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What is Argon?

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If you’re looking for replacement windows, you’ve probably focused on selecting the style and material type that best fits your home. Another important feature to consider is which type of glass will help your home stay most comfortable in every season. Glass can influence the amount of heat or cold that gets inside your house and contribute to energy efficiency.

A major feature of our Low-E insulating glass is that it can be crafted with argon. But what is argon? We get that a lot.

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 perfect 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 multiple benefits to our customers. Some results are shared below.

  • Depending on the glass type, Argon blocks 69% to 94% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, protecting your home from harmful rays.
  • Argon 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 realize that window and door glass needs differ by the region of the country that you’re located in. That’s why we carry glass options for the climate and weather in Boise. Just look through our energy efficient glass options for more details. When you select glass for your windows and patio doors that uses insulating argon, you can rest easy knowing you’ve made a decision that will help increase the comfort and lower the energy expenses for your home. And that feels pretty good.

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 Boise for an in-home consultation or to learn more about your next window replacement.