold transfer through the spacer, which helps to reduce the formation of condensation.
When it comes to durability, the white “S-Class” Super Spacer outperforms other spacers in the industry’s toughest tests with a simulated 90-year lifespan.
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