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Comparing Double Glazed Sash Type Windows Against Single Glazed Windows

By James Trent

The high cost of energy is an excellent reason to explore ways to minimize heat loss in buildings. One very important consideration is the type of windows used in construction. Comparing double glazed sash windows to single glazed windows is helpful when exploring alternatives for energy conservation.

Application of reflective or tinted coating was an early attempt to insulate windows. The layer blocked some of the glare and heat from the Sun. Other chemical treatments somewhat helped to enhance occupant comfort. Older houses usually had sash windows, which were made of 2 big glass panes built into wooden frames. As the wood wore over the years, the glass panes were no longer sealed properly, so most buildings were drafty and uncomfortable.

In newer construction, panes of glass are doubled inside a frame, with either a vacuum or a type of gas between them. There is more insulation to keep heated and cooled air where it is needed. In all seasons, it is important to control energy output, which of course, affects fuel costs. Double-paned windows provide an acoustic effect, providing a more quiet environment indoors. This benefit would be of extreme importance to residents near an airport, a railway, or an athletic field, etc.

Double windows provide much more security than single windows. Double panes increase the difficulty of breaking into a building by prying open a window. The more substantial structure of the double window and its locks give added protection to the building occupants. Pollutants are less likely to enter buildings through well-insulated windows. People who suffer from allergies are susceptible to natural allergens, and need protection from their effects. Others live near thoroughfares with toxic emissions from automobiles. Many companies produce chemical toxins, and buildings with double or even triple glazing can increase security from potentially harmful threats.

Improved insulation preserves heated and cooled air. That feature of double pane construction is instrumental in reducing waste and depletion of the Earth’s fossil fuels.

When contrasting the appearance of well-constructed, insulated windows against the look of worn-out or shoddy wooden or metal ones, there is value in using the newer products and construction. Increasing “curb appeal” is often the deciding factor in the decision to lease or buy a building.

When trying to increase comfort levels, quietness, and security, while reducing energy consumption, the selection of window type is critical. Comparing double glazed sash windows to single glazed windows can make all the difference.

For better energy efficiency, you should consider double glazed sash windows instead of single glazed. Sash windows allow for natural movement of air, thus reducing your energy requirements even further.

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Trent, James "Comparing Double Glazed Sash Type Windows Against Single Glazed Windows." Comparing Double Glazed Sash Type Windows Against Single Glazed Windows. 7 Oct. 2010. 23 Feb 2018 <>.

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Trent, J (2010, October 7). Comparing Double Glazed Sash Type Windows Against Single Glazed Windows. Retrieved February 23, 2018, from

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Trent, James "Comparing Double Glazed Sash Type Windows Against Single Glazed Windows"

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