For most of us, our windows fall into the category of things we rely on every day that we really do not want to think about. Beside refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and doors, the windows are just another thing that we are happy to not think about as long as they work properly.
It's shameful because the technology behind our windows has changed drastically over the past 100 years, from humble frames to UPVC windows with multiple panes, innovative locking methods and even hinges that open windows in a variety of ways.
However, one of the most important changes was the rise of double and triple glazing. Formerly an expensive rarity, it is now the accepted standard for modern window design, but how do these types of windows work?
What is double glazing and how does it work?
Double glazing is a window made of two glass panels separated by a layer of imprisoned argon glass. Double glazing is by far the most common type of window installed today, and can be found in homes of all types.
Argon gas is used because it has 67% of the thermal conductivity of the air, which makes it a poor conductor of heat, which keeps the atmosphere clean. hot air trapped in your home and cold air. It is for this reason that double glazing has experienced a rapid increase in popularity, because the overall effect of having a house equipped with this type of glazing is a significantly higher energy efficiency.
An added benefit of double glazing techniques is that they also act as a secondary barrier to exterior noise, greatly reducing the interior noise of homes in cities and towns.
What is triple glazing and how does it work?
Triple glazing is a modern and expensive window design technique, consisting of three panes for superior energy efficiency and noise.
Like double-glazed models, triple glazed windows use separate windows with spacers between them. Between these spaces, an inert gas such as xenon, krypton or argon is used to help reduce heat transfer between the outside world and the interior of the house.
However, because there is more glass and more spaces for the gas, the noise and heat reduction properties are magnified and therefore more apt to keep the noise and the old on the outside of your house. These windows are generally used in colder countries, though they are exceptionally useful all over the world.