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What is Argon?

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If you’re looking for replacement windows, you’ve likely focused on selecting the style and material type that best aligns with your home. Another essential feature to consider is which type of glass will help your home maintain a comfortable temperature in every season. Glass can affect the amount of heat or cold that gets inside and contribute to energy efficiency.

A key feature of our Low-E insulating glass is that it can include argon. But what is argon? We get that question a lot.

The simple answer is that argon is a colorless, nontoxic gas that’s denser than air. It’s the third most abundant atmospheric gas, and it doesn’t react with other elements. Argon also has low thermal conductivity, so heat does not easily transfer across it. This makes the gas great to use as a form of insulation in window glass because it slows down the transfer of hot air into your home during the summer months and slows down the transfer of heat out of your home in the winter.

The Benefits

We use insulating argon between panes of Low-E glass because it provides lots of benefits to our customers. Some results are shared below.

  • Depending on the glass type, blocks 69% to 94% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, protecting your home from harmful rays.
  • Helps keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer to help keep you comfortable.
  • Better insulating windows can help lower your energy bills.

At Pella, we recognize that window and door glass needs fluctuate by the region of the country that you’re located in. That’s why we offer glass options for the climate and weather tendencies in Washington DC. Just check out our energy efficient glass options for more details. When you select glass for your windows and patio doors that uses insulating argon, you can relax knowing you’ve made a decision that will help increase the comfort and reduce the energy expenses for your home. And that’s a pretty good feeling.

Pella offers windows and patio doors with advanced Low-E double-pane glass and that are ENERGY STAR® certified so you can take advantage of energy efficiency and comfort immediately. Want more information about how your glass choice will affect your home? Call our Pella Window and Door Showroom in Washington DC for an in-home consultation or to discover more about your next window replacement.