When choosing new windows for your house, you don’t want to skim over this decision; windows make quite the difference in your home! If you’re deciding between double pane or single pane windows, this blog is for you. The difference between the two goes much deeper than cost. It’s surprising how much of a difference that one extra layer of glass makes! Today, we’ll go into detail about the two window types to help you make the best purchasing decision possible. 


What Is the Difference?

As the name implies, single-pane windows have a single layer of glass, while double-pane windows have two layers. Double-pane windows are separated by a small space either filled with air, argon gas, or krypton gas. The gases are non-toxic, odorless, and invisible. While the two window types look the same for the most part, there are many essential differences between them. 


#1: Cost

The price of the windows typically factors in heavily with homeowners purchasing decisions. As you may have guessed, single-pane windows are much cheaper than double pane. There is a reason for this, though, as dual pane windows come with many advantages. While they require a higher upfront cost, they can significantly reduce your heating and cooling bills and will likely last you a lifetime. While double-pane windows may cost more initially, they’re usually more affordable long-term. Single pane windows will need to be replaced a couple more times later on and allow the air from your heater and A/C to escape through the window. No one likes throwing money out the window!


#2: Energy Efficiency

Around 25%-30% of your home’s cooling and heating use is due to heat gain and loss through your windows. Dual pane windows add an extra layer of insulation, and the optional window glazing and argon gas will even further insulate your home. Heat won’t enter your home in the summer, and warm air will stay inside during the winter. Your windows will help regulate indoor temperatures so you can rely less on your HVAC system. 


While the energy-saving applies to most homes, there are times where the cost-saving won’t be as drastic. If you live in an area with mild weather year-round, your energy bill won’t change as much. An easy way to determine if you live in a temperate climate is if you keep your windows open throughout the majority of the year. 


#3: Insulation

Since single pane windows only include one piece of glass, they don’t insulate your home as effectively from noise or outdoor temperatures. Double pane windows will keep the inside of your home at a comfortable temperature, even with extreme outdoor temperatures. They even keep out noise pollution, so you don’t have to hear the garbage truck, passing traffic, or noisy neighbors. Unlike many old, deteriorating windows, our highly skilled team of installers will make sure that your windows won’t have any drafts or openings around the frame. 


WindowFits Is Here To Help

Double pane windows are the standard in newer homes, but if you have an older home with single-pane windows, it may be time to upgrade. We understand that you may have budget constraints which is why we offer financing options for homeowners. We hope our blog has helped you when making an informed decision between double pane or single pane windows. If you have any questions, our team is here to help. You can call us at 1-951-667-2593 or contact us by filling out a form on our website!