Argon vs. Krypton: Which Insulating Gas Is Best for Your Replacement Windows?
Energy efficiency is one of the most important factors for homeowners who are looking for new windows for their homes. Energy-efficient windows have many benefits—they help to make a home “greener” by reducing their energy consumption, and they can also lead to reduced energy costs as well. Additionally, having energy-efficient windows can help make a home more comfortable, as a homeowner won’t feel an uncomfortable hot or cold spot near their windows.
There are a number of features that can help to make a window more energy-efficient. Some windows feature multiple panes of glass. Others feature foam spacers and insulated frames. One of the most coveted features of energy-efficient windows is a gas fill. Essentially, these windows have special insulating gas in between panes of glass to help keep heat from transferring into and out of the home. Most commonly, these gas fills utilize either argon gas or krypton gas. But which insulating gas is best for your replacement windows? Read on to learn the difference between these two types of insulating gas so that you can determine which will best meet your needs.
The Difference Between Argon Gas and Krypton Gas
To begin, argon and krypton gas have a few similarities. Both are colorless, odorless, and non-toxic. Argon is a less expensive option, but it does not perform as well. Homeowners who are truly looking to invest in the most energy-efficient windows available should consider those that have krypton gas fills, as this gas is the better insulator. This is because krypton gas particles are smaller than argon gas particles, so they can fit better in all the small spaces between panes of windows. Additionally, krypton gas is six times denser than argon gas.
Of course, a window’s insulating gas is only one of the factors that contribute to its overall energy efficiency. If you are in the market for new windows, it is important that you consider all of your potential window’s energy-saving features as well as its whole-unit U-factor.
American WeatherTECHS offers industry-leading triple-pane windows with krypton gas fills. These windows are perfect for homeowners looking to maximize their home’s energy efficiency. Our vinyl windows also boast enhanced durability, as they are made from top-quality vinyl that won’t peel, crack, chip, rot, or warp. Our windows can be installed in virtually any style you could want for your home, including casement, slider, bay, bow, single-hung, and double-hung. You can also choose their color and other decorative options to create windows that have the perfect look for your home.
To learn more about the energy-efficient windows we have available for your home, contact American WeatherTECHS today. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our windows. We can also schedule your initial consultation if you are ready to invest in our windows for your home.