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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 aligns with your home. Another key feature to consider is which type of glass will help your home stay most comfortable year round. Glass can affect the amount of heat or cold that gets inside your house and contribute to energy efficiency.

A key feature of our Low-E insulating glass is that it can include argon. But what is argon? We get that a lot.

The simple answer is that argon is a colorless, nontoxic gas that’s denser than air. It’s one of the most abundant atmospheric gases, and it doesn’t react with other elements. Argon also has low thermal conductivity, which means heat does not easily transfer across it. This makes the gas ideal to use as a form of insulation in 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 of the most compelling 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 recognize that window and door glass needs fluctuate by the region of the country that you’re located in. That’s why we carry glass options for the climate and weather patterns in Minneapolis. Just check out our energy efficient glass options for more details. When you pick glass for your windows and patio doors that uses insulating argon, you can rest easy knowing you’ve made a decision that will help improve the comfort and lower the energy expenses for your home. And that’s a great feeling.

Pella offers windows and patio doors with advanced Low-E double-pane glass and that are ENERGY STAR® qualified so you can take advantage of energy efficiency and comfort from the start. Want to know more about how your glass choice will affect your home? Call our Pella Window and Door Showroom in Minneapolis for an in-home consultation or to learn more about your next window replacement.