Single pane windows are not recommended for any homeowner because of their serious lack of efficiency. Installing single pane windows will provide no insulation for your home, and even if you live in an area with moderate weather conditions, there are going to be times when the weather takes a turn and you can be facing extremely high energy bills not to mention discomfort of being in a home without proper insulation. However, the decision between double and triple pane windows is a bit more complicated. Both window options work well for homeowners, but it also depends on your specific situation. Here are three tips to help you make the right decision before your window installation team arrives.

  1. Consider the Climate You Live In: If you live in an area that experiences extremely high temperatures in the summer and low temperatures in the winter, then triple pane windows are recommended. The energy saving costs alone are worth the investment because you will save a ton of money on home heating and cooling. On top of this, you and your family will live much more comfortably during these times of the year with triple pane windows keeping the home well insulated. 
  2. Consider Your Time in the Home: If you plan on moving out relatively soon, then you might just want to invest in double pane windows. It's going to be more affordable and still provide future homeowners with the insulation that they need, so it shouldn't have an effect on home value if you choose double over triple pan windows. You also want to consider how much time you spend in the home. If the heating and cooling isn't used that much because you spend a lot of time at work or traveling, then double pane may also be the better option. 
  3. Consider Cost: Triple pane windows are going to be more costly than double pane windows simply because they use more glass and they weigh more, which means that a better quality window frame is needed. However, it's worth the investment if you are going to be in your home for the long-term, meaning that you will start to see the windows pay for themselves over time with the amount of energy savings you are going to get. If you are not able to afford it, though, double pane windows are more affordable and still provide the insulation benefits, just not as high as triple pane windows do. 

With these three tips, you are sure to better understand the difference between double and triple pane windows and which option is better for you.