Double Pane Vinyl Replacement Windows are an effective solution for reducing unwanted outdoor sounds. When you have the windows installed, you’ll notice a dip in your heating and cooling costs and will also enjoy a quieter indoor environment.
The design of these windows features two layers of glass – additional layers that block out ambient sounds more effectively. If you’re looking for maximum sound relief, consider upgrading to a triple pane vinyl window design.
However, if you want a quieter option without breaking the bank, you can still choose a double paned energy-efficient replacement window. This upgrade will not only make your indoor environment quieter but, again, will also save you on your utility bills.
In fact, double or triple paned windows can insulate your home and potentially save you from 25% to 30% on annual utility payments. Additionally, replacing your windows with double or triple paned window designs will increase the resale value of your home over time.
It’s also important to note that the extra glass will keep your furnace or AC from working too hard. As a result, you can save more money on maintenance or replacement parts.
How Double Panes Work
The air space between the two layers of glass in double paned windows acts as an insulator, making it more difficult for sounds to penetrate through the glass. This means that traffic noises, wailing sirens, and other outside distractions will not disturb your indoor environment.
Vinyl windows with double or triple panes are highly effective at softening some of those harsh outdoor distractions. Increasing the gap between the glass causes less sound to travel indoors. So, when you’re shopping for windows, look for windows specifically rated for soundproofing or sound reduction. Check how they are manufactured and see how much they can maximize the noise-blocking impact.
The space between the two panes of glass in double-paned windows is critical.This void, usually filled with an inert gas, acts again as an insulator to block outside noise from entering your home.
It also prevents cool or warm air from escaping outside. When sound waves hit the outside pane of glass, most of the energy is reflected back outside. Any sound that manages to pass through the pane gets trapped in the gap, bouncing around and eventually losing its energy.
By the time any remaining sound reaches the inside pane of glass, it does not have enough power to vibrate the glass and create those unwanted and annoying sounds. So, if you choose a single pane, make sure the glass is thicker so you can receive similar benefits.
Choosing the Best Glass for Better Soundproofing
That’s why, when it comes to soundproofing your windows, you should choose thicker and denser glass. The combination of the space between the panes and the thickness of the glass will provide better soundproofing in your home.
For maximum noise reduction, look for windows with triple-paned glass and a high Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating. An STC rating of 35 or higher is considered the best for blocking out most outside sounds. Remember, the higher the STC rating, the less outside noise will get through your windows.
Double paned windows can reduce outside noise by up to 95%. This amazing feat happens because, once again, the sealed pocket of gas between the panes creates a formidable sound barrier. If your neighbor cranks up their stereo or their dog barks regularly, you can take a nap without any outside interference.
A window with a gap from about 1 to 2 inches will give your home environment the peace and tranquility you need. With an inert gas in the middle, noise reduction is, again, further improved. The gas is denser, which adds to more insulation against outside sounds and even pollution and unpleasant smells.
So, if you select new windows, look for vinyl replacement windows or liquid wood windows with double or triple paned glass. Who knows? It might save you from having to use a hearing aid when you are older.
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Investing in double paned vinyl windows or triple paned styles offers two great benefits: increased energy savings and a noticeable difference in the reduction of noise. These benefits will enhance how you feel physically and mentally over time.
For more information about double pane vinyl replacement windows, schedule a consultation with a representative from California Deluxe Windows today.