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  • chevy3100
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    With all "special" windows (ie. not just standard double pane) - ask for performance figures for 5 years out.... No one will guarantee anything as typically any "gasses" they put in between the window panes will have diffused through any seal by then & all that is between them is good ol air like a normal double pane window. It really doesn't even take that long. Ask what the sealing material is - if there is not an aluminum foil layer or something similar there is no way that the low-e gasses will stay...

    (even with something as simple as pre-insulated pipe - polyurethane sprayed foam encased in an extruded HDPE jacket - within 2-3 years the blowing agent will diffuse through the closed cell foam and through the HDPE jacket, lowering the insulation value by 20-30% - that is through solid extruded high density polyethylene)

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  • Chassisman
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    I just had all new triple pane low E's installed in our new place.... 195.00 per window installed for standard size.....the 40x96 XOX was only 375.00 installed..3 patio doors..525.00 ea....guess the really needed the work...BTW...Milguard Windows....with custom grids.

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  • squirrel
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    I read dilbert every day, this one is a goody

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  • Bamfster
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    Originally posted by TheSilverBuick
    Originally posted by Bamfster
    I think it's money well spent .... not sure about the low E rating, but double and even triple panes are money well spent. It lessens outside noise, helps insulate, and improves the value of the home. Be sure and check into any public service rebates or tax credits, with the green thought process nowadays, there is a lot of $$$ available to help offset the cost.
    Todays :D
    HA!.....

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  • TheSilverBuick
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    Originally posted by Bamfster
    I think it's money well spent .... not sure about the low E rating, but double and even triple panes are money well spent. It lessens outside noise, helps insulate, and improves the value of the home. Be sure and check into any public service rebates or tax credits, with the green thought process nowadays, there is a lot of $$$ available to help offset the cost.
    Todays :D

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  • Barry Donovan
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    Originally posted by studemax
    For what it's worth, the triple pane windows are even better.
    I believe that too.

    long periods of zero here is a double pane loss..they frost up just like an old house.
    it is excellent for wind, doubled.
    I wonder what loses in the triple. all windows lose.

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  • horsewidower
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    Well worth the money. Especially on those really hot days.

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  • Bamfster
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    I think it's money well spent .... not sure about the low E rating, but double and even triple panes are money well spent. It lessens outside noise, helps insulate, and improves the value of the home. Be sure and check into any public service rebates or tax credits, with the green thought process nowadays, there is a lot of $$$ available to help offset the cost.

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    for you.. it might be a waste..
    but you do get a tax credit so.

    it should help with the a/c cost if the apartments are insulated
    if they aren't you spent extra money.. for not much..
    the tax credit should offset any extra money spent..
    so

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  • studemax
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    For what it's worth, the triple pane windows are even better.

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  • squirrel
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    I'd guess that it's definitely worth it in areas where it gets really cold. Not so much where you are Alex. Heat transfer is proportional to temperature difference, and in Phx if you're trying to keep the house around 75 degrees inside, you have a 40 degree max temp difference between inside and outside, on the coldest and hottest days. A lot of the time the difference is much less than that. Where it gets cold (like zero for long times) the temperature difference is a lot higher, so more energy is wasted keeping the house warm.

    If the new windows make your house more comfortable for you, then it wasn't a waste of money.

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  • TheSilverBuick
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    My house came with them, but it would certainly be high on my priority of house improvements if the house hadn't come with them.

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  • BBR
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    My sister upgraded and she was amazed at the difference.

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  • DanStokes
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    The dual pane is DEFINITELY worth the expense. I'll be curious to hear what the guys say about the low-E. They're really popular here with our extreme sun and high Summer temps but I don't know how much practical difference there is.

    Dan

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  • JOES66FURY
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    my dad upgraded from single pane wood framed windows to the type you installed...he lives in PA...growing up the house was hot in the summer and freezing in the winter...he says it is like a new house...downright amazing the difference..he saved quite a bit in heating this pat winter as well.

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