Just when you thought double-paned windows were the height of energy efficiency, here comes triple-paned. Adding the third pane to a double-paned window makes a tremendous difference in terms of energy efficiency. Though there are extra up-front costs associated with triple-paned glass windows, energy rebates are available.
The Energy Trust of Oregon offers rebates to qualifying projects. We can help you apply and navigate the paperwork. Note that this is a cash rebate, not a tax incentive. If your project qualifies—and we’ll help you get there—you will receive a check in return from the state of Oregon. This offer is only available to residents of Oregon, or to projects inside the state’s borders. However, there may be federal tax incentives for qualifying energy-efficient projects.
Beyond generating savings on monthly energy bills, triple-paned windows create an overall sense of comfort in the house. If you’ve ever spent time in an older home during the winter, you may recall the cold draft near a single-paned window. Now, imagine that draft reduced to near zero. Even if you have lessened your energy bill with solar panels, a tankless water heater and geothermal heat, you will appreciate the increased coziness in your home.
If you’re upgrading your windows or building a new house, a feature such as triple-paned windows will make a difference when it comes time to sell the home. While surface or low-emissivity coatings can make your windows more energy efficient, new windows will help your home maintain its value and perhaps sell faster when it comes time to list.
Solar View Windows
For those seeking energy efficient windows that are built to last, we recommend Solar View Windows to our friends in the Pacific Northwest. The panes are treated with a specialty coating, Cardinal Lo-i81™, which is baked onto the outfacing side of the window. This coating turns a regular double-paned window into one that rivals the efficiency of a triple pane.
Solar View Windows also feature stellar seals, which are proven to have only a 0.2% failure rate over 20 years, an industry best. Between the panes, Solar View injects argon gas, an inert vapor that cuts the window’s overall U-factor (the heat loss from a window).
We have the option to offer you triple-paned windows or a special coating on double-paned windows for the same effect. There are pros and cons of each: double panes are lighter and, with 50 percent less weight, are easier to operate and easier on the frames. There are upfront costs associated with either option, but special rebates can offset the cost. Energy Trust of Oregon offers rebates to some WA customers as well.